Water Polo at the Manhattan Athletic Club. Beautiful engraving by T. de Thulstrup published within the magazine “Harper's Weekly, New York” on Feb. 28, 1891.
The completion of the Croton Aqueduct allowed indoor pools to be built throughout the city. Yet, in the late 19th century, membership in one of New York's Athletic clubs was more of a symbol of elite social standing than a reflection of athletic ability.
Source: private collection