One fact about pro athletes that's often forgotten is that many are bona-fide celebrities, and their fame typically extends well beyond the fields upon which they wage competition. The delicate and highly visual souvenir pieces presented here recall some of these high-profile individuals' non-athletic appearances, wherein the stars have assumed the role of celebrity spokesperson for a variety of products. Each of these items consists of a page (or two) removed from a popular magazine. Most are full-page ads measuring about 10x14 (taken from LIFE, Look or the Saturday Evening Post) and are ideal as framed display pieces; a few are smaller or half-page versions, as specified. The ads are unmarked and generally clean, with a rough edge at one side where they were removed from the periodicals that carried them. Handwritten notations on the ads' backs indicate each one's date of publication.
1930s (2) - Lou Gehrig/Camels (8-1/2 x 11-1/2"); Lou Gehrig, Bill Tilden, Frank Crosetti/Wildroot (8-1/2 x 11-1/2");
1940s (11) - Lou Boudreau/Gillette; Bob Feller/Vitalis (half-page); Cal Gardner (NY Rangers)/Camels; H. Roy Hamey (Pittsburgh Pirates GM)/Webster Cigars; Tommy Holmes (Boston Braves)/Wheaties; Don Hutson (Packers)/Jockey (half-page); Kramer, Budge, Riggs, Marble (tennis)/Wilson (half-page); Sid Luckman (Chicago Bears)/Pabst; Bud Palmer (NY Knicks)/Vitalis (half-page); Bobby Riggs (tennis)/Vitalis (half-page); Dixie Walker (Brooklyn Dodgers)/Champ Hats;
1950s (16) - Yogi Berra/Prestolite; Leo Durocher/Chesterfield; Bob Feller/LIFE magazine; Bob Feller/Motorola; Otto Graham/Wildroot (half-page); Mickey Mantle/Bantron; Mickey Mantle/Haggar Slacks (half-page); Mickey Mantle/Kodak; Mickey Mantle/Weller Power Tools; Mickey Mantle, Julius Boros/Camels; Mickey Mantle, Bob Cousy/Brookfield; Ed Mathews/Munsingwear; Parnell, Pollet, Raschi, Lemon (20-game winners)/Camels; Phil Rizzuto/Nickel; Phil Rizzuto/Prestolite (half-page); Esther Williams/Int. Swimming Pools
1960s (4) - Sam Huff/Marlboro; Sam Huff/Mennen (half-page); Arnold Palmer/Sears (2-page); Ted Williams/Sears (2-page).