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

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Chicago girls at Sokol Sports, Prague, Austria




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



Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the caption card.

Photo shows young women demonstrating tennis technique, 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,


General information about the Bain Collection is available at


Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL):


Call Number: LC-B2- 2521-13



  • fine_line 7y

    Prague is not in Austria!!!!
    it is CZECH - please update your title and description.

    Perhaps the Czech republic was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire at the time, but Austria is something else altogether.
  • The Library of Congress PRO 7y

    Thanks! Prague was indeed part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the time that the photo was taken. We'll change the information in the source data and reload the description.
  • The Library of Congress PRO 7y

    gov calif: We will update the description to reflect both the original caption and add that the location was the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
  • A30yoyo 7y

    Maybe complete the story by mentioning that it was the capital of Czechoslovakia from about 1919 till the recent breakup into Czech Republic and Slovakia
  • Joe 7y

    To be precise, at the time this photo was taken Prague was designated on maps as being in Bohemia, the Austro-Hungarian province of which it was the principal city. The most accurate description would be Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary.
  • BobMeade 7y

    Well, it would be interesting to see what is on the caption card, if any. The LOC captions are meant to reflect what is on the negative and the caption card.

    The negative has, 'CHICAGO GIRLS AT SOKOL SPORTS PRAGUE 2521 - 13 "

    So, one wonders where the word "Austria" in the caption came from in the first place and if it is not on the caption card it may have been incorrectly added hence may not reflect the Bain Collection terminology of the day.

    Maybe one of the hard working people at the LOC will have to dig it out of the store to satisfy my curiosity.
  • Joe 7y

    Two other photos in the Prague Sokol series, here and here, both have negative captions reading "Austria," so at least part of the time it was a decision by somebody at Bain to put Prague in Austria rather than Bohemia.
  • BobMeade 7y

    I see, whyaduck.
  • The Library of Congress PRO 7y

    Thanks to all for the continuing observations about this photograph and those related to it.


    We can report that the original caption card for this negative (LC-B2-2521-13) reads: 'Chicago Girls at Sokol Sports, Prague, Austria'. Additions to the descriptive data to further reflect the location are underway.
  • BobMeade 7y

    Thank you, The Library of Congress. Nice of you to take the time.

    Austria can be taken then as one of the contemporary attributions of the location of Prague.
  • Timothy Takemoto PRO 7y

    Flickr says that users are invited to put tags of CC work but I see there are already a lot of tags already.
  • Artamnesia 7y

    My grandmother and relatives who came to this country about 1900, always said they were Austrian but claimed their parents spoke 'Bohemian'.
  • lee.ponzu 7y

    Well, most people know what "Prague" is, so just leave out Austria altogether. i don't see it on the caption written on the picture, anyway. Sokol is very much a Bohemian institution, too, not Germanic.

    By the way, what would be the LOC policy on place names. The people who live there call in Praha (PRA-ha), not the German name for it.
  • maurice flower 6y

  • D Ponton 5y

    I've included this photo in a blog post about exercise. -Thanks
  • Jukka 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Retro Athlete, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • kemalaslan2 2y

    Harika bir görsel enerji resmi de eklerseniz daha iyi olur.
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