Friday, July 27, 2012

Olden-Day Olympics.

Though I've never been much of a sports fan, the Olympics get me every time - stumbling across these photos of athletes in the 20s and 30s (and earlier!) made me so happy. 


Images, from top to bottom: Los Angeles, 1932, Bettman/Corbis; London, 1908, Topical Press Agency/Getty Images; Los Angeles, 1932, Bettman Corbis; Antwerp, 1920, Bettman/Corbis.

Tonight, I'll be meeting friends to watch the opening ceremonies - I've been looking forward to it all week. Will you be watching, too? Whatever your plans, have a wonderful weekend! 

Via The New Yorker. (Be sure to click through for the stories behind these photos.)

18 comments:

Berit said...

Sad, how empty the banks are on the first picture.

Xixia said...

I become a huge sports fan once the Olympics roll around. Hey, the summer ones only come every four years - I need to go all out. ^^
The pictures are so cool - I like the vintage black and white. And I'm so excited to watch the Opening Ceremonies tonight!
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Kristina @ Sarcire said...

I especially love the "Archery" photo with the women! Who knew?

Dietrich Brandt said...

I'm so excited for the Olympics! These are great photos :).

Monica L. Shulman said...

I'm so excited to watch the ceremonies tonight and not least of all bc I was just in London two weeks ago. I love love love these photos. You always find the best stuff.
happy weeeknd. x

Rose said...

I LOVE that last photo. Look at them!

angela said...

The archery photo is great. Have fun watching the opening ceremonies, hopefully I will be watching too!

Ladies Holiday said...

I love the opening ceremony & the word olden! Happy weekend!
Deirdre

Michelle S said...

So excited about the opening ceremony tonight! these old pics are amazing. thanks for sharing.

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Lisa said...

Like you, I'm not much of a sports fan, but the opening ceremony this evening actually gave me goosebumps (unfortunately, I was only able to watch the beginning). I love the photos you posted - great choices, as always. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Shoko!

Pink Ronnie said...

I missed the first hour and a half because it was 7am in Sydney and I was still in bed! Stumbled downstairs with the boys at 8.30am and caught the last hour. Thought the cauldron was amazing. Was really interesting explaining to Angus what the Olympics were about and why they were running around with the flame. Funny to think that at the last Olympics, none of the three boys were around!
Happy weekend, Shoko.
Ronnie xo

Mel Scouts said...

These are great photos. Why is it that black and whites always bring so much drama to the situation? Great collection Shoko!

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

I love the black and white photos, my how fast everything changes! With all of the technology at the opening ceremonies this time around, it's even amazing how different the '92 Olympics were compared to this day and age.

Shoko said...

Berit, I thought the same thing!

Deirdre, "olden" is a great one, isn't it?

Ronnie, I loved the cauldron, too. And you're lucky you caught the last hour, because that was definitely the best part - you didn't miss much earlier :)

Bambi said...

your blog is amazing! just scrolled through all pages! :)

jillian m. said...

That last photo is the best. What a moment! It's happiness, relief, athleticism, invigoration and hard work. I love candid shots.

Heather said...

I could care less about sports any other time, but once the Olympics roll around, I always get so hooked! I think I watched more TV this weekend than I have this whole year, combined! :)

Akiko said...

I'm the same. the Olympics get me every time and love old Olympics pictures! The girls gymnastic yesterday gave me a goose bumps! akiko
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