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Polish Sports History in 3D
November 29, 2012   
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The Museum of Sports and Tourism in Warsaw has opened an unusual exhibition entitled Polish Sports in Old Photographs in 3D, featuring pictures from 1884-1924 displayed in a new, three-dimensional format. The exhibition is a follow-up to the Polish Sports in Old Photographs collection of traditional pictures which was previously shown in Poland and abroad, including in China in 2009.

The new exhibition depicts some of the most popular sports at the end of the 19th and the start of the 20th century, including gymnastics, track cycling, road bicycle racing, rowing, tennis, skating, skiing, fencing, soccer and track-and-field sports.

By showcasing the work of photographers from many decades ago, the exhibition manages to convey the spirit of those days. Some of the most interesting items on display are photographs taken at studios where athletes were photographed with training and sports equipment they used every day. These photographs, all posed, are the oldest items shown at the exhibition.

When photography and photo equipment became widely available early in the 20th century, many amateur photographers started taking pictures of athletes, teams and sporting events. Those amateur efforts are now the only way to see photographs from the first games played by the Pogoń, Czarni and Lechia soccer teams in Lviv (present-day Ukraine).

The exhibition closes with photographs from the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, which marked the first appearance by Polish athletes at the Olympics. That was a turning point for Poland as a nation, which had regained independence just six years earlier.

until Dec. 31
Museum of Sports and Tourism; John Paul II Olympic Center
4 Wybrzeże Gdyńskie St., tel. 22 560-37-80
Open Tue.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., closed on Mondays
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