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Hitting the tennis racket as if it were a trampoline, the ball flattens dramatically. The sound of the impact set off the flash in this high-speed photograph taken in 1935. (see "Stopping Time" (1987), p.54). (CC)
It looks like the ball is cut in half and the racket looks bent back.
It would be cool to compare this to a similar shot using a modern frame – tighter lacing? The ball would still be crushed though – it looks like it is trying to turn inside out.
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