The Olympic Games celebrate feats of athleticism and endurance — but nobody would care about these contests if they weren't promoted by great accomplishments in graphic design. Check out all the stunningly designed posters for the past 120 years of Olympic Games.

1896, Athens

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1900, ParisBeautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

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1904, St. Louis

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

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1906, Intercalated Games, Athens

1908, London

1912, Stockholm – the first Olympic Games with an official poster

1916, Berlin, the first cancelled Olympics

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

No official poster was issued, but the artwork on the stamp included above would have been the official artwork for the Games.

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There was an unofficial 6th Olympiad in Amsterdam, which has a poster, designed by Jan Willem Sluiter:

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1920, Antwerp, Belgium, where Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary and Turkey were banned because of World War I

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

1924, Paris, designed by Jean Droit

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today


Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

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1928, Amsterdam

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

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1932, Los Angeles

(via The Museum of the San Fernando Valley)

1936, Berlin

1940, Tokyo, cancelled due to Sino-Japanese War in 1938

1940, Helsinki, also cancelled because of WWII

1948, London

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

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1952, Helsinki. The poster was the same that they wanted to use on the cancelled 1940 Olympic Games.

1956, Melbourne. Australians had an equine quarantine, so the equestrian events were held in Stockholm.

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

1960, Rome

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

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1964, Tokyo

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

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1968, Mexico City

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

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1972, Munich

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

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1976, Montreal

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

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1980, Moscow

1984, Los Angeles

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

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1988, Seoul

(via Digital Poster Collection)

1992, Barcelona

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

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1996, Atlanta

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

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2000, Sydney

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

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2004, Athens

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

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2008, Beijing

Beautifully Designed Olympic Posters from 1896 to Today

2012, London