Souvenir Plaque from 1932 Summer Olympic Games

Souvenir Plaque from 1932 Summer Olympic Games

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Description (Brief)
Wooden shield-shaped plaque with a round metal plate on the front. The plate is dark blue with a red, white, and blue shield in the center. Across the shield are the Olympic rings with the motto "Citius Altius Fortius" written through them. This was collected by the donor, Thomas Jones, while a spectator at the 1932 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California.
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
plaque, olympics
date made
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
wood (overall material)
ceramic (overall material)
overall: 12 1/2 in x 1 in x 1 in; 31.75 cm x 2.54 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
accession number
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Credit Line
Gift of Thomas J. Jones
Olympic Summer Games: Los Angeles, 1932
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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