Incredible historical 1911 OMU Oklahoma Methodist University Women's Basketball Team Photo with identification on the back. A true rarity and an incredible piece of sports history! Large photo, mat measures 14-3/4" by 11-3/4". Photo is oval measuring 9" X 6-7/8". Photo is by Armantrout Bros. out of Guthrie, Oklahoma.
The Methodist Church formed Oklahoma Methodist University in Guthrie, Oklahoma in 1911, so this photo is from the very beginning of the school's history. After a few years the school's trustees developed a plan to close the school in Guthrie and relocate to Oklahoma City. The school opened in Oklahoma City as Oklahoma City College in 1919 from funding from the Methodist congregations, and some faculty from the defunct Fort Worth University. After the college opened it experienced rapid growth and changed its name to Oklahoma City University in 1924. OKlahoma City University still operates today.
The back of the photo lists the players, and also that they were members of Beta Alpha Phi. Photo was identified by searching these names in the Guthrie Newspaper archives and finding reports of the college basketball games.
Please see photos for condition. Matt shows damage form the years including water stains, erosion of the cardboard, damaged corners, etc. This is truly a rare photo from the very beginning of women's basketball!
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