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Historical Darts Pictures

Updated on January 13, 2011

An Interesting Look at Darts History Through Camera Lenses of Days Past.

Recently, LIFE Magazine released many of their historical photos in digital format. Their photos along with other treasures I come across will be the focus of this lens, hopefully providing dart players and darts enthusiasts with an entertaining look at the early days of the sport we love to play.

Left we have The Bear at Home Inn Darts Team from 1952, with an awful silly photochop of myself joining in their victory celebration. I have no idea who took the photograph, I wasn't born then nor did I see any credits when I picked it up from an image search for silly photochop material 56 years later.

With my apologies to you and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, on to the pictures:

Maureen Flowers

Eric "The Crafty Cockney" Bristow's ex, Maureen Flowers, the former Ladies British Individual Darts Champion. In a recent interview regarding Russian sensation Anastasia Dobromyslova Bristow comments "Anastasia is a lovely girl who they claim is the best woman darts player ever. A cup of tea on the stage and Maureen would have killed Anastasia."

Dart boards and darts for sale in the Petticoat Lane Free Market. - © Time Inc.

Check out the guy wearing the cool motorcycle goggles. Think they help him focus on the dartboard better? I am curious as to the makers and styles of darts they had to offer!

Offduty policemen enjoying beer and a game of darts in the canteen bar below the Cannon Row police station. - © Time Inc.

A bar below the police station. I guess you'd feel safe from harm, and under the eye of Johnny Law all at the same time! I like the look of determination on the shooters face. Cannon Row Police Station was one of the Metropolitan Police's more famous central London police stations and formed part of the famous New Scotland Yard building designed by Norman Shaw.

Actor Dustin Hoffman playing darts. - © Time Inc.

As you know, Hoffman later played Raymond Babbit in the movie Rain Man, earning himself an Academy Award for Best Actor and a Golden Globe. If you've seen the movie you can only imagine how awesome Ray would be at calculating checkouts at the speed of light.

Din Nhu Ngo playing darts with family in Dalat Villa Garde. - © Time Inc.

I couldn't find any information on Din Nhu Ngo, much less where Dalat Villa Garde is. In fact Google didn't even give me any suggestions, it just said "are you so retarded you can't type!?!?". But it sure looks like a fun time enjoying the outdoors while throwing a few arrows, and the shooter sure looks like a wonderful lady to enjoy that with.

A man removing his darts from the dartboard as he prepares for another game in an English pub. - © Time Inc.

Eyeballing this and considering the bullseye is 5' 8" from the floor, I'd have to guess either this shooter is rather short or maybe this dartboard was not setup to the regulations we use today. I'm sure somewhere - maybe Patrick Chaplains web site - there may be an answer to the dartboard setup throughout history.

A man drawing back his arm to throw the dart, while playing in an English pub. - © Time Inc.

Of course, in this picture he looks like a pretty tall dude, or his opponent has had a pint too many and is taking the picture from the "floor position".

Some Darts in Pennsylvania

This one I found on a web site that had no text or mention of who, what when and where. Just a list of pictures. In the photograph file name it is tagged as 1950.

Update: I received this message from George Haines, thanks George!

"I have the info about the photo you have posted from Pennsylvania. I Know The Shooter's Name Is John Petro. This 1950 Photo Was Taken At The White Swan Bar In Hoban Heights, PA! The Bar Was Owned By The Ignatovich Family From Duryea, PA.

George Haines"

Unknown Photograph

I ran across this one on a blog, which only mentioned darts in one paragraph and never referred to the photo. The way these shooters are dressed makes me wonder if they were in the military. Judging from the lights and furniture, maybe the late 60's?

RAF 81 Squadron - Darts Cup 1955

Darts Cup 1955
Darts Cup 1955

I ran across this gem on an 81 Squadron memorial web site. The Wikipedia entry tells an interesting story of this Squadron, and I think the pic tells an interesting story as well.

Westwood Works - This one is quite interesting! It appears as though this giant of a manufacturing plant included darts as an on site activity for employees. Da

Updated Darts Area 1995-1997
Updated Darts Area 1995-1997

From the Westwood Works Website:

Industrial equipment for the food, chemical

and printing industries was designed, developed and manufactured at Westwood

Works for nearly 100 years. During that time, it produced machinery that

makes enough biscuits every year to encircle the world, bakery plant that

produces the loaves, rolls and cakes bought by shoppers on every continent,

equipment to make chocolate confectionery and sweets by the tens of thousands

every hour, printing presses to print colour magazines and wrappers for

the food on the supermarket shelf, and machines for the foundry and chemical

industries around the world.

Approximately 3,000 dedicated engineers, craftsmen, designers,

process technologists, administrative staff, computer operators and salespeople

worked here to create the biggest and most prestigious supplier of such

equipment in the World.

1949: The Baker Perkins Darts Team

1969: Darts Match between the CPO and Purchasing Department

1977: Golden Ball Darts Competition Winners

1977: Darts Competition

1980: Darts Team

1980: Ladies Darts Team

1981: Ladies Darts Team win Peterborough League

The Oldest Darts Picture Ever?

I ran across this one which is tagged as the oldest darts pic known of. Your guess?

Do you have any info on the pics posted on this lens? Do you have any historical darts pictures to share? Let me know!

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