About Jim's Collection
Jim's collection is an accumulation over many years of tennis memorabilia.
It is one man's collection and although not a comprehensive history
it is fairly representative of the rackets and equipment used over a period of
approximately 100 years from the 1890s to 1990s. There are many examples of earlier
rackets and equipment not yet represented here and many gaps as there were thousands
of models and hundreds of manufacturers over this period.
.Jim's collection is based on the Dunlop Slazenger group of companies which probably has the longest history of any manufacturer and over the century encompassed such great names as Ayers, Jefferies, Graddidge and Sykes which at various stages merged or were absorbed into the group.
.As a pro stringer, Jim also has a special interest in racket development, stringing patterns, etc, and the collection includes landmark models from other manufacturers.
.It is hoped that the collection and website will grow and develop over the coming months and years but will always remain one man's collection.
.A special thanks to Lawrence whose inspiration and expertise enabled this site to be established and to Dunlop Slazenger International Ltd with whom Jim has a close relationship.
Jim's Tennis.com Time lineThis time line shows how the web site has developed.
.1964 Jim collects his first item of tennis memorabilia, a Dunlop Gold Wing racket.
.2006 A web site for the collection is considered.
.May-September 2007 Descriptions are written for the first batch of old rackets. During the following months over 400 items are photographed and catalogued.
.July 2007 Jim's Tennis.com goes live.
.June-July 2008 New Books & Magazines section with over 200 articles. Another section of pictures added.
.August 2008 New section for tennis balls.
.September 2008 More players' rackets added.
.August 2009 New sections for Cards and Stamps. Various additions to other sections.
.August 2015 - May 2016 A few items that Jim has been collecting 2009 - 2015. Tennis rackets from the 1870s, etc
.July 2016 More than 70 additions to rackets, court equipment, racket presses, strings & things, souvenirs, books & magazines, pictures, promos and porcelain
.March 2017 Added 15 rackets to rackets 1870s - 1930s that are very early & are quite exceptional & rare survivors. Five additions to picture rackets section.
.November 2017 Added 19 rackets to rackets 1870s - 1930s, 5 presses from 1870s and 1880s to racket presses, 1 item to the balls section, and 3 items to the porcelain section including a Delft tile very early c1660 of boy with bat & ball which is the oldest item in the collection
.November 2018 Addition of more than 27 items to 6 collections for rackets 1870s-1930s, rackets 1940s-1970s, racket presses, manufacturer's promos, court equipment and stringing machines
.November 2019 20 wonderful new items in rackets 1870s-1930s, picture rackets, porcelain, racket presses, court equipment and manufacturer's promos
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