Ederle, Gertrude

American competitive swimmer, 1st woman to swim the English Channel 1926

Price: $90.00

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(1905-2003) American competitive swimmer, became 1st woman to swim across the English Channel in 1926. She trained at the Women's Swimming Association (WSA), which she joined at 13 and began to break and establish more amateur records than any other woman in the world. At the 1924 Olympics, she won a gold medal as a part of the US 400m freestyle relay team and bronze medals for the 100m & 400m freestyle races. Her 1926 successful cross-Channel swim began at Cap Gris-Nez in France and 14h39m later, she came ashore at Kingsdown, Kent, England. The first person to greet her was a British immigration officer who requested a passport. Only five men had been able to swim the English Channel before Ederle, the best time had been 16-1/2+hours. Her record stood until Florence Chadwick swam the Channel in 1950 in 13-1/3 hours. Ederle had a contract with both the New York Daily News and Chicago Tribune when she attempted the 1926 Channel swim that paid her expenses, provided a modest salary, and gave her a bonus for exclusive rights to her personal story. When Ederle returned home, she was greeted with a ticker-tape parade in New York City. She played herself in a movie (“Swim Girl, Swim”) and toured the vaudeville circuit, inc. Billy Rose's Aquacade. She met President Coolidge and had a song and a dance step named for her. Her manager mishandled her show business career and Ederle failed to reap rewards she deserved. A 1933 fall down her apartment building steps left her bedridden for several years, but in 1939 she appeared at the New York World's Fair. She had poor hearing since childhood measles, and was totally deaf by the 1940s. She spent much of the rest of her life teaching swimming to deaf children. Inducted into International Swimming Hall of Fame 1965. Great Autograph Sentiment Signed & inscribed on 4 x 5 ¾ dark pink autograph album page, in full: “To ‘Hazel Case’/Best always,/Swimmingly yours/[signed} Gertrude Trudy Ederle/New York/Successful Channel Swim/August 6, 1926/Cap Gris Nez (France) to Kingsdown (England)/35 miles in 14 hrs.30 mins.”

Condition: Good, vertical center fold, light toning at right edge; light tape stain see-thru at left side, slight trim at bottom & 2 tiny binder holes would all mat out
Type:Autograph Sentiment Signed






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