I think there where more women who participated in the sport of archery during the 1930's thru the 50's than do now. Almost every town in North Jersey had a club. The Bloomfield Archery Club founded in 1931, hosted many national tournaments including one won by actress Geena Davis. Ann Weber graduated from Bloomfield High School and Montclair College. I saw her many times at Robin Hood Archery in Montclair. Seems the Ladies took to archery like ducks to water........and nice ducks at that
You're right Tom. I had both my Daughters shooting and they took archery in High School Gym class. The teacher was shocked they were hitting the bull on most shots with good form. That was the late 90's. Even the University up the hill from me had a field full of targets up until the late 80's. Empty lawn there now. Out of curiosity, I'll have to check if Archery is still a class option. Probably not. I know the Archery in the Schools program is popular around the country so hopefully the sport will grow. Most people Associate archery with hunting which makes it an uphill battle.
The comment about archery being more popular with young ladies makes me think of high school when archery was offered to the girls but not boys. I would have liked some real instruction back then. It would have been more useful to me than badmitton.
Must have been easy for Howard to find a few to help with filming. i do think your right about the golden age of archery. It was very popular, and people had fewer interests and things to do. The NFAA and NAA were very big.