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Early Origins of Table Tennis - Part 2


Photograph of David Foster's Parlour Table Games, from 1890.

David Foster's Parlour Table Games, from 1890.

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  • 1890 - The earliest existing evidence of a table tennis game is a set made by David Foster, patented in England, which included table versions of Lawn Tennis, Cricket and Football.
  • 1891 - John Jacques of London introduce their "Gossima" game, which used drum-type paddles, a 50mm web wrapped cork ball, and a 30cm high net.
  • 1890's - By this time, several patents with basic rules had been registered.
  • 1890's - Parker Brothers begin making an indoor tennis kit which included a portable net, a small ball covered in netting, and paddles.
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