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Tennis Playing, Prospect Park, c.1875-1880, v1974.11.14

Tennis Playing, Prospect Park, c.1875-1880, v1974.11.14 Photograph courtesy Brooklyn Historical Society

Today's photo comes from the Brooklyn Historical Society archives: "Prospect Park, circa 1885. Lewis Nostrand Anderson Jr. is seen playing tennis with his cousin and two unidentified women. Lawn tennis was first introduced in Prospect Park in 1881 and became a popular recreational activity soon after. Thousands of visitors of all ages went to the park during their leisure time to enjoy outdoor activities and spend time with family and friends. The pastime eventually led to the building of the Tennis House in 1910, which was located in the Long Meadow section of Prospect Park. Today, the Tennis House is used as an office for Park Landscape management and various maintenance staff."

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