Helsinki 1952 – Sports Illustrations

Designer: unknown


Since 1912, sports illustrations were also created for the Games in Helsinki, explaining the sport without a written explanation. The need to use non-verbal symbols was certainly particularly important for the organisers, as Finnish is one of the most difficult languages in the world and its language community is relatively small. Compared to London 1948, where the illustrative pictograms consisted mainly of sports equipment, Helsinki illustrated athletes in a pose typical of their discipline. Mostly the whole body was shown, with some sports illustrations, for example for basketball, canoeing, rowing, shooting and swimming, featuring details. The illustration of the sailing competitions is dominated by the sailing boat, while the sailor is hardly recognisable. For the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as the illustration of the art exhibition symbolic objects were used. The difficulty of these rather complex illustrations was their miniaturisation. These sports illustrations were shown on the tickets and on the daily programmes, no other applications are known.


ATHLETICS

BASKETBALL

BOXING

CANOEING

CYCLING


EQUESTRIAN

FENCING

FOOTBALL

GYMNASTICS

HOCKEY


MODERN PENTATHLON

ROWING

SWIMMING

WRESTLING

WEIGHTLIFTING


YACHTING

DEMONSTRATION SPORT BASEBALL

OPENING CEREMONY

CLOSING CEREMONY