London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in 1948: Modest but still Proud

By

28th Jul, 2012

20120728-113446.jpg

Last night I logged onto my Facebook and saw my newsfeed overwhelmed with status updates of London-based or British friends about how proud they were to be Londoners. The opening ceremony for the Olympics had just aired on television and the Queen had apparently made her entrance by parachuting out of a helicopter with James Bond. I’m a little embarrassed as a London ex-patriote to admit that I missed the whole thing in favor of the latest Batman flick (which by the way, was awe-soooome). Oops.

20120728-113452.jpg

Anyhoo, I’ve come across some time-appropriate snaps of the Olympic ceremony in London sixty-four years earlier in 1948, the first games after a 12 year hiatus after World War II. You’ll find these pictures may look a little more modest to what London has on offer today because of the then post-war economic climate.

20120728-113442.jpg

Not a single new venue for the games had been built. A record 59 nations but because of their roles as aggressors in World War II, Germany and Japan were not invited to participate; the USSR were invited but chose not to send any athletes. The USA won the most total medals, 84, and the most gold medals. Britain won 23 medals that year, three of them gold.

20120728-113456.jpg

20120728-113503.jpg

20120728-113511.jpg

20120728-113517.jpg

Via retronaut

:::

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:

.

You Might Also Like

Comments

More in Editor's PicksInternet ScrapbookLife is Messy

Hot Off the Press

Editor's Picks

beirut3

A Prime Minister’s Abandoned Beirut Mansion

There's one type of home you don't really expect to find crumbling in an abandoned and decaying state– such as the ones that belonged to heads of state or government, for example. But when a co...

Trending 4,383
5126739968_1a75759ab9_b

The USB Sticks Hidden in Walls across the World

Five years ago, Berlin-based media artist Aram Bartholl launched a project called 'Dead Drops'. I know, I'm a little late in taking notice, but the trouble is, Adam's project is rather hard to spo...

Trending 24,769
denver13

Take a Tour of a 1964 Underground Fallout Home

I found this little gem of a photo series on my weekly fish through the LIFE archives, accompanied by just a few clues to the full story behind it. Filed under "Underground House in Denver, phot...

Trending 15,403