Photograph of International Speed Skating Champion Rose Johnson
[Chicago]: (n. d.). Circa 1921. 9-3/8" x 6-7/8". B/w photograph of Rose Johnson posing in her ice skates, wearing a coat bedecked in medals and with five trophies on the ground in front of her; the center trophy bears her name and appears to read, "30th Annual Northwest...", which we presume is Chicago's 30th Annual Northwest Skating Club tournament, held in 1921. Merest hint of wear to corners, else fine. Near Fine.
Rose Johnson was a women's amateur ice skating star from the late 1910s until at least the mid-1920s, and was particularly well-regarded in her native Chicago, skating for the Northwest Skating Club and, according to newspaper accounts, easily winning almost every local race she competed in. She won the women's international skating championship in 1920, and was a fierce competitor in events in the US and Canada throughout the early 1920s.
Few photographs of Johnson appear to exist, and those we have found are press photos; no records in OCLC mention her.