Postcard of a poster. Full colour facsimilie of the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games poster, known as the "Paavo Nurmi" poster. It features a bronze statue illustration of a naked athlete, based on the Finnish runner, Paavo Nurmi. Behind it is a globe indicating the location of Finland and the city of Helsinki. The Olympic rings emblem features at the upper right corner of the poster. This poster, designed by Ilmari Sysimetsa, was originally intended for the 1940 Olympic Games,which Helsinki was to host. Due to the outbreak of the Second World War, these Olympics weren't held. It wasn't until 1952 that Helsinki finally got its chance, and even then, the "Paavo Nurmi" poster was still considered to be so good, that all recent proposals for the Helsinki Games poster designs were rejected in favour of it. Inscription, in Romanian: 'XV./JOCURILE OLIMPICE/HELSINKI FINLANDIA/19*VII - 3*VIII * 1952'. It was reproduced as a postcard by the I.O.C. in 1984.
0 - Whole: H: 148 W: 105 D: 1mm (H: 5 13/16 W: 4 1/8 D: 1/16")
Organising Committee for the Games of the XVth Olympiad, Helsinki, 1952
International Olympic Committee; 23 Jun 1894