1948 London Games - XIV OlympiadPrice: £495 | Nominal size: UK 1 sht - 27"X40" | Grade: Good on linen | Year: 1948
Note: 1948 poster advertising the British made film of the London Olympic games featuring the famous Rank 'Gong Man' striking the Olympic flag - a truly iconic image. The XIV Olympiad was the first Olympics for 12 years due to the second world war - the previous games having been held in Berlin in 1936 and was dubbed the austerity Olympics because of the extensive rationing. Prior to the widespread use of TV, this would have been the only way that the majority of the country saw the Olympic Games. N.B. This is very rare indeed compared to the much smaller official 1948 Olympic posters (the largest of which was just 20" x 30" compared to the 27" x 40" for this poster) of which 100,000 were printed as souvenirs and now sell for up to Â£5,000. Less than 3,000 of this poster were printed, none were sold to the public and almost all would have been routinely recycled for pulp immediately so there are probably less than 10 surviving examples in the world today. A fascinating piece of social as well as Olympic history. There are no records of any coming to a public auction in the last 20 years. I have seen two in 25 years of collecting. First release poster from 1948, linen backed with retouching to borders.
Back to search results
Reserving and Buying
We do not currently have online purchase facilities so you should reserve the poster you want by placing it in your trolley and providing your contact details, including an e-mail address or telephone number. Alternatively, just call Simon Dwyer direct on 07971 797 386 (mobile), or Contact Us by email and we'll send you details on how to pay and the total amount.
Our standard mailing costs, including insurance and packing, for a poster sent by Royal Mail are:
We can also arrange for courier delivery, just ask us for a quote.
If buying several items, we will provide free postage for all but the most expensive item.
Poster size and Framing
We don't handle framing but we are very happy to advise you - just ask. In terms of the poster size, it’s very important to understand that quoted sizes are the official nominal sizes for the country in person and individual print runs for specific posters can vary in size so you should always measure the actual poster before ordering a frame in case it doesn't fit.
If you are unhappy with anything that you buy, just return it undamaged within 30 days (securely wrapped and insured) for a full refund.
If you have any questions, just give us a call on 07971 797386 or Contact Us by email.