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Travel bag used by Tommie Smith for the 1968 Olympics

Manufactured by
Used by
Smith, Tommie, American, born 1944
leather, cotton, plastic, metal, and ink
H x W x D: 11 3/4 × 18 1/2 × 7 1/2 in. (29.8 × 47 × 19.1 cm)
bags (containers)
Place used
Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, North and Central America
A 1968 Olympic travel bag.
The navy bag has rounded corners on the top. The front panel of the bag and the back panel of the bag are trimmed in white. There is a metal zipper going along the top center of the bag. The zipper pull reads [TALON] and has vertical grooved lines. On the front of the bag and the back of the bag there are two metal rings. There is a white plastic handle connected to them. There is text screen-printed on both sides of the bag. It reads [USA] in red with a white outline and [OLYMPIC TEAM] in white underneath. Some of the text has scratches and smudges. There are also some spots on other areas of the bag and on the handles.
There is a white faded rectangle on the back of the bag in the top proper right corner. Tommie Smith's autograph appears in black ink. The bottom of the bag has six (6) metal rivets, three along the front and three along the back.
African American
Track and field
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Tommie and Delois Smith
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture

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