Chuck Hoey, Curator
Issue # 25
August 2011
ITTF Museum Newsletter
From the Curator's Desk

Next Newsletter with further updates is scheduled for November 2011.

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Hello Friends ...

The Summer season is usually a welcome break from all the stresses of the World Championship exhibition. A good time to turn my attentions to the Museum website, install much-needed updates, and groom further enhancements. Now I have created a new Archives website, which provides easy access to all minutes and related documents in pdf format, from 2000 to 2011. More documents are being added as they are located.
We enjoyed the visit of the Continental Africa representative of the Women's Working Group, Chérifa Chérif Belhareth of Tunisia, along with her husband. Subsequently Chérifa published a very positive article: "Visite au musée de la petite balle - Emouvant!" in the Presse de Tunisie. Merci Chérifa.
I am pleased to report that the ITTF Museum is assisting the Art of the Olympians museum in Florida with their celebration of Table Tennis, designed by our dedicated ITTF Museum Ambassador Caron Leff.
The August issue of the Table Tennis Collector magazine has been released. 26 pages of interesting historical articles, the 40th anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy, vintage photos and more celebrity sightings. Check it out, a free pdf download, via the Museum homepage or simply click on the magazine cover below. Enjoy!
The charming Chérifa Cherif Belhareth and her husband tour the ITTF Museum, with ITTF Executive Director Jordi Serra. Chérifa is Continental Africa representative for the Women's Working Group.
Une Visite Emouvant

Chérifa and Jordi enjoy a rare privilege, holding
the first Table Tennis rackets and ball (1890). She kindly published a great article, "Visite au musée de la petite balle - Emouvant!" in the Presse de Tunisie.
Art of the Olympians
Al Oerter Center for Excellence

The ITTF Museum has assisted a fellow museum in the USA, Art of the Olympians, which is planning a celebration of Table Tennis. The exhibition, which runs from August 5 to October 28, has been designed by hard working ITTF Museum Ambassador Caron Leff and her family. Caron and husband Marv have arranged donations of 2 tables with Newgy robots, along with a gallery of vintage photos and art. A gala opening is scheduled, and a special tournament. This is sure to be a great success, and a wonderful opportunity to promote our sport. The ITTF Museum received a fine letter of recognition for my assistance.
Photo courtesy of
Dr Wieslaw Pieta of Poland

The eminent Polish Table Tennis authority Dr. Wieslaw Pieta and his family visited during the summer. Dr. Wieslaw recently published two books on Table Tennis, one of which was dedicated to the late Polish star, Andrzej Grubba. He is also involved with Table Tennis for the deaf.
Dr Wieslaw is interested in research materials about the development of Table Tennis in Poland. I gave him copies of documents dating back to before the Polish TTA was formed, as well as copies of handwritten letters from legendary Alojzy Ehrlich.
The group enjoyed a museum tour, especially a good session with our Newgy robot in the Salle de Jeu - a great Table Tennis family!

New ITTF Archives Website

A new ITTF Archives website has been developed, a digital storehouse of pdfs of important minutes and related documents, all conveniently available on one web page. This website accomplishes 4 objectives:
  • Digital backup of key ITTF documents
  • Easy access to the documents
  • An inventory of what we have in the Archives
  • Conversely, an indication of what is missing
    Over time the range of documents will be expanded to include Handbooks, World Championship programs, ITTF published booklets ... I also want to install a keyword search capability - that would be a very powerful tool.
    The old Archives website, featuring scanned pages of important documents, from 1926 onward, will continue to be accessible, with plans to gradually migrate the documents to pdf format on the new site. Both are accessible via the Museum homepage:

  • The new look of the ITTF Archives website

    Please Help Us Find These Items:

    ITTF Magazines:
    1950-1952 edited by Marcel Corbillon

  • Issues 1, 2, 3, 6, 7

    Celebrity Table Tennis photos:
  • HRH Prince Harry
  • Usain Bolt
  • Michael Phelps
  • David Beckham

    Olympic torches:
  • Barcelona 1992
  • Seoul 1988

    Rackets from World & Olympic Champions

  • ITTF Museum Targets

    Targeting, an important
    ITTF Museum strategy

    Contact the curator to donate any items we are missing. Thanks for your help!

    Check out how I have helped our museum through my personal donations:
    Chuck's Donations
    I hope that our readers will show a similar spirit of giving to help the ITTF Museum grow.

    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 - over 10.5 million pages downloaded in 2010.

    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 latest edition was released on 3 August, featuring 26 pages of historical articles.

    Visit the Museum homepage: and click on the magazine cover icon to retrieve any issue. Allow time for the pdf download to complete, as they average 4 MB in size.
    Did You Know ... ?
    There are over 10000 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.