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Medallion from the 1908 Olympic GamesThe Olympics: A Guide to Reference Sources

Selected Images from the Library of Congress Collections

Here are reproductions of photographs and illustrations depicting the early history of the modern Olympic games. The images are drawn from the Library's collections of books and journals. All of these images are in the public domain.


[Picture of Olympic fencer] [52K JPEG]

Illustration from the report of the 1908 Olympic Games
From The Fourth Olympiad, being the Official Report of the Olympic Games of 1908. London: British Olympic Association, n.d.


[Picture of Olympic medallion] [8K JPEG]

Medallion from the 1908 Olympic Games
From The Fourth Olympiad, being the Official Report of the Olympic Games of 1908. London: British Olympic Association, n.d.


[Picture of skaters] [8K JPEG]

British skaters Edgar and Florence Syers, 1908 Olympic Games
From The Fourth Olympiad, being the Official Report of the Olympic Games of 1908. London: British Olympic Association, n.d.


[Picture of diver] [4K JPEG]

Swedish high diver Arvid Spangberg, 1908 Olympic Games
From The Fourth Olympiad, being the Official Report of the Olympic Games of 1908. London: British Olympic Association, n.d.


[Picture of stadium] [67K JPEG]

Stadium from the 1906 "Olympic Games" in Athens (not an official Olympiad)
From James Sullivan, The Olympic Games at Athens 1906. NY: American Sports Publishing Company, 1906.


[Picture of runner and official with starter's pistol] [26K JPEG]

W.H. Lipinger, Chairman, Olympic Games Committee (with starter's pistol), and Olympic champion Archie Hahn
From Charles Lucas, The Olympic Games 1904. St. Louis, MO: Woodward and Tiernan, 1905.


[Tug-of-war competition] [52K JPEG]

Tug-of-war competition
From Charles Lucas, The Olympic Games 1904. St. Louis, MO: Woodward and Tiernan, 1905.

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