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SOLD - Vintage book with rare important historic letter, Report of the United States Olympic Committee 1948 Games, first/limited edition

SOLD - Vintage book with rare important historic letter, Report of the United States Olympic Committee 1948 Games, first/limited edition

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  • Vintage item from the 1940s
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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

This book is especially exciting because it comes with an authentic signed letter enclosed on the Olympic Games official stationary between a US Olympic Chair and a committee donor. With this piece of history, an actual letter you can read and hold in your hands to take you back to that time and the actual words communicated between those involved in these historic and world-renown international legacy games… it’s just kind of unreal feeling.

Not to mention the book is glorious in every sense of the word. From the blindingly shining gold cloth cover to the bright olympic stamp at the top of the incredibly rare “Report of the United States Olympic Committee 1948 Games” to the old-school photography and exclusive images from the 40s, it’s just so special. You are holding something that was given rather than bought, given freely and exclusively to donors and other involved parties long before it was published for general distribution, and even then it was a coveted item.

You can gauge this by the advertisement that is included inside, a fold of paper describing the book as “A prized Trophy, A Welcome Gift, A fitting means of recognition…” and has a few paragraphs written on this official ad sheet that highlight the importance of the games to the United States and to the world.

A quote describing the book: “The 394 generously illustrated pages of the 1948 Report of the United States Olympic Committee have written into the record a detailed review of all that was done to select, to organize, and to equip these U.S. teams, and to transport them to the scene of the Games. This job of attaining these various ends was a stupendous undertaking for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s small staff and its large personnel of volunteer workers. So was the task of compiling this book.” So you know right off the bat from this ad, stuffed along with the letter between some random pages, that this was no easy feat, this book. It’s heaviness and gleaming photographs and glinting cover and all, was a work of love and became a work of art.

The ad also notes that “Youths are not the only ones for whom the Olympic book will hold interest. Adults likewise will enjoy it and will welcome it as a gift or as an award of recognition. They, too, need to be reminded that the world will be a comfortable place in which to live only so long as the athletes of its many nations are able to meet in the international sports arena in a fair and friendly rivalry.”

This holds special meaning in today’s rocky times, politically in the United States and the world, I think.

The letter printed as a telegram in old-fashion font that takes you back to the 40s the second you see it typed on official stationary of the United States Olympic Committee, and you feel you want to frame it. The signature at the bottom makes it even more special and unique, that handwriting that has a shade of formality and age to it. There’s something so historic and important and yet secret and personal about it — so few people have seen this letter, have received a letter like this. It is dated January 6, 1950, to a Mr. Ralph Schwarz of the Sapphire Hosiery Corp. of New York City, New York, from the Chairman of the Olympic Supplies and Equipment Committe, H. Jamison Swarts (I know the names are so similar it’s so funny!) and thanks Schwarz for his and his support given the fundraising of the Olympic Committee. He says at the bottom, “I trust you will find this book enjoyable and that proper credit is given your organization for its contribution. Again many thanks for your help in this cause. Very truly yours, H. Jamison Swarts.”

You just know after reading it that this particular book was made to be treasured by the person it was given to, and I’m still not sure how it ended up in my hands but I’m honored, and I cannot wait until an athlete or someone even training themselves for the Olympics can buy this and own it for themselves. The meaning it would have for them would make me incredibly happy to give.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Report of the United States Olympic Committee 1948 Games XIV Olympiad London, England, V Olympic Winter Games St. Moritz, Switzerland
-Editor: Asa S. Bushnell
-Format: Hardcover, shining gold, First Edition, Limited Edition, bright color details on front, back and spine, bright color maps and illustrations on inside front and back covers, black and white photographs throughout (nearly every page), comes with official United States Olympic Committee stationary on which is a letter written by Chairman of the US Olympic Supplies and Equipment Committee H. Jamison Swarts gifting the book (along with its official introductory advertisement, ordering form and receipt) to a Mr. Ralph J. Schwartz, owner of the Sapphire Hosiery Corporation, for his company's "contribution."
-Condition: Near mint if not mint. The official letter has one rip in the top of it but stays together, shows its age but is all the more historic and meaningful for that. :)
-Publisher: United States Olympic Association New York
-Copyright: United States Olympic Association 1948
-Date published: 1948
-Provenance: I picked this up nearly for free from a tag sale in Rhode Island last year 2015. Crazy!
-Pricing: The other copies of this olympic report available were my basis for pricing, although they all varied in condition, and the trustworthiness of sellers, the amount of pictures offered, etc. Additionally this copy is almost PRICELESS because it has an important piece of history inside of it -- a real original letter from the United States Olympic Committee (on their official stationary! so cool!) dated January 6, 1950 from H. Jamison Swarts (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 4, PA), the Chairman of the Equipment and Supplies Committee for the United States during the Olympic Games in 1948, to a Mr. Ralph J. Schwarz (oddly similar names but no relation or misspellings here), whose company "Sapphire Hosiery Corp." was given this book so that "you will find this book enjoyable and that proper credit is given your organization for its contribution...many thanks for your help in this cause." This is unavailable anywhere else, there is only one copy, and it comes along with the receipt and order form as well for the book itself, advertising it literally as: ",,,A prized Trophy, A welcome Gift, A fitting means of recognition,,," And so the price came to be what it is, though part of me feels this is priceless to own. :)
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

This book is especially exciting because it comes with an authentic signed letter enclosed on the Olympic Games official stationary between a US Olympic Chair and a committee donor. With this piece of history, an actual letter you can read and hold in your hands to take you back to that time and the actual words communicated between those involved in these historic and world-renown international legacy games… it’s just kind of unreal feeling.

Not to mention the book is glorious in every sense of the word. From the blindingly shining gold cloth cover to the bright olympic stamp at the top of the incredibly rare “Report of the United States Olympic Committee 1948 Games” to the old-school photography and exclusive images from the 40s, it’s just so special. You are holding something that was given rather than bought, given freely and exclusively to donors and other involved parties long before it was published for general distribution, and even then it was a coveted item.

You can gauge this by the advertisement that is included inside, a fold of paper describing the book as “A prized Trophy, A Welcome Gift, A fitting means of recognition…” and has a few paragraphs written on this official ad sheet that highlight the importance of the games to the United States and to the world.

A quote describing the book: “The 394 generously illustrated pages of the 1948 Report of the United States Olympic Committee have written into the record a detailed review of all that was done to select, to organize, and to equip these U.S. teams, and to transport them to the scene of the Games. This job of attaining these various ends was a stupendous undertaking for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s small staff and its large personnel of volunteer workers. So was the task of compiling this book.” So you know right off the bat from this ad, stuffed along with the letter between some random pages, that this was no easy feat, this book. It’s heaviness and gleaming photographs and glinting cover and all, was a work of love and became a work of art.

The ad also notes that “Youths are not the only ones for whom the Olympic book will hold interest. Adults likewise will enjoy it and will welcome it as a gift or as an award of recognition. They, too, need to be reminded that the world will be a comfortable place in which to live only so long as the athletes of its many nations are able to meet in the international sports arena in a fair and friendly rivalry.”

This holds special meaning in today’s rocky times, politically in the United States and the world, I think.

The letter printed as a telegram in old-fashion font that takes you back to the 40s the second you see it typed on official stationary of the United States Olympic Committee, and you feel you want to frame it. The signature at the bottom makes it even more special and unique, that handwriting that has a shade of formality and age to it. There’s something so historic and important and yet secret and personal about it — so few people have seen this letter, have received a letter like this. It is dated January 6, 1950, to a Mr. Ralph Schwarz of the Sapphire Hosiery Corp. of New York City, New York, from the Chairman of the Olympic Supplies and Equipment Committe, H. Jamison Swarts (I know the names are so similar it’s so funny!) and thanks Schwarz for his and his support given the fundraising of the Olympic Committee. He says at the bottom, “I trust you will find this book enjoyable and that proper credit is given your organization for its contribution. Again many thanks for your help in this cause. Very truly yours, H. Jamison Swarts.”

You just know after reading it that this particular book was made to be treasured by the person it was given to, and I’m still not sure how it ended up in my hands but I’m honored, and I cannot wait until an athlete or someone even training themselves for the Olympics can buy this and own it for themselves. The meaning it would have for them would make me incredibly happy to give.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: Report of the United States Olympic Committee 1948 Games XIV Olympiad London, England, V Olympic Winter Games St. Moritz, Switzerland
-Editor: Asa S. Bushnell
-Format: Hardcover, shining gold, First Edition, Limited Edition, bright color details on front, back and spine, bright color maps and illustrations on inside front and back covers, black and white photographs throughout (nearly every page), comes with official United States Olympic Committee stationary on which is a letter written by Chairman of the US Olympic Supplies and Equipment Committee H. Jamison Swarts gifting the book (along with its official introductory advertisement, ordering form and receipt) to a Mr. Ralph J. Schwartz, owner of the Sapphire Hosiery Corporation, for his company's "contribution."
-Condition: Near mint if not mint. The official letter has one rip in the top of it but stays together, shows its age but is all the more historic and meaningful for that. :)
-Publisher: United States Olympic Association New York
-Copyright: United States Olympic Association 1948
-Date published: 1948
-Provenance: I picked this up nearly for free from a tag sale in Rhode Island last year 2015. Crazy!
-Pricing: The other copies of this olympic report available were my basis for pricing, although they all varied in condition, and the trustworthiness of sellers, the amount of pictures offered, etc. Additionally this copy is almost PRICELESS because it has an important piece of history inside of it -- a real original letter from the United States Olympic Committee (on their official stationary! so cool!) dated January 6, 1950 from H. Jamison Swarts (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 4, PA), the Chairman of the Equipment and Supplies Committee for the United States during the Olympic Games in 1948, to a Mr. Ralph J. Schwarz (oddly similar names but no relation or misspellings here), whose company "Sapphire Hosiery Corp." was given this book so that "you will find this book enjoyable and that proper credit is given your organization for its contribution...many thanks for your help in this cause." This is unavailable anywhere else, there is only one copy, and it comes along with the receipt and order form as well for the book itself, advertising it literally as: ",,,A prized Trophy, A welcome Gift, A fitting means of recognition,,," And so the price came to be what it is, though part of me feels this is priceless to own. :)

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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