6000 girls at Sokol Sports at Prague, Austria (LOC)

6000 girls at Sokol Sports at Prague, Austria (LOC)
Image by The Library of Congress
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6000 girls at Sokol Sports at Prague, Austria


1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
Photo shows young women standing in formation, probably during the 6th Sokol Slet (gymnastic festival) held in 1912 in Prague (then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, now located in the Czech Republic). (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2008)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.11569

Call Number: LC-B2- 2521-14

4 thoughts on “6000 girls at Sokol Sports at Prague, Austria (LOC)

  1. There is a Wikipedia article on Sokol, which was the Czech version of the German Turnverein and other such youth athletic organizations which were part of a late 19th century mania for physical culture.

    The mass gatherings were called Slets, and are still held today. Here you can see one Flickr user’s photos tagged with sokol. You can also Google "sokol slet" to find a YouTube video promoting the 2009 Sokol Slet to be held in Fort Worth, Texas.

  2. Thanks for the additional information. We’ll add it to the source data and reload the description.

  3. From The Czech Sokol Organization website:

    VI. festival 1912 was a social event of the Federation "Slavonic Sokol" and lasted five weeks. More than 30 000 Sokols participated and competed and ten times more people came to see it. Sokols from the USA, France and Slavic countries performed there as well. The scene "Marathon" with 1500 participants was dedicated to the ancient Greek culture. It was a great encouragement to our nation.

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