New York GovernorFranklin D. Roosevelt opened the Games on February 4, 1932. Seventeen countries participated: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
A wonderful Official Report of the 1932 Games is available here.
Unknown Brooklyn location shows an Abraham & Straus horse-drawn wagon, manned by deliverymen Eddie Luft, left, and Frank Chick Rosso, about to deliver the purchases of borough shoppers.
This was way before my time (yes it was) and my parents’ time but would’ve been right back there in my grandparents’ time. In those days, a horse-drawn delivery from a department store wasn’t just a delivery, it was an event; guaranteed to attract swarms of the curious and envious to your door. While Abraham & Strauss is now only a memory, curiosity and envy live on.
By the way, I’m still waiting for a delivery from Macy’s and suspect that it’s coming via this very same horse and carriage team.
I can remember the time when we only had four blokes named John, Paul, George and Ringo crossing here; then again, I’m old…but happily still alert and constantly on the lookout for such events. Cheers!