[Berlin]: NP, . Original document. Hardcover. Oblong quarto. Unpaginated.  leaves. Original bolted half vellum over tan cloth, with olympic rings metal pin pasted on front cover. Title page with hand-drawn and hand-colored olympic rings (five interlocking rings that stand for the five original continents: Africa, America, Asia, Australia, and Europe).
This striking album contains 137 mounted silver-gelatin prints on fiber-based paper documenting the Berlin Summer Games of 1936. Laid in, and housed in an acid-free plastic sleeve are two large silver gelatin prints depicting the statues of athletes created by Karl Albiker for the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, and erected on Unter den Linden, Berlin's most famous boulevard. The first one measures 11 5/8 x 13 3/8" and represents two male runners in the nude, with the first one holding high an olive wreath. The second photograph measures 6 1/4 x 13 1/2" and depicts a detail (nude woman holding an olive branch) of a larger statue.
The album opens with the construction and completion of the Olympic Stadium and the Glockenturm (Bell Tower), and views of the Olympic village followed by the opening ceremony with the lighting of the cauldron, and the Parade of Nations. The next series of photographs depict Jesse Owens, and various other athletes competing. Intertwined between the two largest sections showing athletes competing in various disciplines, are two leaves of images depicting the mobile German radio broadcasting unit, German film-maker Leni Riefenstahl* and cameraman Walter Frentz shooting the games, people exiting the newly built Reichssportfeld subway station and heading toward the Olympic Stadium. The last part of the album shows various views of the capital of the Third Reich during the Olympic Games: Statues created by Karl Albicker for the 1936 Berlin Olympiads on Unter den Linden, view of the Alexander Platz, the Brandenburg Gate, the headquarters of the Organizing Committee for the XIth Olympiad, the Berlin City Hall, the Olympic Flame in the Lustgarten, the Berlin radio tower (Funkturm), and the Adolf-Hitler Platz with buildings decorated with Olympic flags hung side-by-side with Nazi swastikas. Each photograph measures appr. 3 1/2 x 4 1/2", and is pasted on a hand-captioned heavy cardstock. The last leaf is a neatly hand-written 1936 Summer Olympics medal table providing the list of countries ranked by the number of medals (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) won during the Games.
The identity of the photographer is unknown, but the high quality of the work as well as the spectacular views suggest that this is definitely the work of a professional.
Minor soiling to boards. Captions in German. Album in overall good+ to very good, interior in very good condition. vg. Item #39667
* Filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl was commissioned by the German Olympic Committee to film the Games for $7 million. Her film, titled "Olympia," pioneered many of the techniques now common in the filming of sports.