Chuck Hoey, Curator
Issue # 3
November 1, 2007
ITTF Museum Newsletter
ITTF Website Statistics!

9 month statistics for 2007 show nearly 188,000 hits on the Museum website. Of the top 100 pages the illustrated pdf of World Singles Champions ranked 2nd, and the Hall of Fame pdf, now with career stats, ranked 5th.

I am delighted to report that the TT Collector journal was downloaded over 25,000 times! It is heart warming to know that people care about our heritage.

I encourage you all to explore the Museum website where there are 60 galleries of exhibits, a virtual tour, and a series of One Click links to all aspects of Table Tennis history. Contact the curator if there is something else you feel should be on the website or other feedback.

The homepage of the information packed ITTF Museum website

The ITTF Museum is pleased to announce two important donations, both concerning the greatest woman player of all time, Angelica Rozeanu (ROM). Museum Ambassador Rudi Sporrer (AUT), Chairman of the ITTF Rules Committee, presented a well-loved Angelica Rozeanu model racket with name insert, made in Austria.

A racket used by the legendary Hall of Famer was kindly donated by her daughter, Micky Herbst (ISR), who has created a superb website in her Mother's honor: Angi-my Super Star Mother

Special thanks to Micky and Rudi for their kind and thoughtful donations, which help to ensure that Angelica's legend will live on ...
Angelica Rozeanu Rackets

A Well-travelled Racket!

This racket in handsome presentation case has an impressive passport. It was made by Russian invalids and delivered to Igor Levitin, President of the Russian Table Tennis Federation, in a special ceremony at the Barneo Ice Camp at the North Pole!

The bat is signed by the President and bears an official seal of certification. The racket then travelled back to Moscow, and then on to Zagreb for the World Championships, and finally to its new home in Switzerland.

The ITTF Museum thanks President Levitin for his kind gift. We look forward to the World Championships in Moscow 2010, where the 6th in a series of museum exhibits will be staged.

The playing surface at the World Table Tennis Championships is covered with Gerflor Taraflex®, a layered red surface that is not only great for television viewing, but also offers the athletes protection from leg injuries, while enhancing performance capabilities.
The ITTF Museum is pleased to announce Gerflor's donation of Taraflex® for us to cover the floor in our Modern Olympics Era room. This will enable our visitors to experience the same floor as our athletes feel during the World Championships. A smaller piece is wall-mounted so the visitor can touch the sample. The red Taraflex® adds some good color to the room, as the accompanying photo shows.
The ITTF Museum thanks Gerflor for their cooperation.

The Modern Olympics Era room in the ITTF Museum
Now with Gerflor Taraflex® floor covering

Online Table Tennis History Journal

A magazine devoted to the history of Table Tennis and its memorabilia is available via the ITTF Museum website, or by direct link: Magazine

The Table Tennis Collector is published 4 times a year, and is enjoyed not only by collectors across the globe, but also by those who are fascinated by the colorful history of our sport - over 600,000 pages downloaded so far this year!

Each issue is packed with information, research articles, vintage photographs, exhibit reports, and regular columns on auction trends and Table Tennis philately.

This is a free online publication in full color, in the format of a pdf download. Contact the curator if you would like to receive e-mail notification of when the next issue is available for download:
Did You Know ... ?
There are over 5000 pieces in the ITTF Museum, including 1000 rackets! Why not plan a visit to the Museum soon - groups welcome. Contact the curator to make a reservation.
Use the back arrow to return to the Museum homepage