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Icetime of 1948 and “Howdy, Mr.Ice of 1950”, Sonja Henie & Arthur M. Wirtz
Offered for sale are Two Ice Skating Souvenir Programs from 1948 and 1950 by Sonja Henie and her business partner, Arthur Wirtz. From 1940 through 1950 they put together five skating shows that took place at Center Theatre at Rockefeller Center, New York, and was given the nickname "America's Only Ice Theatre". Even though Sonja Henie retired from performing all the shows were smash hits and millions of people viewed them throughout the 1940's and 1950's. Below is a description and the condition of each program:
Sonja Henie and Arthur M. Wirtz present ICETIME of 1948, Center Theatre, Rockefeller Center; Included were 6 full staged acts and numerous side performances by the very talented skaters that were hired by Sonja Henie; This program has 12 pages of black and white photos showing the different acts; **Condition: Good- condition; There is stress along the stapled edge, minor chipping along the top, right, and bottom edges of the front cover, a tiny tear at the bottom edge of the front cover, surface wear to the front and back covers, a crease mark at the top right and bottom right front corners, and a small amount of writing in ink near the top left corner of the front cover. There are 4 tiny tears along the top edge of the back cover, two large crease marks to the back cover, and a small crease mark at the top and bottom left back corners.
Sonja Henie and Arthur M. Wirtz present "Howdy, Mr.Ice of 1950", Center Theatre, Rockefeller Center; Included were 6 full staged acts and numerous side performances by the very talented skaters that were hired by Sonja Henie; This program has 14 pages of black and white photos showing all the different acts; Mrs. Henie insisted are using only the most talented ice skaters from all over the world in her shows; **Condition: Very good condition; There is minor stress and minor wear to the spine, a small crease mark at the bottom right front corner, minor surface wear to the back cover, and ¼ to 1/3 of the back cover is rippled(we do not know why it is rippled—maybe it got wet, although there is no stain).
Two very nice Skating Programs to add to any Skating Souvenir Program Collection. A neat gift for someone who was lucky enough to see Sonja Henie skate in person or later saw one of her famous shows at Rockefeller Center.
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