Track patch worn by Bob Wobbrock at Gardena High School, Los Angeles, California

Description (Brief):

Robert Wobbrock attended Gardena High School in California from 1953 to 1956. A typical kid of the fifties, he lettered in football and track. He received this letter during his senior year hence the one"winged foot" representing track and the three stars embroidered on the letter. For each year someone lettered in a varsity sport they would receive a letter with the year indicated in the amount of “athletic symbols or stars” embroidered on the letter. This practiced changed sometime during the 1970s and the athlete was given one letter throughout their high school career and given a gold bar for each subsequent year.

Date Made: 1956

User: Wobbrock, BobMaker: Pacific Athletic Company

Location: Currently not on view

Web Subject: SportsName Of Sport: trackLevel Of Sport: High School


See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2006.0242.08.3Accession Number: 2006.0242Catalog Number: 2006.0242.08.3

Object Name: Academic Letterpatch, track

Physical Description: fabric, felt (overall material)Measurements: overall: 20 cm x 18 cm x .2 cm; 7 7/8 in x 7 3/32 in x 3/32 in


Record Id: nmah_1320145

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.