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Four of Chuck King's Iditarod dog bibs

Object Name: Sled dog bibs
Date: 2001
Dimensions:
30 x 14 in. (76.2 x 35.6 cm)
Medium: Cotton, plastic, elastic, metal
Catalog number: 2008.29.13
DescriptionFour dog bibs - all are white with a neck opening, an elastic loop, and advertising on one side.
A. waterproof material, professionally made bib. Print reads: "Alaska kids. Love them, immunize them" and " I did it by two! Childhood immunization campaign".
B. Homemade cotton bib with rectangular advertisement attached by rivets. Reads "Coldspot feeds and mushing supplies Fairbanks Alaska".
C. & D. Two homemade bibs with rectangular advertisement attached with rivets. They depict an Arizona flag and read "Chuck King team Arizona Mushing for Aids".
ProvenanceTempe resident Chuck King participated as a musher in the 2001 Iditarod sled race in Alaska. The year prior he had placed first in the Willow Mat-su Valley qualifying race. He was the first Arizonan to ever qualify for the Iditarod. He had full blown AIDS at the time. He died from the disease in 2005.

These bibs are worn by the dogs during the first day of the race in Anchorage. The professionally made bib was provided for the lead dogs of all teams by the City of Anchorage for public awareness of immunization. All other bibs are provided by the team or sponsors.

Chuck had professionally made bibs that advertized his sponsors, and others with his team logo and "mushing for AIDS" slogan. These were all stolen before the race, probably by individuals who did not support his participation. His mother Shirlee then had to improvise to make a new set of bibs in the hotel room the night before the race began.

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