Richard Cox New York 1937 Cox family photo
Kathy Pinna

Richard Cox New York 1937

Pictured is Detective Sergeant Richard "Dick" Cox of the Washington Police Department, the Indian Club Swinger "Champeen" of the World in 1937. Here is what was said of Mr Cox: "After being given up as a hopeless case because of lung trouble when he was 12 years old, Cox was started at his "swinging" by his father. A few months later, Dick had not only rid himself of the lung trouble but had given his first performance."

He replaced Gus Hill as champion after Mr. Hill died and left the championship vacant.

Indian Club Swinging is stilled touted as good exercise - especially for those in the martial arts - but it was most popular in the Victorian era when both men and women used Indian Clubs.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Harris & Ewing, photographe
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