Sunday, July 29, 2012

1932 Olympic Village Post Cards

The 1932 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, California were officially known as the Games of the X Olympiad. The majority of our posts this week on Toys & Stuff will commemorate the 1932 Olympics Village. Only three years into the Great Depression, no other city put in a  bid to host the games. The Depression made it difficult for many nations to participate and less than half of the participants of the 1928 games were able to participate as they simply couldn't afford it. To help offset costs, 1932 was the first time an Olympic Village was built. The male athletes occupied the village, built in the Baldwin Hills, while female athletes stayed at the Chapman Park Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard. The 1932 Games also marked the first use of a victory podium. For a more detailed treatise on the Village and the 1932 Olympics in general go here:  1932 Olympics 

Our first offerings are a couple of postacards, one in color and the other in black and white, showing overall aerial views of the Village grounds. Enjoy!