Central High School Gymnastic Drill (film #35 on America at Work, America at Leisure. Also in the Historical section of Open Video Project). [Category: Early Film & TV]

Boys dressed in leotards demonstrate vaulting, boys dressed in shirts and ties show us their stuff on the parallel bars, while girls dressed in priceless-looking bloomer uniforms rock back and forth on a seesaw-ladder contraption. This has a wonderful turn-of-the-century feel to it, as well as being very well preserved. A 1904 Biograph film.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.

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