1925 Polo Game Jujitsu Bullfight Betty Becker Pinkston - ORIGINAL RTO1


This is an original rotogravure picture section from the Los Angeles Sunday Times, December 13, 1925. This two-page, double-sided section has cover images of various sports including: the members of the Hollywood Heights Polo and Hunt Club team racing down the field; a Spanish bullfight in Paris; two Belgian soldiers practicing a combination jujitsu and bayonet drill; Benny Thrash, Olympic champion diver, Betty Becker Pinkston, diving champion, and Clarence Pinkston, champion diver at the Edgewater Club; a large Russian wolfhound and a small dog at the Santa Barbara Dog Show; a vintage football game; and an ad for Gorham Silver; plus many other interior images and ads including a full-page (16 x 22 inches) Christmas ad for Kodak cameras.

Period Paper is pleased to offer a scarce collection of original rotogravure pictorial sections from several major U. S. newspapers. These sections were highly popular in their day, and today they provide us with fascinating "snapshots," so to speak, of historical events, people and places --a virtual treasure trove for the collector of historical memorabilia. These items are extremely fragile and to reduce handling them we have taken a digital image of the first page only. (Please note that the image contrast and resolution is of a higher quality than we were able to capture digitally.) Each item in this collection is protected by an oversized black acid-free 3-ply board and encapsulated in an archival resealable bag. Plus, we use special custom shipping materials to guarantee safe arrival, flat. Due to the large size of these sections, they will be shipped folded along the original crease.

About Rotogravure: Rotogravure is a printing method using a rotary press with intaglio cylinders which allows for very high quality halftone reproductions to be printed at high speed on inexpensive paper stock. Newspapers, beginning with The New York Times, were able to make effective use of this technology, and many published regular rotogravure pictorial sections in their publications during the early 20th century.


This 86+ year old Item is rated Fine. This fragile item has normal wear and tear from use including small tears, chips, and creases.

  • Product Type: Orig. Rotogravure Section; Sepia
  • Grade: Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 16 x 22 inches; 41 x 56 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)