Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pelote, 1930

From the archives: vintage photographs of pelote.
Two French Basque boys, playing pelote, 1930
Basque pelota (or pelote, in French) is the name for a variety of court sports played with a ball using one's hand, a racket, a wooden bat or a basket, against a wall (frontis) or, more traditionally, with two teams face to face separated by a line on the ground or a net. Their roots can be traced to the Greek and other ancient cultures.
 French Basque boys playing pelote against a wall, 1930

Pelote score-keeper in the French Basque Country, 1930, in traditional clothing

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