Chuck Hoey, Curator
Issue # 29
October 2012
ITTF Museum Newsletter
From the Curator's Desk

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Hello Friends ...

The London 2012 Olympic Games may be over, but for most the wonderful memories of these highly successful Games will live on. Congratulations to the medalists and all involved. Special thanks to LOCOG for their fantastic donation of one of the beautiful DHS official Olympic tables. The ITTF Museum has created a special exhibit in tribute to London 2012, showing the magnificent official torch, augmented by many pins and badges, tickets, celebrity photos and the outstanding book published for the occasion, From London to London, by Colin Clemett. The table will be the centerpiece of our exhibit.

I am pleased to report further splendid donations to the Museum. As we become better known, through our annual exhibitions, the Museum website, the Newsletters, and the quarterly magazine, people are realizing that there is a special place for our sport's important memorabilia, for star players to be recognized and their legacies preserved. Special thanks to the great Vladimir Samsonov (BLR), who kindly donated his Gold Medal from the 2009 World Cup.

I invite everyone to check out a new research tool that I installed on the Museum website: the Historical Statistics Archive. Enjoy, and thank you for your time!

London 2012
Olympic & Paralympic Games

LOCOG Has donated to the ITTF Museum one of the fabulous Double Happiness official tables used in the London 2012 Olympic Games. This magnificent table, along with the beautiful torch will help us preserve
the memories of London 2012 in a meaningful way. Grateful thanks to LOCOG for their kind and thoughtful donation - it will be treasured, and much appreciated by our visitors.

ITTF President Adham Sharara accepts the stunning official torch from Debbie Jevans, LOCOG Director of Sports.

The ExCeL Arena, venue for the Table Tennis events

A small Table Tennis history exhibition was arranged in the spectator holding area, and the ITTF Museum supplied digital images and artefacts for the displays.

Congratulations to the hosts for a great success!
Vladimir Samsonov (BLR)

The great Vladimir Samsonov, winner of 3 World Cups, 3 European Singles titles, 4 European Top-12 Golds, 25 Pro Tour events, has participated in 16 consecutive World Championships since 1993 - amazing longevity! Special thanks for your generous donation Vladimir.

Gold Medal won by Vladimir Samsonov (BLR) at the 2009 World Cup in Moscow, kindly donated to the ITTF Museum. He also won the World Cup title in 1999 and 2001

More Donations!

Lot of 15 books, each inscribed by the author to A.K.Bill Vint, former ITTF General Secretary. Kindly donated by Mrs. W.M.Mabbett via Eve Williams, who was ITTF Administration Manager at the Hastings office.
Here is a sample of one of the inscriptions:

Great action photo of Fred Perry, thanks to Richard
Scruton, Table Tennis Competition Manager at the
London 2012 Olympic Games

Superb & very rare pair of 1901 'aerodynamic' rackets by Curnock, ivorine face, with handsome pair of large wood & ivorine netposts. Yet another in a long series of donations by your curator over the years - important to rescue & preserve such treasures.

Pair of carved vases, decorated with table tennis rackets & balls, thanks to Michael Thomson (SCO), who also donated 6 books to the ITTF Library.
There are 4 strange characters 90 degrees apart on the base, and sources say they are not Chinese, Japanese or Korean. Can anyone identify them?

Scarce 1930 booklet from Italy,
thanks to Danilo Giovanelli (ITA)
Thanks to ITTF Deputy President Neil Harwood for a fine scrapbook filled with vintage photos, early programs and newspaper clippings. A sample above: legendary Victor Barna in one of his trademark table high leaps.

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

Check out how I have helped our museum through my own personal donations:
Chuck's Donations
I hope that our readers will show a similar spirit of giving to help the ITTF Museum preserve the history of our sport.
New Museum Website Feature: Historical Statistics Archive

Museum Home Page:
The Archive link is shown by the red arrow.
The Historical Statistics Archive has links to a wide array of data, in two categories: the Olympic Games, and the World Championships. Here is a partial list:

  • World Singles Medalists
  • World Team Medalists, by country or by player
  • Most World Championship Gold Medals
  • World Championship Participation
  • World Championship Results, Round/16 to Finals
  • Olympics Results, Round/16 to Finals
  • Olympic Medalists
  • Olympic Participation
  • and more ...

    Check it out !
  • ITTF Museum Targets

    Please Help Us Find These Items:

    Olympic torches:
    Barcelona 1992
    Seoul 1988

    Rackets from World & Olympic Champions

    Missing World Championship match scores:
    MS: 1936 Rd/16, 1939 Rd/16, QF 1949 Rd/16
    WS: 1936: Rd/16 1939: Rd/16, QF 1947: Rd/16
    MD: 1935: Rd/16 1936: Rd/16, QF 1939: Rd/16
    WD: 1935: Rd/16 1936, 1939, 1947: all 1950: Rd/16
    XD: 1933: Rd/16 1935: Rd/16 1936: all 1937: Rd/16

    Targeting, an important
    ITTF Museum strategy

    Celebrity Table Tennis photos wanted:
    HRH Prince Harry
    Usain Bolt
    Michael Phelps
    David Beckham
    Sir Chris Hoy

    Contact the curator if you can help. Thanks !

    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 next edition will be released on 1 November, 40 pages of historical articles and vintage photographs, and a special 14-page feature on London 2012 Olympic Games.

    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.