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Topics in Chronicling America - Ping-Pong

Love! Advantage! A "seductive influence!" It's 1902, and America is going crazy for the new British pastime called "ping-pong!" With articles on who was playing, how to play, and even the dangers of too much play, the newspapers of the day covered every aspect of this new-fangled fad. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.
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Important Dates:

  • 1901. The game of Ping-Pong spreads from England to the United States, becoming a "craze" for the next two years.

Suggested Search Terms:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] ping pong, table tennis, craze, fad, daft.
  • To narrow results search between 1901-1903.

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