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    A little girl is posing with a hula-hoop in Vienna, Austria around 1890.
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    Three members of a dance school rehearse for an upcoming performance on the beach at Worthing on June 25, 1935 as one dancer with a hoop pursues two others with small pipes.
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    At the height of the hula hoop craze, various techniques are demonstrated in Los Angeles Aug. 20, 1958 as children ranging from 2 to 16 years old competed for prizes on "Art Linkletter's House Party" show. Groups including the Girl Scouts, Brownies, Blue Birds and Campfire Girls were represented.
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    This undated image of a family playing with hula hoops outdoors in a yard, circa 1955, right before the height of the hula-hoop- craze .
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    Watched by onlookers, Canadian-born television host Art Linkletter smiles as he crouches down to shake hands with a little girl who holds a hula hoop for an episode of the 'Kids Say the Darndest Things' segment of 'Art Linkletter's House Party,' August 20, 1958.
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    American big band leader and legendary jazz pianist Duke Ellington shows how he can hula-hoop on the deck of SS Ille de France before embarking at Plymouth on Oct. 6, 1958.
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    Benedictine Sisters at the Christ King Convent in Oklahoma City try their hand at the hula hoop craze that is sweeping the country on October 18, 1958.
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    11-year-old Ann Evans of Aberdare, south Wales, the world hula hoop marathon champion, keeps seven hoops twirling simultaneously on November 17, 1958.
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    11-year-old Sofie Schwarz from Denmark attempts to break the children world record with 85 Hula Hoop rings at the same time on July 27, 2006 in Copenhagen. The record is 88 rings.
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    Elvis tribute artists Andy Svrcek, Rick Lenzi and Gino Monopoli perform with a hula hoop at Resorts Casino Hotel on June 11, 2010 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
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    Richard Simmons during the 2011 Miss USA hula hoop contest Mile Shops on June 10, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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    First Lady Michelle Obama hula hoops with children during the Healthy Kids Fair on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, October 21, 2009.
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    A dancer plays hula hoops during the performances of Embrace China Art Group of All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 13, 2013.
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    Participants perform in a hula hoop competition in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most people dancing with hula hoops, at Thammasat University, Pathumthani, Thailand on Feb. 12, 2013. Nearly 5,000 Thai contestants celebrated in full swing after having set a new world record for the most people dancing with hula hoops simultaneously in one place.
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