From the Archive: Workin’ up a sweat

by Lesley Drayton, Curator of the Local History Archive 

Check out this fantastic image of physical fitness for women during the early 20th century. It’s from the Archive’s oversize photograph collection and dates to the early 1900s. The caption on the back of the original photograph states that the ladies are from a gym class at Colorado Agricultural College, present-day Colorado State University.

Perhaps the most charming part of this photograph is what is found alongside it: a piece of paper attached to a scrap of royal purple felt-like fabric. The paper reads “The suits were made of this material + each leg of the costume was two full widths of the material.”

Well, Spandex it is not….but it still looks like these ladies meant business when it came to fitness. 

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2 Responses to “From the Archive: Workin’ up a sweat”


  1. 1 robyn July 6, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Thank goodness we didn’t have to wear that for gym class! It sounds like if you took the belt off, you could fit the whole group into one outfit!

  2. 2 Doug July 6, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    It must have been easy to work up a sweat in those outfits!
    Doug


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