Mar 31, 2016 - Sale 2408

Sale 2408 - Lot 462

Estimate: $ 750 - $ 1,000
(SPORT--TRACK.) Xth Olympiad Achievement Los Angeles, U.S.A. 1932. Broadside, 12 x 18 inches; printed in brown and black; dampstain on the reverse, showing very slightly through to the upper left corner of the front. Los Angeles: Foster Photo Play, 1932

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The 1932 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the X Olympiad, was a major world wide multi-athletic event which was celebrated in 1932 in Los Angeles, CA. No other cities made a bid to host these Olympics. Held during the worldwide Great Depression, many nations and their athletes were unable to pay for the trip to Los Angeles. Fewer than half the participants of the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam returned to compete in 1932. Even President Hoover skipped the event. We could find no obvious connection with the Foster Photo Play Corporation, and this broadside of African American track stars, but William D. Foster (1884-1940) was responsible for some of the earliest all black company films. Foster's 1912 Film 'The Rail Road Porter' is considered the first all black cast film. It is possible that Foster was planning some sort of film based on the games. Track star Eddie Tolan was among the medal winners, as was Ralph Metcalf.