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Eddie Tolan wins the 100 meters, 1932 Olympics
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Used in the Exhibit: Play by Play - A Century of L.A. Sports Photography, 1899-1989.
Photograph caption dated August 2, 1932 reads, "A problem of angles centers a controversy today as to whether Eddie Tolan beat out his American teammate, Ralph Metcalfe, in the Olympic 100 meters dash, as the judges officially decided, or whether metcalfe actually crossed the finish line first, as many spectators believed. This photo shows them approaching the finish line."
1 photographic print :b&w ;17 x 22 cm.
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 2280
Metcalfe, Ralph H
Tolan, Thomas E
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Olympic Games--(10th :--1932 :--Los Angeles, Calif.)
Olympic athletes--United States
Runners (Sports)--United States
Tracks (Athletics)--United States
Track and field athletes--United States
Stadiums--California--Los Angeles
Crowds--California--Los Angeles
Spectators--California--Los Angeles
University Park (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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