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    Description: Central Office of Information's copy of the official poster advertising the 1948 London Olympics.

    Date: 1948

    Our Catalogue Reference: INF 13/224

    This image is from the collections of The National Archives. Its design is a copyright of the International Olympic Committee.

    For high quality reproductions of any item from our collection please contact our image library.

    Endless Forms Most Beautiful, and 56 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. jancyclops 51 months ago | reply

      How odd. I have this as a postcard from 1991 (it was one of a series which were given away by Mars Confectionery in the run-up to the Barcelona/Albertville Olympics in 1992) but the text appears to be in a slightly different font. The spacing is different. Both appear to have hand-drawn text.


    2. Dave Caplan 50 months ago | reply

      I was seven months old then.
      Could this account for my lifelong hatred of all sports !

    3. kashrich99 44 months ago | reply

      The license for this poster says "No known restrictions". Yet the deccription says "Its design is a copyright of the International Olympic Committee.". Can you tell me which is correct please? So are there any restrictions on this poster image at all?

    4. The National Archives UK 40 months ago | reply

      The rings are the protected intellectual property of the IOC / BOA which makes re-use difficult, however they were happy to allow the poster's use here in a 'collections' context.

      You can see more Olympics posters from the collections of the V&A at:

    5. AVFC1Love 31 months ago | reply

      this logo is so much better than the London 2012 silly logo.

    6. Peter J. Ham 7 months ago | reply

      Love this. Stylistic.

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