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Babe Ruth (golf)... Early rockets... De Beers diamond mines close...

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February 19, 1932

THE NEW YORK TIMES, February 19, 1932  This issue is loaded with great content...

* Babe Ruth plays golf
* De Beers Diamond mines close
* Officially close due to the Great Depression

Page 2 has a two column heading: "De Beers Diamond Mines Are Closing Down; Others in South Africa Will Follow Suit" (see images). This first report coverage on the De Beers diamond fields of South Africa officially announcing they are closing down as demand for diamonds dry up during the Great Depression.

Page 25 has the one column heading: "RUTH LOSES IN GOLF FINA," with the subhead, "Bows to Cody, 4 and 3, in Amateur Tourney at St. Petersburg" (see Wikipedia note #1 below).

Page 17 has the one column heading: "7-FOOT ROCKET HERE FOR A TEST FLIGHT," with subhead, "Interplanetary Society to Make First Experiment at Red Hook, N.Y., Next Month," and more (see Wikipedia note #2 below).

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 40 pages, this is the rare rag edition that was produced on very high quality newsprint, with a high percentage of cotton & linen content, allowing the issues to remain very white & sturdy into the present. Given the subscription cost, libraries & institutions rather than individuals were the primary subscribers of these high-quality editions. Nice condition.

Wikipedia note (1): [Babe] Ruth and [his wife] Claire regularly wintered in Florida, frequently playing golf during the off-season and while the Yankees were spring training in St. Petersburg, Florida. After retirement, he had a winter beachfront home in Treasure Island, Florida, near St. Petersburg.

Wikipedia note (2): George Edward Pendray was an American public relations counselor, author, foundation executive, and an early advocate of rockets and spaceflight. Pendray's primary employment was in public relations; however, he always was interested in rocketry. He was an early experimenter with liquid propulsion rockets. Pendray was a contemporary of Robert H. Goddard, whose papers he later edited with Goddard's widow. Pendray and his associates worked on the beginnings of rocket development and technology, which led to his founding of the American Interplanetary Society (ARS) in 1930. This organization is now the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and awards the "G. Edward Pendray Award" in recognition of his achievements.

Category: The 20th Century