Physical Training Basement - Room G.


Physical Training Basement - Room G.
This image depicts a group of female students participating in the Physiology and Hygiene Course that was developed by Lucy Osband in 1886. Osband taught this course in addition to Natural Science courses, but received no extra pay for doing so. In the basement room in the Old Main, Osband’s program included military marching, pulley weights, and “Swedish Routine Movements,” which involved the use of the dumbbells depicted in the photograph. Physical Culture classes had to be held in the basement due to the fact that the campus gymnasium had burned down in 1873. (Pedersen. Article in photo sheets).
Gibson Studio
Black-and-white photography, Exercise, Women, Physical education and training
Michigan State Normal School, Ypsilanti, MI