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Ping-Pong Craze: Topics in Chronicling America

In 1901, the spread of the Ping-Pong from England to the United States leads to a two-year craze for the sport. This guide provides access to material related to the "Ping-Pong Craze" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


"Ping-Pong." April 6, 1902. The Saint Paul Globe (St. Paul, MN), Image 23. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Love! Advantage! A "seductive influence!" It's 1902, and America is going crazy for the new British pastime called ping-pong. With articles on who was playing, how to play, and even the dangers of too much play, the newspapers of the day covered every aspect of this new-fangled fad. Read more about it! Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


1901 The game of Ping-Pong spreads from England to the United States, becoming a "craze" for the next two years.