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You might remember our collection of all Olympic logos from 1924 to 2020, this time we looked into history between 1896 and 2014 and collected all Olympic posters. This collection includes 87 Olympic posters. Since many Olympics had several posters, I tried to find and select the best ones. I hope that this collection will give you an idea of how poster design have changed over the time.

From this collection you can see that 1960 Winter Olympics were the first that moved away from ancient motives and sculptures toward graphic elements. I don’t know if design in general changes around the same time but we can see that it changed Olympic posters forever.

Another turning point is around 1992 Winter Olympics when design become abstract and much simpler. Less colors and pure white background. This is something still trending in Sochi Olympic and other regular poster design.

Another great example is from 1968 Summer Olympics, when first icons were introduced that represented each Olympic discipline and they are used since. Check Sochi for example. It would be interesting to know if Mexico come up with this idea or come from International Olympic Committee.

City that seriously nailed Olympic poster design was Munich in 1972 Summer Olympics. These posters could be used today and no one would notice that they were designed over 40 years ago. One of them looks similar to Nexus 7 background wallpapers.

If you feel that some Olympic poster is missing, please let us know which ones is it and I will update this list. Otherwise, enjoy this collection and leave your comments below.

1896 Summer Olympics – Games of The I Olympiad – Athens, Greece

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1896 – Athens Summer Olympics

1900 Summer Olympics – Games of the II Olympiad – Paris, France

1900-Paris-Summer-Olympic-Games-Poster

1900 Summer Olympics – Paris, France

1904 Summer Olympics – Games of the III Olympiad – St. Luis, United States

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1904 Summer Olympics – St. Luis, United States

1906 Summer Olympics – Intercalated Games – Athens, Greece

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1906 Summer Olympics – Athens, Greece

1908 Summer Olympics – Games of the IV Olympiad – London, United Kingdom

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1908 Summer Olympics – London, United Kingdom

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1908 Summer Olympics – London, United Kingdom

1912 Summer Olympics – Games of the V Olympiad – Stockholm, Sweden

1912-Stockholm-Summer-Olympic-Games-Poster

1912 Summer Olympics – Stockholm, Sweden

1920 Summer Olympics – Games of the VII Olympiad – Antwerp, Belgium

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1920 Summer Olympics – Antwerp, Belgium

1920-Antwerp-Summer-Olympic-Games-Poster

1920 Summer Olympics – Antwerp, Belgium

1924 Summer Olympics – Games of the VIII Olympiad – Paris, France

1924-Paris-Summer-Olympic-Games-Poster

1924 Summer Olympics – Paris, France

1924 Winter Olympics – I Olympic Winter Games – Chamonix, France

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1924 Winter Olympics – Chamonix, France

1928 Summer Olympics – Games of the IX Olympiad – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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1928 Summer Olympics – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1928-Amsterdam-Summer-Olympics-Poster

1928 Summer Olympics – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1928 Winter Olympics – II Olympic Winter Games – St. Moritz, Switzerland

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1928 Winter Olympics – St. Moritz, Switzerland

1932 Winter Olympics – Lake Placid, United States

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1932 Winter Olympics – Lake Placid, United States

1932 Summer Olympics – Games of the X Olympiad – Los Angeles, United States

1932-Los-Angeles-Summer-Olympics-Poster

1932 Summer Olympics – Los Angeles, United States

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1932 Summer Olympics – Los Angeles, United States

1936 Summer Olympics – Games of the XI Olympiad – Berlin, Germany

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1936 Summer Olympics – Berlin, Germany

1936 Winter Olympics – IV Olympic Winter Games – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

1936-Olympiade-Grossflugtag-poster

1936 Winter Olympics – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

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1936 Winter Olympics – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

1940 Summer Olympics – Games of the XII Olympiad – Helsinki, Finland

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1940 Summer Olympics – Helsinki, Finland

1940 Summer Olympics were cancelled due to WWII

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1940 Summer Olympics – Helsinki, Finland

1940 Summer Olympics – Games of the XII Olympiad -Tokyo, Japan

1940 Summer Olympics were cancelled in 1938 due to Sino-Japanese War

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1940 Summer Olympics – Tokyo, Japan

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1940 Summer Olympics – Tokyo, Japan

1948 Summer Olympics – Games of the XIV Olympiad – London, United Kingdom

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1948 Summer Olympics – London, United Kingdom

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1948 Summer Olympics – London, United Kingdom

1948 Winter Olympics – V Olympic Winter Games – St.Moritz, Switzerland

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1948 Winter Olympics – St.Moritz, Switzerland

1948 Winter Olympics  – St. Moritz, Switzerland Poster

1948 Winter Olympics Poster – St. Moritz, Switzerland

1952 Summer Olympics – Games of the XV Olympiad – Helsinki, Finland

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1952 Summer Olympics – Helsinki, Finland

1952 Winter Olympics – VI Olympic Winter Games – Oslo, Norway

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1952 Winter Olympics – Oslo, Norway

1956 Summer Olympics – Games of the XVI Olympiad – Melbourne, Australia

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1956 Summer Olympics – Melbourne, Australia

1956 Winter Olympics – VII Olympic Winter Games – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

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1956 Winter Olympics – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

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1956 Winter Olympics – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

1960 Summer Olympics – Games of the XVII Olympiad – Rome, Italy

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1960 Summer Olympics – Rome, Italy

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1960 Summer Olympics – Rome, Italy

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1960 Summer Olympics – Rome, Italy

1960 Winter Olympics – VIII Olympic Winter Games – Squaw Valley, United States

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1960 Winter Olympics – Squaw Valley, United States

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1960 Winter Olympics – Squaw Valley, United States

1964 Winter Olympics – IX Olympic Winter Games – Innsbruck, Austria

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1964 Winter Olympics – Innsbruck, Austria

1964 Summer Olympics – Games of the XVIII Olympiad – Tokyo, Japan

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1964 Summer Olympics – Tokyo, Japan

1968 Summer Olympics – Games of the XIX Olympiad – Mexico City, Mexico

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1968 Summer Olympics – Mexico City, Mexico

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1968 Summer Olympics – Mexico City, Mexico

1968 Winter Olympics – X Olympic Winter Games – Grenoble, France

1968-Grenoble-Winter-Olympics-Poster

1968 Winter Olympics – Grenoble, France

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1968 Winter Olympics – Grenoble, France

1972 Summer Olympics – Games of the XX Olympiad – Munich, West Germany

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1972 Summer Olympics – Munich, West Germany

1972 Summer Olympics Poster

1972 Summer Olympics – Munich, West Germany

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1972 Summer Olympics – Munich, West Germany

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1972 Summer Olympics – Munich, West Germany

1972 Winter Olympics – XI Olympic Winter Games – Sapporo, Japan

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1972 Winter Olympics – Sapporo, Japan

1976 Winter Olympics – XII Olympic Winter Games – Innsbruck, Austria

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1976 Winter Olympics – Innsbruck, Austria

1976 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXI Olympiad – Montreal, Canada

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1976 Summer Olympics – Montreal, Canada

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1976 Summer Olympics – Montreal, Canada

1980 Winter Olympics – XIII Olympic Winter Games – Lake Placid, New York, United States

1980 Winter Olympics - Lake Placid, New York, United States

1980 Winter Olympics – Lake Placid, New York, United States

1980 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXII Olympiad – Moscow, Soviet Union

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1980 Summer Olympics – Moscow, Soviet Union (Russia)

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1980 Summer Olympics – Moscow, Soviet Union (Russia)

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1980 Summer Olympics – Moscow, Soviet Union (Russia)

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1980 Summer Olympics – Moscow, Soviet Union (Russia)

1984 Winter Olympics – XIV Olympic Winter Games – Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

1984 Winter Olympics – Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

1984 Winter Olympics Poster – Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

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Vucko – 1984 Winter Olympics – Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

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Vucko – 1984 Winter Olympics – Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

 Vucko - 1984 Winter Olympics - Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

Vucko – 1984 Winter Olympics – Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

1984 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXIII Olympiad – Los Angeles, United States

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1984 Summer Olympics – Los Angeles, United States

1988 Winter Olympics – XV Olympic Winter Games – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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1988 Winter Olympics – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1988 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXIV Olympiad – Seoul, South Korea

1988-Summer-Olympic-Games-Seoul-South-Korea

1988 Summer Olympics – Seoul, South Korea

1992 Winter Olympics – XVI Olympic Winter Games – Albertville, France

1992 Winter Olympics - Albertville, France

1992 Winter Olympics – Albertville, France

1992 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXV Olympiad – Barcelona, Spain

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1992 Summer Olympics – Barcelona, Spain

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1992 Summer Olympics – Barcelona, Spain

1994 Winter Olympics – XVII Olympic Winter Games – Lillehammer, Norway

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1994 Winter Olympics – Lillehammer, Norway

1994 Winter Olympics Poster - Lillehammer, Norway

1994 Winter Olympics Poster – Lillehammer, Norway

1996 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXVI Olympiad – Atlanta, United States

1996-Summer-Olympic–Atlanta-poster

1996 Summer Olympics – Atlanta, United States

1998 Winter Olympics – XVIII Olympic Winter Games – Nagano, Japan

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1998 Winter Olympics – Nagano, Japan

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1998 Winter Olympics – Nagano, Japan

2000 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXVII Olympiad – Sydney, Australia

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2000 Summer Olympics – Sydney, Australia

2002 Winter Olympics – XIX Olympic Winter Games – Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

2002 Winter Olympics - Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

2002 Winter Olympics Poster – Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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2002 Winter Olympics – Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

2004 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXVIII Olympiad – Athens, Greece

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2004 Summer Olympics – Athens, Greece

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2004 Summer Olympics – Athens, Greece

2006 Winter Olympics – XX Olympic Winter Games – Turino, Italy

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2006 Winter Olympics – Turino, Italy

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2006 Winter Olympics – Turino, Italy

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2006 Winter Olympics – Turino, Italy

2006 Winter Olympics Poster – Turino, Italy

2006 Winter Olympics Poster – Turino, Italy

2008 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing, China

2008_Olympics_games_Beijing_China_poster

2008 Summer Olympics – Beijing, China

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2008 Summer Olympics – Beijing, China

2010 Winter Olympics – XXI Olympic Winter Games – Vancouver, BC, Canada

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2010 Winter Olympics – Vancouver, BC, Canada

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2010 Winter Olympics – Vancouver, BC, Canada

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2010 Winter Olympics – Vancouver, BC, Canada

2012 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXX Olympiad – London, United Kingdom

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2012 Summer Olympics – London, United Kingdom

2014 Winter Olympics – XXII Olympic Winter Games – Sochi, Russia

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2014 Winter Olympics – Sochi, Russia

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2014 Winter Olympics – Sochi, Russia

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2014 Winter Olympics Patterns – Sochi, Russia

Huge thanks goes to Bill Pileggi, Olympic researcher who contributed to this collection by providing high quality posters from his personal collection.

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Maggew

    This is my favorite post of the week!

    Thanks for sharing this article, great job dude. My favorite was being able to look and see all the times USA hosted Olympic Events, and to my surprise I learned about the 1932 games which has a crazy history!

    Thanks,

  2. saki

    That was really neat. What a cornucopia of colours, fonts, shapes, textures!

    However, disgusted to see that California has a place called Squaw Valley, and that the Olympics were hosted there. Awful.

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