Original 1950s bike polo bicycle – and Other Vintage and Modern Pics

1950s Polo BikeLovely pictures over on the BBC site today, contrasting new and old games of bicycle polo. This bicycle above  is just one shot from the gallery, and, despite looking like a 1980s lo-pro (AKA modern hipster bike) was actually made in the 1950s and is highly maneuverable and well-adapted for its grass-court polo use.

The original grass-court game has a long and illustrious history in the UK, US, Ireland and India, and was an exhibition sport in the 1908 Olympics. Many of the photos on display are from the Getty archive, and show the thriving league in London in the 1950s and 1960s. There’s even a photo of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (the Queen’s husband, for non-UK readers), playing in 1967.

Click below for a picture of a vintage ladies’ team – but do check out the BBC gallery, as it would be cheeky to post any more here.

© Getty

© Getty

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