Women golfers pose in front of the ladies" clubhouse of the St Martins course at Philadelphia Cricket Club, circa 1900.
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Women golfers pose before the ladies" clubhouse at St. Martin's, early twentieth century.

Credit: Courtesy of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society and the Philadelphia Cricket Club.

As a physical fitness craze spread across the nation in the late 1800s, women took up golf, tennis, bicycling, and a host of other sports and athletic activities previously reserved only for men.

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