Historic #gymspiration from the newspaper archive!

Posted on January 11th, 2016 by BNA

So you’re all set for your morning jog when suddenly you realise that it’s raining. It’s getting cold. You can’t find your trainers and you forgot to charge your iPod. Thinking of giving up and crawling back under the sheets for a few extra minutes in dreamland?

Well stop right there!

We’ve had a look in the newspapers for our favourite pictures of gymnasiums through the ages, guaranteed to get you back up and running!

Western Morning News - Friday 18 November 1938  © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Western Morning News – Friday 18 November 1938 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette - Wednesday 21 September 1938 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette – Wednesday 21 September 1938 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Manchester Evening News - Thursday 23 May 1940 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Manchester Evening News – Thursday 23 May 1940 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail - Monday 31 August 1953 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail – Monday 31 August 1953 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Saturday 07 January 1950 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Dundee Evening Telegraph – Saturday 07 January 1950 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 

Sketched at the Girls' Gymnasium of the People's Palace, Mile End, drawn from life by Paul Renguard - The Graphic - Saturday 28 December 1895 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Sketched at the Girls’ Gymnasium of the People’s Palace, Mile End, drawn from life by Paul Renguard – The Graphic – Saturday 28 December 1895 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 

Evening Despatch - Thursday 07 December 1939 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Evening Despatch – Thursday 07 December 1939 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The Graphic - Saturday 18 January 1908 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The Graphic – Saturday 18 January 1908 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Monday 19 March 1928 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Dundee Evening Telegraph – Monday 19 March 1928 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

But, as always, someone had to go and ruin it. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this pleasure goes to The Illustrated Police News, which here features an image depicting the dramatic death of a “bright and promising girl” in a Victorian gymnasium.

Maybe it would be a better idea to go back to bed after all.

Illustrated Police News - Saturday 15 April 1899 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Illustrated Police News – Saturday 15 April 1899 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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