Flashlight used during the Closing Ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, California

Flashlight used during the Closing Ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games held in Los Angeles, California

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Description (Brief)
Small red plastic flashlight with cylyndrical stem and wider cylindrical bowl containing a small battery operated light bulb. Adjustable red, clear, and blue plastic rectangular slide with bent side-tab which covers the light bowl. This was used during the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympic games in Los Angeles, California. Attached is white paper sheet with instructions in Spanish, Japanese, French, and English printed in purple ink. In white plastic bag with white hard plastic snap handles, Olympic logo "Welcome to Closing Ceremonies" and instructions on back in four languages printed in pink, turquoise, and gold with L.A. Olympic logo.
1984 Summer Olympics, also known as the Games of the XXIII Olympiad were held in Los Angeles, California with 140 countries participating. These Games were boycotted by fourteen countries, including the Soviet Union because of America’s boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. American Carl Lewis won four gold medals in track and field while Joan Benoit won gold for the U.S. in the first women’s marathon. Mary Lou Retton dominated women’s gymnastics becoming the first American to win the gymnastics all-around competition and the American men won the gold in the gymnastics team competition. With the addition of women’s only events of rhythmic gymnastics and synchronized swimming and the addition of women’s events in track and field, shooting and cycling, women athletes were just beginning to see results from Title IX legislation of twelve years prior. The United States won the medal count with 174.
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Object Name
date made
associated institution
Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee
associated place
United States: California, Los Angeles
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
overall: 605 in x 2 in; 1536.7 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
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Credit Line
Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (through Carol Daniels)
Olympic Summer Games: Los Angeles, 1984
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National Museum of American History
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