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Weissmuller, Johnny
Weissmuller, Johnny
Weissmuller, Johnny
Weissmuller, Johnny
Weissmuller, Johnny
Weissmuller, Johnny
Weissmuller, Johnny

Weissmuller, Johnny

Swim as Easily as You Walk

A swimming instruction pamphlet by Olympic athlete and film star Johnny Weissmuller (1904-1984), who won a total of five gold medals in the 1924 and 1928 Olympics and played Tarzan in a dozen adaptations of Edgar Rice Burroughs' novels from 1932 to 1948. Illustrated with photos of Weissmuller demonstrating various strokes, mostly from a standing position, as well as a photo on the title page recto of Weissmuller instructing American boxer Jack Dempsey in the American crawl movement. Published by the underwear company BVD, with advertisements for their swimsuits at front and rear.

Chicago: B. V. D. Swim Club, 1930. Presumed first edition. Saddle-stapled in green wrappers printed in black and silver, 7-5/8 x 5-1/2 in. 31pp. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photo reproductions. Irregular fading to front cover. Small bump to textblock top. One crimped page corner. Near fine; sharp copy of an uncommon publication.

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