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You might remember our collection of all Olympic logos from 1924 to 2022, this time we looked into history between 1896 and 2022 and collected all Olympic posters. This collection includes 87 Olympic posters. Since many Olympics had several posters, I tried to find and select the best ones. I hope that this collection will give you an idea of how poster design have changed over the time.

From this collection, you can see that the 1960 Winter Olympics were the first that moved away from ancient motives and sculptures toward graphic elements. I don’t know if design in general changes around the same time but we can see that it changed Olympic posters forever.
Another turning point is around the 1992 Winter Olympics when design becomes abstract and much simpler. Less colors and pure white background. This is something still trending in Sochi Olympic and other regular poster design.
Another great example is from the 1968 Summer Olympics when the first icons were introduced that represented each Olympic discipline and they are used since. Check Sochi for example. It would be interesting to know if Mexico come up with this idea or come from International Olympic Committee.
City that seriously nailed Olympic poster design was Munich in 1972 Summer Olympics. These posters could be used today and no one would notice that they were designed over 40 years ago. One of them looks similar to Nexus 7 background wallpapers.
If you feel that some Olympic poster is missing, please let us know which ones are it and I will update this list. Otherwise, enjoy this collection and leave your comments below.
1896 Summer Olympics – Games of The I Olympiad – Athens, Greece

1896-Athens-Summer-Olympic-Games-Poster-Cover-of-Report1896 – Athens Summer Olympics
1900 Summer Olympics – Games of the II Olympiad – Paris, France

1900-Paris-Summer-Olympic-Games-Poster1900 Summer Olympics – Paris, France
1904 Summer Olympics – Games of the III Olympiad – St. Luis, United States

1904-St.-Luis-Summer-Olympic-Games-Poster1904 Summer Olympics – St. Luis, United States
1906 Summer Olympics – Intercalated Games – Athens, Greece

1906-Athens-Intercalated-Games-Poster11906 Summer Olympics – Athens, Greece
1908 Summer Olympics – Games of the IV Olympiad – London, United Kingdom

1908-London-Summer-Olympic-Games-Poster1908 Summer Olympics – London, United Kingdom

1908-London-Summer-Olympic-Games-Poster21908 Summer Olympics – London, United Kingdom
1912 Summer Olympics – Games of the V Olympiad – Stockholm, Sweden

1912-Stockholm-Summer-Olympic-Games-Poster1912 Summer Olympics – Stockholm, Sweden
1920 Summer Olympics – Games of the VII Olympiad – Antwerp, Belgium

1920-Antwerp-Summer-Olympic-Games-Poster-21920 Summer Olympics – Antwerp, Belgium

1920-Antwerp-Summer-Olympic-Games-Poster1920 Summer Olympics – Antwerp, Belgium
1924 Summer Olympics – Games of the VIII Olympiad – Paris, France

1924-Paris-Summer-Olympic-Games-Poster1924 Summer Olympics – Paris, France
1924 Winter Olympics – I Olympic Winter Games – Chamonix, France

1924-Winter-Olympic-Games-France-Chamonix1924 Winter Olympics – Chamonix, France
1928 Summer Olympics – Games of the IX Olympiad – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1928-Amsterdam-Summer-Olympics-Poster-21928 Summer Olympics – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1928-Amsterdam-Summer-Olympics-Poster1928 Summer Olympics – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1928 Winter Olympics – II Olympic Winter Games – St. Moritz, Switzerland

1928-Winter-Olympics-St.-Moritz-Switzerland-poster1928 Winter Olympics – St. Moritz, Switzerland
1932 Winter Olympics – Lake Placid, United States

1932-Lake-Placid-Olympics_Winter_Posters1932 Winter Olympics – Lake Placid, United States
1932 Summer Olympics – Games of the X Olympiad – Los Angeles, United States

1932-Los-Angeles-Summer-Olympics-Poster1932 Summer Olympics – Los Angeles, United States

1932-Olympic-Games-Los-Angeles1932 Summer Olympics – Los Angeles, United States
1936 Summer Olympics – Games of the XI Olympiad – Berlin, Germany

1936-Germany-Berlin-Olympics1936 Summer Olympics – Berlin, Germany
1936 Winter Olympics – IV Olympic Winter Games – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

1936-Olympiade-Grossflugtag-poster1936 Winter Olympics – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

1936-Winter-Olympic-Games-Germany-Garmisch-Partenkirchen11936 Winter Olympics – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
1940 Summer Olympics – Games of the XII Olympiad – Helsinki, Finland

1940-Summer-Olympic-Games-Helsinki-Finland-Torch-Route-from-Garmisch-Partenkirschen-to-Helsink1940 Summer Olympics – Helsinki, Finland
1940 Summer Olympics were cancelled due to WWII

1940-Summer-Olympic-Games-Helsinki-Finland11940 Summer Olympics – Helsinki, Finland
1940 Summer Olympics – Games of the XII Olympiad -Tokyo, Japan
1940 Summer Olympics were cancelled in 1938 due to Sino-Japanese War

1940-Summer-Olympic-Games-Tokyo-Japan1940 Summer Olympics – Tokyo, Japan

1940-Summer-Olympic-Tokyo-Japan1940 Summer Olympics – Tokyo, Japan
1948 Summer Olympics – Games of the XIV Olympiad – London, United Kingdom

1948-Summer-Olympic-Games-England-London-BEA11948 Summer Olympics – London, United Kingdom

1948-Summer-Olympic-Games-England-London11948 Summer Olympics – London, United Kingdom
1948 Winter Olympics – V Olympic Winter Games – St.Moritz, Switzerland

1948-La-Suisse-Vous-Appelle-Aux-Jeux-Olympiques-DHiver-St.Moritz1948 Winter Olympics – St.Moritz, Switzerland

1948 Winter Olympics – St. Moritz, Switzerland Poster1948 Winter Olympics Poster – St. Moritz, Switzerland
1952 Summer Olympics – Games of the XV Olympiad – Helsinki, Finland

1952-Summer-Olympic-Games-Helsinki-Finland11952 Summer Olympics – Helsinki, Finland
1952 Winter Olympics – VI Olympic Winter Games – Oslo, Norway

1952-Oslo-Olympics_Winter_Posters1952 Winter Olympics – Oslo, Norway
1956 Summer Olympics – Games of the XVI Olympiad – Melbourne, Australia

1956-Summer-Olympic-Games-Melbourne-Australia11956 Summer Olympics – Melbourne, Australia
1956 Winter Olympics – VII Olympic Winter Games – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

1956-Winter-Olympic-Games-Italy-Cortina-dAmpezzo-Logo11956 Winter Olympics – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

1956-Winter-Olympic-Games-Italy-Cortina-dAmpezzo1956 Winter Olympics – Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
1960 Summer Olympics – Games of the XVII Olympiad – Rome, Italy

1960_Roma_Summer-Olympics-Poster1960 Summer Olympics – Rome, Italy

1960-Summer-Olympic-Games-Rome-Italy-21960 Summer Olympics – Rome, Italy

1960-Summer-Olympic-Rome-Italy1960 Summer Olympics – Rome, Italy
1960 Winter Olympics – VIII Olympic Winter Games – Squaw Valley, United States

1960-Squaw-Valley-CA-Olympics1960 Winter Olympics – Squaw Valley, United States

1960-VIIIes-Jeux-Olympiques-DHiver1960 Winter Olympics – Squaw Valley, United States
1964 Winter Olympics – IX Olympic Winter Games – Innsbruck, Austria

1964-Innsbruck-Olympics_Winter_Posters1964 Winter Olympics – Innsbruck, Austria
1964 Summer Olympics – Games of the XVIII Olympiad – Tokyo, Japan

1964-Summer-Olympic-Games-Japan-Tokyo1964 Summer Olympics – Tokyo, Japan
1968 Summer Olympics – Games of the XIX Olympiad – Mexico City, Mexico

1968-Mexico-Summer-Olympics-Poster1968 Summer Olympics – Mexico City, Mexico

1968-Mexico-XIX-Olympics1968 Summer Olympics – Mexico City, Mexico
1968 Winter Olympics – X Olympic Winter Games – Grenoble, France

1968-Grenoble-Winter-Olympics-Poster1968 Winter Olympics – Grenoble, France

1968-X-Olympic-Winter-Games-Grenoble-Poster1968 Winter Olympics – Grenoble, France
1972 Summer Olympics – Games of the XX Olympiad – Munich, West Germany

1972 Summer Olympics Poster1972 Summer Olympics – Munich, West Germany

1972-Summer-Olympic-Games-Munich-Germany-21972 Summer Olympics – Munich, West Germany

1972-Summer-Olympic-Games-Munich-Germany31972 Summer Olympics – Munich, West Germany
1972 Winter Olympics – XI Olympic Winter Games – Sapporo, Japan

1972-XI-Olympic-Winter-Games-Sapporo-Japan1972 Winter Olympics – Sapporo, Japan
1976 Winter Olympics – XII Olympic Winter Games – Innsbruck, Austria

1976-Innsbruck-Olympics_Winter_Posters1976 Winter Olympics – Innsbruck, Austria
1976 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXI Olympiad – Montreal, Canada

1976-Summer-Olympic-Games-Montreal-Canada1976 Summer Olympics – Montreal, Canada

1976-Summer-Olympic-Montreal-Canada1976 Summer Olympics – Montreal, Canada
1980 Winter Olympics – XIII Olympic Winter Games – Lake Placid, New York, United States

1980 Winter Olympics - Lake Placid, New York, United States1980 Winter Olympics – Lake Placid, New York, United States
1980 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXII Olympiad – Moscow, Soviet Union

1980-Moscow-olympics-poster1980 Summer Olympics – Moscow, Soviet Union (Russia)

1980-Moscow-olympics-poster21980 Summer Olympics – Moscow, Soviet Union (Russia)

1980-Moscow-olympics-poster31980 Summer Olympics – Moscow, Soviet Union (Russia)

1980-Moscow-olympics-poster41980 Summer Olympics – Moscow, Soviet Union (Russia)
1984 Winter Olympics – XIV Olympic Winter Games – Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

1984 Winter Olympics – Sarajevo, Yugoslavia1984 Winter Olympics Poster – Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

1984-sarajevo-olympics-poster-vuckoVucko – 1984 Winter Olympics – Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

1984-sarajevo-olympics-poster2Vucko – 1984 Winter Olympics – Sarajevo, Yugoslavia

 Vucko - 1984 Winter Olympics - Sarajevo, YugoslaviaVucko – 1984 Winter Olympics – Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
1984 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXIII Olympiad – Los Angeles, United States

1984-Los-Angelos-Summer-Olympic-Games1984 Summer Olympics – Los Angeles, United States
1988 Winter Olympics – XV Olympic Winter Games – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1988-Calgary-Olympics_Poster1988 Winter Olympics – Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1988 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXIV Olympiad – Seoul, South Korea

1988-Summer-Olympic-Games-Seoul-South-Korea1988 Summer Olympics – Seoul, South Korea
1992 Winter Olympics – XVI Olympic Winter Games – Albertville, France

1992 Winter Olympics - Albertville, France1992 Winter Olympics – Albertville, France
1992 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXV Olympiad – Barcelona, Spain

1992-Summer-Olympic-Games-Barcelona-Spain1992 Summer Olympics – Barcelona, Spain

1992-Summer-Olympic-Games-Barcelona-Spain11992 Summer Olympics – Barcelona, Spain
1994 Winter Olympics – XVII Olympic Winter Games – Lillehammer, Norway

1994-Lillegammer-Olympics_Posters1994 Winter Olympics – Lillehammer, Norway

1994 Winter Olympics Poster - Lillehammer, Norway1994 Winter Olympics Poster – Lillehammer, Norway
1996 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXVI Olympiad – Atlanta, United States

1996-Summer-Olympic–Atlanta-poster1996 Summer Olympics – Atlanta, United States
1998 Winter Olympics – XVIII Olympic Winter Games – Nagano, Japan

1998-Nagano-Olympics_Winter_Posters1998 Winter Olympics – Nagano, Japan

1998-nagano-xviii-olympic-winter-games1998 Winter Olympics – Nagano, Japan
2000 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXVII Olympiad – Sydney, Australia

2000-Summer-Olympic-Games-Sydney-Australia2000 Summer Olympics – Sydney, Australia
2002 Winter Olympics – XIX Olympic Winter Games – Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

2002 Winter Olympics - Salt Lake City, Utah, United States2002 Winter Olympics Poster – Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

2002-SLC-Winter-Olympics-Poster2002 Winter Olympics – Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
2004 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXVIII Olympiad – Athens, Greece

2004-Summer-Olympic-Athens-Greece22004 Summer Olympics – Athens, Greece

2004-Summer-Olympic-Games-Athens-Greece2004 Summer Olympics – Athens, Greece
2006 Winter Olympics – XX Olympic Winter Games – Turino, Italy

2006-Torino_Winter_Olympics_Poster2006 Winter Olympics – Turino, Italy

2006-Torino_Winter_Olympics_Poster22006 Winter Olympics – Turino, Italy

2006-Torino_Winter_Olympics_Poster32006 Winter Olympics – Turino, Italy

2006 Winter Olympics Poster – Turino, Italy2006 Winter Olympics Poster – Turino, Italy
2008 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing, China

2008_Olympics_games_Beijing_China_poster2008 Summer Olympics – Beijing, China

2008-beijing-olympics-mascots2008 Summer Olympics – Beijing, China
2010 Winter Olympics – XXI Olympic Winter Games – Vancouver, BC, Canada

2010_vancouver-olympics-poster2010 Winter Olympics – Vancouver, BC, Canada

2010_vancouver-olympics2010 Winter Olympics – Vancouver, BC, Canada

2010_vancouver-olympics22010 Winter Olympics – Vancouver, BC, Canada
2012 Summer Olympics – Games of the XXX Olympiad – London, United Kingdom

2012-Summer-Olympic-Games-London-UK-poster2012 Summer Olympics – London, United Kingdom
2014 Winter Olympics – XXII Olympic Winter Games – Sochi, Russia

2014-sochi-olympics-poster-22014 Winter Olympics – Sochi, Russia

2014-sochi-olympics-poster2014 Winter Olympics – Sochi, Russia

2014-sochi-olympics-poster32014 Winter Olympics Patterns – Sochi, Russia
Huge thanks goes to Bill Pileggi, Olympic researcher who contributed to this collection by providing high quality posters from his personal collection.