Collection of 55 Images of the Inter-Allied Games in France, 1919
Collection of 55 Images of the Inter-Allied Games in France, 1919
Collection of 55 Images of the Inter-Allied Games in France, 1919
Collection of 55 Images of the Inter-Allied Games in France, 1919
Collection of 55 Images of the Inter-Allied Games in France, 1919
Collection of 55 Images of the Inter-Allied Games in France, 1919
Collection of 55 Images of the Inter-Allied Games in France, 1919

Collection of 55 Images of the Inter-Allied Games in France, 1919

Lot of 55 half-tone prints from photographs, each ca. 4 x 5 inches, with an image number and printed caption. A few with light edgewear, overall very good or better. The Inter-Allied Games was a multi-sport competition held in the summer of 1919 at the newly constructed Pershing Stadium just outside Paris. The games were intended as positive signal of peace after the devastation of World War I. Only currently serving military personnel and those who had served during the war were eligible to participate. It was hoped that the soldier/athletes’ participation in friendly competition would help establish a firmer bond of national friendship between the Allies. Approximately 1,500 athletes from eighteen nations competed in nineteen different sporting events, including soccer, swimming, running, water polo, boxing, wrestling, baseball, tennis, horseback riding, tug-of-war, and even hand-grenade throwing. A group of photographers from the Press Section of the U.S. Signal Corps was kept constantly on the field to take pictures of every event. “The negatives were rushed by couriers to the photographic laboratories where prints were made and delivered to the Paris papers the same day….[and] furnished without charge to Allied publications” (Hanson, The Inter-Allied Games).The Signal Corps photos are the likely source of these prints, which may have been distributed as souvenirs. That being said, they are surprisingly scarce in the marketplace. This grouping includes images of cross-country and track races, pole-vaulting, hurdles, discuc, swimming, long jump, and equestrian events, as well as many of the ceremonies -- a review of the troops, different nations on parade through the stadium, a low-level plane flyover, dignitaries, etc. There are also several portraits of small groups or individual United States athletes.

Item #20769

Price: $250.00