Olympic posters do far more than provide visuals for the teams we root for. The images capture the entire world at a moment in time, showing the evolution of how we perceive greatness, hope and pride.

"A Century of Olympic Posters" by Margaret Timmers presents the politics, commerce and culture surrounding the Games in vivid colors. Whether you are an artist, an athlete, a historian or a fan watching at home, there is much to learn and enjoy in this collection.

If you like the book, be sure to check out "A Call to the Games: Olympic Posters Exhibition," organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The exhibition on display at the National Sports Museum, Melbourne Cricket Ground, from June 18 to September 16, 2012.

"A Century of Olympic Posters" is published by V&A Publishing. See a slideshow of the work below, and let us know your favorites in the comments section.

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  • "A Century of Olympic Posters"

    "A Century of Olympic Posters" By Margaret Timmers Published by V&A Publishing; Distributed by Abrams. <br> <em>Please also visit Victoria and Albert Museum, London accompanying exhibition that is currently on view at the National Sports Museum in Australia <a href="http://www.nsm.org.au/Exhibitions/A Call to the Games.aspx" target="_hplink">A Call to the Games: Olympic Posters</a>. </em>

  • Official poster Antwerp 1920. Martha Van Kuyck and Walter Van der Ven & Co.

    "A Century of Olympic Posters" By Margaret Timmers Published by V&A Publishing; Distributed by Abrams. <br> <em>Please also visit Victoria and Albert Museum, London accompanying exhibition that is currently on view at the National Sports Museum in Australia <a href="http://www.nsm.org.au/Exhibitions/A Call to the Games.aspx" target="_hplink">A Call to the Games: Olympic Posters</a>. </em>

  • Official poster for Berlin Olympic Winter Games, 1936 Ludwig Hohlwein

    "A Century of Olympic Posters" By Margaret Timmers Published by V&A Publishing; Distributed by Abrams. <br> <em>Please also visit Victoria and Albert Museum, London accompanying exhibition that is currently on view at the National Sports Museum in Australia <a href="http://www.nsm.org.au/Exhibitions/A Call to the Games.aspx" target="_hplink">A Call to the Games: Olympic Posters</a>. </em>

  • Official poster for cancelled Helsinki Olympic Games, 1940 Ilmari Sysimetsä

    "A Century of Olympic Posters" By Margaret Timmers Published by V&A Publishing; Distributed by Abrams. <br> <em>Please also visit Victoria and Albert Museum, London accompanying exhibition that is currently on view at the National Sports Museum in Australia <a href="http://www.nsm.org.au/Exhibitions/A Call to the Games.aspx" target="_hplink">A Call to the Games: Olympic Posters</a>. </em>

  • Official poster for London Olympic Games, 1948 Walter Herz

    "A Century of Olympic Posters" By Margaret Timmers Published by V&A Publishing; Distributed by Abrams. <br> <em>Please also visit Victoria and Albert Museum, London accompanying exhibition that is currently on view at the National Sports Museum in Australia <a href="http://www.nsm.org.au/Exhibitions/A Call to the Games.aspx" target="_hplink">A Call to the Games: Olympic Posters</a>. </em>

  • 'The Start of the Sprinters' Dash'. Official poster for Tokyo Olympic Games, 1964 Yusaku Kamekura (art director); Osamu Hayasaki (photographer); Jo Murakoshi (photo direction)

    "A Century of Olympic Posters" By Margaret Timmers Published by V&A Publishing; Distributed by Abrams. <br> <em>Please also visit Victoria and Albert Museum, London accompanying exhibition that is currently on view at the National Sports Museum in Australia <a href="http://www.nsm.org.au/Exhibitions/A Call to the Games.aspx" target="_hplink">A Call to the Games: Olympic Posters</a>. </em>

  • Variant of the official poster for Mexico City Olympic Games, 1968 Lance Wyman; Eduardo Terrazas and Pedro Ramírez Vázquez (art direction)

    "A Century of Olympic Posters" By Margaret Timmers Published by V&A Publishing; Distributed by Abrams. <br> <em>Please also visit Victoria and Albert Museum, London accompanying exhibition that is currently on view at the National Sports Museum in Australia <a href="http://www.nsm.org.au/Exhibitions/A Call to the Games.aspx" target="_hplink">A Call to the Games: Olympic Posters</a>. </em>

  • 'Liberty of Expression'. Poster issued in support of student protests before Mexico City Olympic Games, 1968 Adolfo Mexiac Calderόn

    "A Century of Olympic Posters" By Margaret Timmers Published by V&A Publishing; Distributed by Abrams. <br> <em>Please also visit Victoria and Albert Museum, London accompanying exhibition that is currently on view at the National Sports Museum in Australia <a href="http://www.nsm.org.au/Exhibitions/A Call to the Games.aspx" target="_hplink">A Call to the Games: Olympic Posters</a>. </em>

  • Poster from Artists-Athletes Coalition for the Celebration of the 1976 Olympics series Pierre Ayot

    "A Century of Olympic Posters" By Margaret Timmers Published by V&A Publishing; Distributed by Abrams. <br> <em>Please also visit Victoria and Albert Museum, London accompanying exhibition that is currently on view at the National Sports Museum in Australia <a href="http://www.nsm.org.au/Exhibitions/A Call to the Games.aspx" target="_hplink">A Call to the Games: Olympic Posters</a>. </em>

  • Official emblem poster for Sydney Olympic Games, 2000 FHA Image Design

    "A Century of Olympic Posters" By Margaret Timmers Published by V&A Publishing; Distributed by Abrams. <br> <em>Please also visit Victoria and Albert Museum, London accompanying exhibition that is currently on view at the National Sports Museum in Australia <a href="http://www.nsm.org.au/Exhibitions/A Call to the Games.aspx" target="_hplink">A Call to the Games: Olympic Posters</a>. </em>

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