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Photos capture the anticipation of 1940s dog races

April 2, 2016 - Uncategorized



Aug. 12, 1939

Image: Felix Man/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The modern sport of dog racing emerged from the ancient hunting practice of pursuing game with dogs. In 18th century Britain, this evolved into an organized sport among the nobility called coursing, wherein two hunting dogs raced against each other to catch a hare

In 1876, the London suburb of Hendon hosted the first-ever competition of “coursing by proxy,” where the live game was replaced with an artificial hare on a straight 400-yard rail. The event was poorly received, and greyhound racing in England would not become popular until the 1920s. Read more…

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