Guide Book, "A Special Tour of the Olympic Games, 1932"

Guide Book, "A Special Tour of the Olympic Games, 1932"

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Description (Brief)
Guide book to the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California entitled "A Special Tour of the Olympic Games" sponsored by the American Express Company. The cover is white with a drawing of a discus thrower against a blue background. 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, 1,206 men and 126 women athletes participating, 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. An official Olympic Village debuted at the 1932 Games consisting of hundreds of buildings to house and take care of the athletes becoming the standard for future games. The victory podium was first used at these Games along with the debut of the Olympic mascot; a Scottish Terrier named Smoky. American athlete Babe Didrikson was a standout, winning two gold medals in the javelin and hurdles events although earned silver in high jump after being penalized for an illegal jump-off. The United States led the medal count with 103.
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Object Name
booklet, olympics
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Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 10 in x 7 in; 25.4 cm x 17.78 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Thomas J. Jones
Olympic Summer Games: Los Angeles, 1932
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National Museum of American History
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