img. Bauer Sándor, Fortepan CC-BY-SA via Europeana.
From the curatorial effort of the EU project 1950s in Europe Kaleidoscope, every week on Friday there’s a new set of carefully selected photographs to be explored on the project’s website.
Today we present “Get your gear on! Sports for all seasons”.
Throughout the 20th century, sports became more widespread and more inclusive for all kinds of enthusiasts and competitors. Previously excluded racial and ethnic groups as well as women won the right to take part in competitions, and apart from professional athletes and teams the amateur, leisurely sportsman gained momentum. We hand-picked a set of 1950s photographs from Hungarian, Swedish and Norwegian collections for you to browse. From individual victories to team triumphs, and from summery canoeing to defying minus zero temperatures on skis… what would your favorite sports activity be?