Dreaming of Olympic Glory?

Has watching the Winter Olympics made you dream of Olympic glory?


illustrated by Bernie Fuchs, 1979 New York Telephone directory

Well, you’d better start practicing.  Grab some skis and hit the slopes.

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illustrated by Bradshaw Crandall, Cosmopolitan, February 1941

It may take a while to get the hang of it.  Be prepared for some tumbles.

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illustrated by Jon Whitcomb, Collier’s, January 18, 1947

If racing down the slopes doesn’t suit you, trade in your skis for some skates.

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illustrated by Jon Whitcomb, Collier’s, February 7, 1948

Find yourself a partner and try pairs skating.  Your triple salchows need to be in perfect sync.

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illustrated by McClelland Barclay, Country Gentleman, February 1928

Keep in mind those fancy lifts are harder than they look.

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illustrated by Joe Kneisel, Collier’s, February 3, 1940

Maybe you’re better suited for a different sport on skates…like hockey.

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illustrated by Dal Holcolm, Collier’s, January 27, 1940

Take note…hockey pucks can fly by at 100 m.p.h.

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illustrated by Harold Anderson, Liberty, January 8, 1947

Whatever sport you do decide on, Modern Graphic History Library wishes you the best in your athletic quests.

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illustrated by Ray Prohaska, Woman’s Home Companion, November 1935


The Ray Prohaska image is from Modern Graphic History Library’s Charles Craver Collection.

All other images are from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive.

About the author

Andrea Degener is the Visual Materials Processing Archivist in the department of Special Collections at Washington University Libraries.