Competitor Number worn by Louis Nixdorff in the 1928 Olympics

Competitor Number worn by Louis Nixdorff in the 1928 Olympics

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Description (Brief)
Blue felt number 5. Worn by Lacrosse player Louis Nixdorff in the 1928 Olympics. This number was worn by the donor's father, Louis S. Nixdorff while a member of the lacrosse team at the 1928 Summer Olympic Games in Amsterdam. Nixdorff was a member of the Johns Hopkins lacrosse team which was chosen to represent the United States at the Games that year.
The 1928 Summer Olympics, also known as the Games of the IX Olympiad were held in Amsterdam with 46 countries, 2,606 men and 277 women athletes participating. Instead of the months long competition which had been standard to date, the sixteen-day template for holding the Games began during these Games as did the lighting of the Olympic flame for the duration of the Games. While Olympic sponsors began at the 1908 games with soup stock company Oxo, Coca-Cola became an Olympic sponsor for the first time at the 1928 Games, a partnership that exists today. With the advent of the automobile, parking at the Amsterdam games was expected to be in demand although there were few spaces available. A new parking symbol was used to specify parking for the Games, a white P on a blue ground, the international sign still used today. While women’s athletics and gymnastics were added this year, the IOC limited the women’s long-distance running events to 200 meters as women were judged “too frail” to run farther distances. American Johnny Weissmuller, who would later gain fame in Hollywood playing Tarzan, won two gold medals while the United States led the medal count with 56.
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Object Name
number, competitor
Nixdorff, Louis S.
Physical Description
cloth, felt (overall material)
overall: 4.5 cm x 7.2 cm; 1 25/32 in x 2 27/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Anne Byrd Nixdorff
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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