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1956 Olympics

The staging of the Olympic Games in Melbourne in 1956 is often viewed as a turning point in the social, cultural and architectural development of the city. Olympic fever enveloped Melbourne and Australia, leaving countless collective memories and arguably a more mature, sophisticated nation.

The Olympics was an event of such magnitude in Melbourne that homes became family archives for the ephemera of Olympic experiences and memories.

Olympomania spread like wildfire, flooding the market with souvenirs.

In their desire to present a uniquely Australian imagery to the international public, designers incorporated indigenous motifs into both modern and more traditional graphic styles.

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1956 Olympic postcard

1956 Olympic scrapbook

Plastic 1956 Olympic calendar
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