“Everybody as is Anybody Plays Ping-Pong” reads the headline for the March 2, 1902 issue of The Houston Daily Post.
“The only reason that ping-pong is not mentioned in Shakespeare is probably owing to the fact that the game was not invented in Shakespeare’s time. Poor Shakespeare,” the article goes on to say – adding those who are champions of the game are “it” with all of high society at their beck and call.
The game originated as a sport in Britain during the 1800s, where it was played among the upper-class as an after-dinner entertainment activity, commonly known then as "wiff-waff.” In 1901, the game spread from England to the United States, becoming a “craze” for the next two years.
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