Babe Diedrikson postcard from the 1932 Summer Olympic Games

Babe Diedrikson postcard from the 1932 Summer Olympic Games

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Description (Brief)
Paper postcard from the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Olympics with a black and white photograph of Babe Diedrikson, Jane Shilley and Eva Dawes. The reverse has a description of the event in German.
The 1932 Summer Olympics also known as the Games of the X Olympiad were held in Los Angeles, California and included 37 countries, fewer than the 1928 Games as the depression kept many athletes from making the trip. Because of the expense of putting on the Games, many existing venues were used including the Rose Bowl and the LA Coliseum. The Olympic village debuted at the 1932 Games and became the standard for future games along with the victory podium. The Olympic mascot also made its first appearance at these Games; a Scottish Terrier named Smoky. American athlete Babe Didrikson was a standout, winning two gold medals in the javelin and hurdles events although was penalized in the high jump for an illegal jump-off and awarded silver. The United States led the medal count with 103.
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Object Name
postcard, Olympic
postcard, summer olympics
date made
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 4 3/4 in x 6 1/4 in; 12.065 cm x 15.875 cm
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Track and Field
Summer Olympics
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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