Basketball made by Karhu
This brown leather basketball was made by Karhu in 1951.
Basketball was still a young sport in Finland in the 1950’s. The national basketball association had been founded just before the war in 1939. This newcomer status was reflected in the fact that the balls used at the Olympic basketball tournament in 1952 were provided by Karhu’s Italian rival company. In most other sports the Olympic organisers favoured equipment produced by Finnish domestic manufacturers.