Swedenby Olle Hjortzberg
1912 Stockholm Games Poster
Nude athlete waving Swedish flag for the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm.By the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, there were 2,504 athletes (including Native American Jim Thorpe and a total of 57 women) from 28 countries--and there was, for the first time, an official poster. It depicted a nude athlete representing Sweden in the vanguard of a flag procession. Sweden was in the vanguard indeed: Despite some strategically placed streamers, the poster was considered too daring to be distributed in some countries. It was nevertheless printed in 16 languages--this is the German version--and in three formats, this being the largest. Hjortzberg was a professor and then director at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm.