I did not know such things existed, but even the title "Oddly Quirky" summarizes the character of such cards and their collectors. I am including a few samples to whet your appetite and perhaps you will go to this site. These cards were distributed much like baseball cards in the U.K. , Australia, Germany, Holland, and some of the Nordic countries as well as here in the U.S. Companies that produced them were often cigarette and tobacco, baking goods, candies, etc. Many of the pictures of some of the more famous athletes are ones I've never before seen in sports books and exhibits. I include a few below and will put some on subsequent postings along with our regular comments. Some of these cards are reprints from much older collections, some are instructional, almost what you would find in a Boy Scout Manual if you were working on your Broad Jump merit badge. Do any of our readers collect these?
|American card circa 1990. Where did you go to get these things? I think I ran against George on this track in Tuscon in 1963.|
|Rosa Grosse saw little hope in becoming a cheerleader and so turned to playing the game.|
|+Georg Lammers 1928 German Olympic sprinter brought to you by Three Bells egg noodles and macaroni|
|Finish of the Germany women's 800 meter championship in 1927. The flower of German Youth |
A new world record of 2:23.7 by Fraulein Batschauer of the Phoenix club in Karlsruhe. Second was Fraulein Spangenberg of Sport Club Apolda in 2:26.3
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