From Athens to London – Olympic Summer Games Posters from 1896 to 2012

    written by Nikola Lazarevic

    The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will begin tomorrow, on July 27th in London, United Kingdom. I thought it would be interesting to see how the design trends in Olympic posters have changed during the years.
    In this article you will find every official poster of the Summer Olympic Games from 1896 to 2012.

    Let the games begin!

    Athens 1896

    Athens 1896
    No official poster was made for the 1896 Olympic Games, but the cover page of the official report is often used to refer to the Games of the I Olympiad.

    Paris 1900

    Paris 1900

    Saint Louis 1904

    Saint Louis 1904

    London 1908

    London 1908

    Stockholm 1912

    Stockholm 1912

    Antwerp 1920

    Antwerp 1920

    Paris 1924

    Paris 1924

    Amsterdam 1928

    Amsterdam 1928

    Los Angeles 1932

    Los Angeles 1932

    Berlin 1936

    Berlin 1936

    London 1948

    London 1948

    Helsinki 1952

    Helsinki 1952

    Melbourne 1956

    Melbourne 1956

    Rome 1960

    Rome 1960

    Tokyo 1964

    Tokyo 1964

    Tokyo 1964

    Tokyo 1964

    Tokyo 1964

    Mexico City 1968

    Mexico City 1968

    Munich 1972

    Munich 1972

    Montreal 1976

    Montreal 1976

    Moscow 1980

    Moscow 1980

    Los Angeles 1984

    Los Angeles 1984

    Seoul 1988

    Seoul 1988

    Barcelona 1992

    Barcelona 1992

    Atlanta 1996

    Atlanta 1996

    Sydney 2000

    Sydney 2000

    Athens 2004

    Athens 2004

    Beijing 2008

    Beijing 2008

    London 2012

    London 2012

    Your Turn to Talk

    Which one is you favorite poster?

    You may also want to see Winter Olympic Games Posters from 1924 to 2010

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  • Brian says:

    July 31, 2012

    This is a great collection! My favorites are the Berlin 1936 games, the Sydney 2000 games and the Beijing 2008 games.

  • alana woods says:

    August 4, 2012

    um hello? arnt you forgeting vancouver 2010???? like whys “montreal quebec” get credit but vancouver B.C. gets nothing

    • Ivan says:

      August 4, 2012

      Just wild guess, this is collection of SUMMER Olympics posters?

      • Nikola Lazarevic says:

        August 4, 2012

        yup, just as the title says: Olympic Summer Games Posters from 1896 to 2012

    • GETCOMMONSENSE says:

      August 4, 2012

      Hey they are summer olympic posters not winter!

    • RN says:

      August 6, 2012

      Redneck…

    • Holly says:

      August 7, 2012

      This type of comment makes me embarrassed to be Canadian sometimes

  • Jason says:

    August 5, 2012

    cool post. The mexico city Olympic graphic is pretty awful looking. Wow

    • kayleigh says:

      August 8, 2012

      I thought that one was really well done. It’s reminiscent of those Mexican blankets.

  • sirjorge says:

    August 6, 2012

    the early versions are so cool, so simple

  • amila says:

    August 6, 2012

    Olimpic game 1984 was in Sarajevo, BiH, not in Los Angeles.

  • Ron says:

    August 6, 2012

    Great to see some of the posters from the past, are you going to do the same with winter olympic posters { hope so }

  • Shelly says:

    August 7, 2012

    Berlin…chilling.

  • Ernesto says:

    August 7, 2012

    So cool that one can trace the different styles through time from classic to modern and post modern

  • Armando says:

    August 7, 2012

    IMO
    Berlin 36 & Barcelona 92 best
    Los Angeles 84 & London 2012 worst

    • Classof1 says:

      August 14, 2012

      Amazing posters. Especially loved all the simple designs like Beijing 2012, nice usage of the blank space.

  • fredo says:

    August 9, 2012

    I really like Mexico’s

  • Trina says:

    August 13, 2012

    Great collection/post! Interesting that several of the earliest posters paid homage to the nude marathon runner/discus thrower. Also love the striking simplicity and symbolism of the Tokyo circle and rings.

    LA ’84 is among my least favorite posters, too, Armando.

  • Irv says:

    August 14, 2012

    From Art to artless. From beauty to simplistic logos. Sad.