I started bow hunting and shooting competition while in high school, in the late 1950's when virtually all archery was "traditional". You either shot barebow (almost everyone did at that time), or with a primitive sight, but everyone shot recurves. Straight bows were mostly out of the picture because smooth drawing recurves were such a great improvement over lemonwood or hickory straight bows that stacked unmercifully. Aluminum and fiberglass were seriously competing with wood as the arrow shaft material of choice. No one thought anything about "traditional", because that’s what everyone shot. Now we look back at those days with nostalgia, as the good old days of traditional archery.