Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会
Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会
Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会
Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会
Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会
Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会
Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会
Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会
Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会
Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会
Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会
Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会
Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会
Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会
Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会
Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会

Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会

1937. Item #90429

Nichibei Taikō Rikujyōkyōgi Taikai 日米対抗陸上競技大会. August 1937. Showa 12 昭和十二年八月. 22 x 15cm paper program. 65 pages. Score card with ribbon laid in. Program for the 1937 US-Japan track and field meet in Tokyo, sponsored by the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Japan (JAAA). The two-day event was held over the weekend of August 28th and 29th at Meiji Jingu Gaien stadium 明治神宮外苑競技場.

Although mostly in Japanese text, the program was likely intended for Japanese and Western spectators, as competitors names and lists of the approximately 19 events are written in both Japanese and English and one page is a conversion chart of meters to feet. Additional pages with advertisements for products of Japanese sponsors are of interest from a design perspective. One of two introductions in English is by the head of the American Athletic Union.

The guide includes biographies and photos of each team member from both the US and Japan. Pages are signed by the entire US team and their coach, as well as most of the Japanese team. Remarkable as an artifact of Japanese/US relations and the history of the modern Olympics.

According to the Indianapolis Recorder published on July 10, 1937; 3 teams of American track and field athletes were set to tour Japan and Europe that summer, with the former match considered the most important from a political standpoint. The first team, which went to Japan, included 15 top athletes, including African American stars Kermit King, Dave Albritton and a young John Woodruff, Olympic gold medal winner of the 800 meters.

Other notable participants include Allan Tolmich, winner of numerous medals in the hurdles and high hurdles and long jumper Kermit King, ranked as one of the world’s best long jumpers in 1937, second only to Jesse Owens.

Despite an English introduction by the Japanese head of the JAAA that boasts of the superiority of Germans in track and field events and claims the Japanese were set to take over, 14 of 17 wins by US athletes were reported in the Nevada State Journal on September 5th. While events played out on the world stage, the emphasis in both introductions is on friendship between the nations, and there is little foreshadowing of the world-shattering events that soon followed.

Price: $750.00

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