Chuck Hoey, Curator
Issue # 10
Jan 1, 2009
ITTF Museum Newsletter
From the Curator's Desk

Ron Crayden Library arrives

The extensive Table Tennis library of the late Ron Crayden (ENG) arrived at the ITTF Museum on 25 November. Ron's lifetime work will be preserved thanks to the family of the popular English internationalist. Many of the books include hand-printed records of international matches, along with autographs of all the players.

Now begins the big job of sorting, cataloging, photographing, and updating the ITTF Museum Library website. The Library will be accessible to journalists and researchers on a controlled basis.

Such donations are important to our mission of preserving and promoting the heritage of our sport. I encourage the international Table Tennis community to join the ITTF Museum team by donating important Table Tennis memorabilia. Contact the curator:
Museum Homepage goes Multi-lingual

As a courtesy to our global community, I am pleased to announce that the ITTF Museum homepage: is now available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. Thanks are due to all of our volunteers who helped to make this possible. The homepage is the key to navigating the entire website, using my One-Click! approach. While subsequent pages are in English, most pages involve photographs, which speak an international language. Additional languages are planned for the future.

Preparations for ITTF Museum exhibition in Yokohama

The next World Championships will be hosted in beautiful Yokohama, Japan, from 28 April to 5 May 2009, featuring the Singles and Doubles events. The ITTF Museum will stage an extensive exhibit in the venue, and we hope that players, fans and national delegations will visit our exhibition.

The exhibit will include our illustrated Timeline history of Table Tennis, showing all World Champions & Olympic Gold Medalists, our always popular Celebrity Photo Gallery, racket and ball evolution exhibits, a theater showing vintage matches and top stars, and other exhibits.

Contact the curator to receive e-mails about the new issues:
Online Table Tennis
History Journal

A magazine devoted to the history of Table Tennis and its memorabilia is available free as a pdf download 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 - nearly 2 million pages downloaded since the ITTF Museum began its publication in 2006.

Each issue is packed with 24 pages of historic information: research articles, vintage photographs, exhibit reports, and regular columns on auction trends, books and Table Tennis philately. The Fall issue was released on 1 November; it puts an end to the recent Whiff-Waff gaffe, announces some important new donations and takes a summary look at Beijing Olympics collectibles. Visit the Museum homepage: and click on the magazine cover to retrieve the issues. Allow time for the pdf download to complete, as they average between 4 MB in size.
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.