High objects of State (letters patent from Queen Victoria, each w/ Great Seal):
Author of Balfour Declaration - 1898 diplomatic credentials, for talks with Germany |
Chancellor of the Exchequer letters patent of Gladstone, 1873
The (Swedish General) Viktor Balck Olympic Games- Founding Archive
Swedish gold and bronze medals honoring Viktor Balck | Viktor Balck 1912 Stockholm Olympics book Tower and Sword collar of Viktor Balck
Civil War Gillmore Medal to Jewish officer who helped 1863 "Glory" charge toward Ft. Wagner 1863
Statesmen |Koerber - 1920s friend, then foe of Hitler |The Viktor von Koerber WWI Aviation Archive|
Presentation keys, gold medal to major U.K. statesman Award Documents to important 19th century European diplomats
The JFK and staffers convention badges etc. Archive: I.D. Badges to JFK and Secretary Ev Lincoln Mass. Labor Federation badge (major speech) 1960 Democratic Nomination campaign: aide Bob Troutman
Heroines | "Girl who defied Hitler" at 1936 Olympics: biography Inge Sorensen Archive: items First ever (gold NYC) Women's Club Medal of Honor Award Diplomas to great Jewess opera singer
The Poignant Mayer family Jewish Heroism for (in WWI) and Flight from (pre-WWII) Germany Archive
Presentation trowel etc. to president of "philanthropic" society for troubled girls
1912 Olympic Games book presentation edition, to the key aide of Olympics founder P. De Coubertin
Official Report of the 1912 Olympic Games: V Olympiaden - Olympiska Spelen in Stockholm 1912 in pictures and words, rare deluxe edition, presented to Balck, by Hermelin & Peterson [Stockholm, 1912], 526 pp., in Swedish, English, German & French. Inset silken endpapers are embossed with Balck's VGB monogram. Recipients-list page officially designating "No 40" as being for Balck. Book is 470 x 285 mm.,.and weighs 9.5 kilograms.
The book is bound in gilt blue leather; the cover's logo contains the head of Pallas Athene, as the principal figure, resting on a four-sided plinth adorned with the Three Crowns of Sweden.
Inset silken endpapers are embossed with Balck's VGB monogram.
Awards of Outstanding International Importance to Statesmen and Heroines
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All-American Jim Thorpe also happened to be Native American by Gerry Brown
Jim Thorpe competes in the pentathalon competition in Stockholm, 1912. (Source: Allsport)
Jim Thorpe startled the world in 1912. As part of the U.S. delegation competing at the 1912 Summer Games in Stockholm, he pulled off one of the most impressive sporting feats in history, simply destroying the world's best in the decathlon and pentathlon. Perhaps the greatest all-around athlete of all time, Thorpe, a Sac and Fox Indian, bested his competitors by enormous margins, finishing first in nine of the 15 separate track and field events that made up the two competitions.
Thorpe was a track and football star under legendary coach Pop Warner at Carlisle Institute, a vocational school for Native Americans, before and after his trip to Stockholm. On the boat trip over to Sweden the naturally gifted Thorpe mostly napped while his teammates trained. At the Games' closing ceremonies King Gustav V told him, "Sir, you are the greatest athlete in the world!" To which Thorpe reportedly replied, "Thanks, king."
In 1913, Thorpe was stripped of his two gold medals after the Amateur Athletic Union found out that he played for a minor-league baseball team from 1909–10. Plenty of amateur athletes played professional ball in those days, but did so under assumed names. Thorpe's mistake was owning up to it and ironically, it would come out years later that Thorpe and his teammates at Carlisle were paid more for playing college football than for professional baseball. Not until 1982, almost 30 years after his death, was Thorpe given back his standing as a two-time Olympic gold medallist.
From http://www.numismatics.org/exhibits/FullCircle/index.html :
The Olympic Heritage in Coins & Medals, An Exhibition by the American Numismatic Society:
Olympiad IV, London, 1908:
With de Coubertin's vision once again on track, following a second joyous success in Athens, all seemed to bode well for London in 1908. The Olympics had finally garnered international attention and were attracting participants from more than the original dozen or so countries; 22 nations were to compete in London.... In spite of the care-ful preparations, however, the Olympics of 1908 were not a happy set of Games . Many contestants, especially those from the US, felt that the British were poor referees and purposely insulted the competitors. There was so much bickering, in fact, that the London papers called the Games a fiasco, and advised that they be stopped forever.
Olympiad V, Stockholm, 1912
Once again, the future of the modern Games seemed to hang in the balance; failure in Stockholm would seal the fate of de Coubertin's Olympic vision. But the Swedes were determined to make the Games of the Vth Olympiad the best yet, and they succeeded . A national lottery was held to raise the growing sums needed to host the Olympics, which meant that new stadi-ums and extensive entertainment programs were de rigueur. To de Coubertinís pleasure, the Swedes also extended the program to include competitions in the fine arts. In stark contrast to the gloom of the London Games, those of 1912 were described as a prolonged love fest, which no doubt helped the Olympic move-ment to survive the long interruption caused by the First World War. For the first time in Olympic history, modern or ancient, the Games were cancelled on account of war; the Games of the VIth Olympiad, 1916, had been scheduled to be held in Berlin.
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40 page booklet,
"No 40" in middle of page.
Numerically-ordered list shows "40" as "Officer V.G. Balck".