American diver who won both diving events at two consecutive Summer Olympics, in 1952 and 1956. She won the James E. Sullivan Award for best amateur athlete in the US in 1956 – the second woman to do so. As a child in the 1930s and 1940s she was notable for executing dives that were not allowed in competition for female divers (dives reputed to scare most men).
Personally owned and used United States Passport. “Passport, United States of America” and the Great Seal are embossed in gold on the front green cover. Issued to “Patricia Joanne McCormick” on “Dec. 19, 1958”. Her place of birth is listed as “Seal Beach, Calif.” with a date of birth of “May 12, 1930”. Occupation is “Housewife”. Inside features a real photo (3×2.5) of McCormick, which is signed with her full name (some skipping to ink). Multiple European and Middle Eastern stampings. Passport measures 6×3.75.
McCormick has printed her name inside the front cover, signed it with full name under the “Description of Bearer” and signed the passport photo.
Passports are a very popular, and uncommon, collecting format. Great example issued to McCormick just after her Olympic glory, offered at a very attractive price.