Vintage Photos of Early Olympics

2012-07-27 6

Can you picture Olympic Games where women compete in full-length skirts instead of skin-tight bodysuits? How about runners taking more than 10 seconds to complete a hundred-meter dash? See them for yourself in these archived Olympic photos from 1936 and beyond.

Photo via The New Yorker

The first time London hosted the Olympics, it was as a backup—the Games, originally scheduled to take place in Rome, were relocated to London after Mount Vesuvius erupted. The year was 1908, a bygone era of international competition when tug-of-war and the ten-mile walk were official sports, women competed in floor-length skirts, and it took men a glacial 10.8 seconds to complete the hundred-meter dash. Only at these early stages of the Olympic Games could a runner win the marathon after falling repeatedly and running in the wrong direction (he was later disqualified due to the physical assistance he received from a megaphone-toting man in a boater hat, above). In celebration of the 2012 London Games, here’s a look back at the early days.

Photos via The New Yorker

The above images were taken during the Olympics Games in Missouri (1904), London (1908), Antwerp (1920), Paris (1924), Los Angeles (1932), and Berlin (1936).

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Sourced from The New Yorker.

written by denisesanjose on 2012-07-27 #news #sports #black-and-white #vintage #olympics #the-new-yorker #early-olympics


  1. sirio174
    sirio174 ·

    great, great, great photos!

  2. fish300
    fish300 ·


  3. reminator
    reminator ·

    Love it!

  4. alix-mansell
    alix-mansell ·

    I think it would be 100 yards which is about 91 metres!

  5. astilla
    astilla ·

    the swimmer's photo looks great! :)

  6. andpoto501
    andpoto501 ·

    Interesante y muy ad hoc!

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