Chuck Hoey, Curator
Issue # 30
February 2013
ITTF Museum Newsletter
From the Curator's Desk

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Hello Friends ...

2013 began with both joy and sadness: joy, because Jordi Serra kindly donated a torch used in the relay for the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992; sadness, because Jordi has left the ITTF after 14 years of service. We wish him all the best in the next phase of his career. We will miss you, Jordi.

Meanwhile we received visitors from China - always great to see Museum Ambassador Yao Zhenxu - as well as Japan, Korea, SportCal magazine, and local media. We are also expecting some large groups in April, including an historical society.
I was pleased to find a rare early French complete set of Pim-Pam dated 1901, which I donated to the Museum, and also a few vintage postcards that show the ITTF chateau over 100 years ago.
Be sure to visit our World Championship Results site, and I hope you can help us complete the historical record by finding some game scores that are missing.
And check out our latest online history journal. Over 21.6 million pages of the magazine were downloaded in 2012!

The final relay: Jordi presents the Barcelona torch
Barcelona Torch !

Ah ... at long last, the Museum has the elusive torch from the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, thanks to a superb parting gesture by former ITTF Executive Director Jordi Serra. Now the Museum has all the torches since 1988, although the Seoul 1988 torch is on loan from the Musée Olympique. Only the London 2012 torch was purchased - all others were donated ... so I sincerely hope that someone can locate a Seoul 1988 torch and convey it to the Museum. Together these will make an impressive & important exhibit.

Jordi and Mr. Yao Zhenxu with representatives from 3 Shanghai universities

Jordi greets a Korean group

Callum Murray, Editor of SportCal magazine
Vladimir Samsonov (BLR)
Winner, Swiss Open 2013

Triple Olympic Medalist
Dimitrij Ovtcharov (GER)
Swiss Open 2013

Superstars arrived in Lausanne for the 2013 edition of the Swiss Open, including two ITTF Museum favorites, Vladimir Samsonov (BLR) and Dimtrij Ovtcharov (GER). Men's Singles winner Vladi donated his World Cup 2009 Gold medal to the Museum last year, and Olympic triple medalist Ovtcharov won another big fan after his interview comments in the official program: "Lausanne is a magnificent city with the ITTF Museum." Thank you Dima ! Congratulations Vladi !
Then ...

Now ...

Recently I had luck to find some vintage postcards that show the ITTF chateau as it was over 100 years ago. The historic structure has actually changed very little externally since 1800, as shown in the painting, top left. The surrounding area has certainly grown, due to the westward expansion of the Olympic capital of Lausanne. There are two very large trees that have survived the ravages of time, and opposite the front of the chateau is still a large private forest, complete with wild foxes. As the website says: "un havre de paix et de tranquillité."

Pim Pam !

Recently my well-trained team of scouts found a rare 1901 French set of Pim Pam, one of the early names for the new game back then. It is beautifully preserved, including pair of clean drum rackets, rules brochures in French and English, and a splendid illustration with caption "Le Jeu a la Mode - Le Pim-Pam". It is my pleasure to donate this set in the name of our host commune of Renens, in the French region of Switzerland.

Contact the curator to donate important Table Tennis memorabilia. Thanks for your help!

Check out how I have helped our museum through my own personal donations during the last 10 years:
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.
ITTF Museum Targets

Please Help Us Find These Items:

Olympic torch:
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

Visit: Missing Scores for a full list.

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 !

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History Journal

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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 21.6 million pages downloaded in 2012.

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. Be sure to check out the latest edition, 50 pages of Table Tennis history! The next edition will be released on 1 May.

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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.