New York: Nakladom Sichoboï Organizatsyi Ukraintsiv v Zluchenykh Derzhavakh, 1917. Original illustrated wrappers. Good. Item #223
Duodecimo (11.5 x 17.7 cm). 64 pages: illustrations. Text in Ukrainian. Spotting, foxing, soiling to wrappers; some chips and nicks to wrappers; still good copy.
“Sitch” is a Ukrainian sports-motor-fire association, spread in the 1900s in Galicia, as well as in Bukovina, Transcarpathia and in emigration. Its goal was to create a community of people who were enthusiastic about learning and teaching sports and good sportsmanship within Ukrainian and its diaspora. The first branch of Ukrainian Sitch in America was formed in 1915 in New York. Within 2 years there were 14 branches of Sitch. By 1920, only 5 years after its inception, Sitch had 60 branches and over 3,000 members. At this point Sitch was an organization that promoted physical exercise and gymnastics. Members of Sitch in the U.S. participated in a variety of sports and also underwent para-military training. At this time the society founded a commercial enterprise called the “Sitch Bazaar” which wrote and published manuals on physical education. Sadly, in 1920 the society disbanded due to political reasons. This book was given as a manual only to those who were accepted into the Sitch Association.
OCLC shows five copies, as of April 2020.