Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 27

Vintage Olympic heroes:

Johnny Weissmuller

Johnny Weissmuller (1904-1984), Olympic Gold Medal winner for the USA in swimming
(and perhaps the most famous screen portrayer of Tarzan at MGM).
He kept a secret his whole life – that he was born in Freidorf in the Austro-Hungarian Empire
(present day Romania). As an ethnic German, his birth name was
Johann Peter Weißmüller; he switched birth certificates with his American-born brother
in order to claim American citizenship.

Weissmuller won five Olympic gold medals for swimming
and a bronze for water polo.
Paris 1924: 3 gold medals, 1 bronze
Amsterdam 1928: 2 gold medals
As well, he set 50 world records and remained unbeaten
his entire competitive career.
At age nine Weissmuller contracted polio,
and his doctor suggested swimming as physical therapy.
The rest is history.

Athletic pursuits:

You gotta have (Olympic) art:

Cyril Power

The Eight

Cyril Power (1872-1951) was one of the pioneers and leading exponents of the linocut* in England. depicting the speed, movement and flow of modern urban London in the 1920s and 30s.
Architecture was the subject of many of Cyril Power's linocuts, as well as modernity and the urban environment. He was well-known for his artistic partnership with Canadian artist Sybil Andrews and for co-founding The Grosvenor School of Modern Art in London in 1925. He was also a successful architect and teacher.

*Linocut, a variant of a woodcut, is a printmaking technique in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for a relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a mirror image of the parts to show when printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller, then impressed onto paper or fabric.

Men in shorts:


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