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.
Format of the articles
Jim's Tennis.com Time lineThis time line shows how the web site has developed.
1964Jim collects his first item of tennis memorabilia, a Dunlop Gold Wing racket.
2006A web site for the collection is considered.
2007Descriptions are written for the first batch of old rackets. During the following months over 400 items are photographed and catalogued.
Jim's Tennis.com goes live.
2008New Books & Magazines section with over 200 articles. Another section of pictures added.
New section for tennis balls.
More players' rackets added.
2009New sections for Cards and Stamps. Various additions to other sections.
2015 - 2016A few items that Jim has been collecting 2009 - 2015. Tennis rackets from the 1870s etc
2016More than 70 additions to several sections.
2017Very early & quite exceptional & rare survivors.
2017Addition of 19 rackets to Rackets 1870-1930 and other sections. Addition of a Delft piece from the beginning of c.1660 for a boy with a bat and ball, which is the oldest item in the collection
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