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Tennis racket used by Althea Gibson

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Manufactured by
Wilson Sporting Goods Co., American, founded 1914
Owned by
Gibson, Althea, American, 1927 - 2003
Medium
wood, rubber, synthetic fiber
Dimensions
27 × 9 1/8 × 1 1/2 in. (68.6 × 23.2 × 3.8 cm)
Type
rackets (sports equipment)
Place made
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, united States, North and Central America
Date
ca. 1960
Description
A wooden Wilson brand tennis racket with cover used by Althea Gibson. The tennis racket is red and white with a black rubber tape at handle. Painted type near head of racket appears on both sides of the racket and reads “PROFESSIONAL MODEL / APOLLO. Black type on top of racket's head reads “7 PLY.” The racket has white synthetic strings.
Topic
African American
Tennis
Women
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Donald Felder and family
Object number
2014.205.2.1
Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Tools and Equipment-Sports and Recreational
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture