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Jesse Owens Maximum Cards
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Stock #: 235730
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
Publisher: The Maximum Card Collection
Postmark: 1990 Jul-6
PM City: Minneapolis
PM State: MN
Stamp: 25c
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)

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First Day of Issue: July 6, 1990 First Issue Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota When the Olympics came to Berlin in 1936, the Germans spared no expense, building a massive complex dubbed the Reich Sports Grounds. The Nazis deemed the international event a chance to tout their "Arian race" ideology, and taunted the United States for using "inferior" black athletes. One such athlete was Jesse Owens (1913-1980) who almost single-handedly exposed the hollow core of Nazi propaganda. In an astonishing performance, Owens earned gold medals in four events: the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter sprint, the long jump and the 400-meter relay, setting or tying three Olympic and world records in the process. The youngest of ten children born to Alabama sharecroppers, Jesse Owens moved with his family to Ohio in the 1920s. There Jesse set numerous junior high and high school track and field records. Initially, after his return from Berlin to the United States, his career faltered. But in the 1950s he achieved financial security as a public speaker, becoming what some termed a "professional good example" for the American way of life
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