Heritage

Title: The Origin of Frescobol Carioca|

Date: 1945|

Description: Picture a fervid day in Rio, 1945. Lian Pontes de Carvalho, a handsome carioca de gema, strides past the opulent Copacabana Palace hotel (below) onto the soft sands of Copacabana Beach. Under his arm is a set of wooden beach bats, handcrafted from smooth pieces of driftwood, and in his pocket, the inner ball from a tennis ball.|

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Date: 1954|

Description: “Bom dia, Lian!” cries his friend as Lian hands him a bat. Before long, the pair jocularly rally the ball back and forth, no rules, no scores, inventing in that moment the beautiful game of frescobol.|

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Date: 1954|

Description: This was Brazil’s Golden Age, also known as the Tropical Belle Époque. It was a time when film stars would lounge by the pool of the Copacabana Hotel sipping cocktails; when the city danced to the soft notes of Tom Jobim’s bossa nova, and when the young Carioca would invent a beach game so synchronous with the spirit of the city that its legacy remains strong today.|

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