‘It’s In The Details’
|Title||Jim Thorpe of Carlisle, PA Postcard
|Size||3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
|Number in Set
1912 Jim Thorpe Hensel Studios Postcard Overview
This postcard features football star Jim Thorpe as track and field star and not a football player.
Before Thorpe became a famous professional football and baseball player, he starred in track and field and later participated in the Olympics. Thorpe would win gold medals in both the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon at the Olympics. Those medals were later stripped from him after it had been deemed he played semi-professional baseball (professional athletes could not participate in the athletics) but the medals were later restored in 1983.
The postcard features a sepia-toned picture of Thorpe in a faux starting position. Thorpe is in uniform but not on a track. He’s on a wooden floor and likely a photography studio as the picture was shot by Hensel Studio.
The postcard celebrates him as a high school athlete as the bottom is titled ‘from the Carlisle Indian School,’ Thorpe’s high school. It also calls him ‘The World’s Champion Athlete.’
1912 Jim Thorpe Hensel Studios Postcard Checklist
This is a standalone issue and not part of a set.