A century of Olympic posters

‘The Start of the Sprinters’ Dash’. Yusaku Kamekura (art director); Osamu Hayasaki (photographer)

 

 

Images from the book “A Century of Olympic Posters” by Margaret Timmers:

As snapshots through time, Olympic posters provide a fascinating record of our world, a lens through which we can explore links between sports and art, politics and place, commerce and culture. A Century of Olympic Posters offers an intensely visual representation of the modern Games, and shows the evolution of the Olympic Games poster as well, from the first official poster for Stockholm in 1912 right up to the present.

 

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The top 10 cities for travel in 2012 – from Lonely Planet

  1. London
  2. Muscat, Oman
  3. Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
  4. Cádiz, Spain
  5. Stockholm, Sweden
  6. Guimarães, Portugal
  7. Santiago, Chile
  8. Hong Kong
  9. Orlando, Florida
  10. Darwin, Australia

A few of the explanations:

Bengaluru – The undisputed Elvis of South Asian megacities, Bengaluru is in a class of its own when it comes to redefining flamboyance. Perpetually drunk on the good life, this South Indian metropolis packs in the best brews, the scrummiest cuisines, and the liveliest arts and music scene, not to mention the hippest population you could hang out with. This year, evenings in the ‘capital of cool’ are poised to get even more intoxicating. And if the maddening traffic has always been your concern, take heart: Bengaluru’s new high-speed Metro network now ensures that your favourite watering hole is easier to reach than ever. There’s only one thing you could say to that: ‘Chill maadi!’

Stockholm – The film release of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo might have prompted a new wave of Stieg Larsson fans to look for the grimy side of Stockholm. Unfortunately they’ll have to look quite hard, because Stockholm looks as perfect as it’s ever been. This is as seductive a capital city as can be imagined – cosy yet cosmopolitan, wilfully alternative and effortlessly picturesque. With its trendy design shops and bohemian bars, the island of Södermalm is one of the coolest kids on the block, while the stately parks of Djurgården make it the best island for an evening stroll. Admittedly Stockholm has never been a cheap date. But even if Stockholm leaves you with a lighter wallet, you’ll inevitably still leave it with a heavy heart.

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Stockholm

 

// Thx to Shashi Bellamkonda

Historical Photos of European Royalty (1910-1915)

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Countess Nada Torbay (England)

 

Princess Friedrich Karl of Hesse (Germany)
Crown Princess of Rumania
St. Patrick's Welcome to Cardinal Farley

 

Maharaja of Bikaner (India)
Vice Admiral Rokuro Yashiro (Japan)

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Prince Leopold of Belgium

 

Prince Leopold of Belgium
Guard at the Eiffel Tower, at right a wireless station (radio) being built.
The 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden. Shows (left to right) Prince Wilhelm of Sweden and Norway (1884-1965), Duke of Sïdermanland; Crown Prince Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden (1882-1973) with their father King Gustav V.

 

Marjorie Ficken

 

Princess Mary of England

 Photos courtesy of the Library of Congress Archives

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