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Old 02-07-2010, 12:41 PM
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Default Knute Rockne Tribute

I picked up this Knute Rockne tribute at an antique shop yesterday. It measures 23"x19" folded to 12"x10". It is dated April 5, 1931 and has printed in the U.S.A. in small letters on back. Does anyone know anything about this item. Thanks for any help! D.

Added scan below first ones look like copies. More of a sepia look. D.

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Old 02-08-2010, 09:04 AM
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Here is a better scan of Knute Rockne. D.

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I have no specific information on this one, but as a longtime collector of radio broadcast memorabilia I can confirm that it was very common during the early 1930s for sponsors to mail out printed copies of radio speeches and commentaries. That practice was encouraged in those days as a way of measuring listenership and also as a reinforcing bond with the sponsor. Printed materials like this might also have been available at local dealerships of national broadcast sponsors like Ford.

The fact that the name of the sponsor is prominently mentioned on your Rockne piece leads me to suspect this might have been one of those early broadcast souvenirs. It's a superb piece.

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Old 02-08-2010, 10:24 AM
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Thank you for the information Oldtix. D.
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Knute with Babe and Lou
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Default Rockne memorial items

Rockne died March 31, 1931 so your pamphlet was produced just 5 days after he died.

These don't surface too often, but I've seen a few. I have one I picked up somewhere many years ago. There seems to have been quite a bit of posthumous/memorial Rockne stuff produced, like little statues and such. I have this one paperbound booklet thing that sensationalizes the plane crash he was killed in, by claiming it was mysterious or something...I'd have to dig it out but point is, all this stuff show how popular he was.

I only have a cursory knowledge of the subject, but I recall reading somewhere that the Rockne family imposed litigation to stop the production of a small statue that was produced of him because they didn't care for the likeness...or something. I think it was the gold colored one in the photo below that has something leaning on it.

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Carlton I don't usually collect football memorabilia but found this item in a box of different items that were priced. This item was not marked so I ask how much and thought it was worth the $5.00. Thanks for the information it was very interesting. D.
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Default Christy Walsh was also Rockne's Agent/Business Mgr.

And the reason Rockne was on the plane that fateful day was, he was coming to Hollywood to consult on the movie about his life in which Walsh put together.

Here's a ticket stub from the "Rockne Memorial Game" that the Irish played in his honor.
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TYPE I photo of Walsh & Rockne and famous "Gipper" ticket stub.
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Knute with Babe and Lou
That has to be one of the finest pieces of sports memorabilia I have ever seen!

Would love to hear the story on that one.

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I have this one paperbound booklet thing that sensationalizes the plane crash he was killed in, by claiming it was mysterious or something...I'd have to dig it out but point is, all this stuff show how popular he was.


I think this is the booklet Carlton is referencing. It's a hilarious read...raising all sorts of questions about the cause of the wreck. After providing lurid descriptions of the crash scene and the condition of Rockne's body, it finally builds to the this thrilling climax:

"In gathering all the comments upon this tragic accident, the author of this book has talked with scores of fliers, eyewitnesses and investigators.

Two causes for the plane wreck have never even been mentioned in the public press, yet men versed in flying all over this country are discussing -- NOT FOR PUBLICATION -- their real, secret opinions...

They say that either the plane was unfit to fly and that weakened parts gave way without warning, to send the plane plunging in its death dive, or ---

The plane had been deliberately tampered with so that it would lose part of its wing!"

It goes on to say that since the plane was less than two years old with a relatively small number of flying hours, then "only one explanation remains: Someone tampered with the plane!"

"The reader is left to judge for himself."

I imagine most of them judged they'd wasted a quarter.

The 32-page booklet is filled with many unusual photos of the crash site and the funeral and a summary of Rockne's career. Well worth the quarter today!
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