This poster features Amik, the mascot of the 1976 Summer Olympics. "In the Algonquin language, amik means "beaver." A national competition was held to name it. The beaver or "amik" was chosen as mascot because it is an animal strongly associated with Canada, the country where the games were held. The beaver also represents hard work." - Wikipedia
"One might expect this to pop up as an example of controversial work: the image, meant to appeal to the nation’s youth, zooms in on a jean jacket pinned with a number of buttons, including one bearing a marijuana leaf icon. But in Canada’s original Trudeau epoch, no one batted an eye, says Bellmare." Azure Magazine
Produced by the Container Corps of America, this poster is part of a series dedicated to the Great Ideas of Western/Eastern Man. In this particular image, the Surrealist artist Magritte illustrates George Santayana's great truth in The Life of Reason: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
Printed in 1971, it is an advertisement for the Union Camp printing company, and showcases a bright slice of Americana with the legendary Babe Ruth front and center. This would be perfect for a little boy's room or a sports fan's area. With the caption "Babe Ruth Had It," the poster highlights the greatness of one of our nation's most talented athletes.
Printed for the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, it is a fabulous addition to any Olympics collection. It features a bobsled speeding down the track. The camera doesn't really pick this up, but it is printed on a thick metallic paper–so it really captures the light beautifully in person.
The Palais d’Eté was Brussels' answer to Paris' Palais de Glace—a large-scale indoor ice rink with various performances and attractions. “Burned in 1891, rebuilt in 1894, it could hold 500 people—and was later enlarged. The first floor gallery was decorated by Crespin. The celebrated Loïe Fuller performed there in 1894, and in 1897 a ‘Bioscope’ cinema sequence was the finale of the evening’s performance” (Belle Epoque 1970, p. 39). In this inviting maquette by Crespin and Duyck, there is less text than in the finalized version, allowing us to appreciate the whorls and subdued tones of the composition.
Originally designed for the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, this joyous image resounds just as well in a more generalized invitation to enjoy Switzerland's winter sports. The skier, rendered in bold crayon strokes, invokes victory beneath the Swiss flag from atop a mountain in the Alps.
Separating France from Italy, the village of Mont-Genevre boasts half a year of snow, as noted at the bottom of this poster. Claiming to be one of France’s first ski resorts, it has a rich history of top-of-the-line winter activities, and at one point was a fortified area before becoming more welcoming of tourists.
Printed ca. 1980, it was put out by PBS to advertise their Sunday night recaps of all the Great Moments in Sports. From hockey to baseball, football to horseracing, basketball to boxing, they covered all sports.