1912  Stockholm Summer Olympics

1912 Summer Olympics - Olympic Memorabilia

Winner Medals

Olympic games winner medal 1912 Olympic games winner medal 1912
Images copyright © by Ulf Ström, Stockholm, Sweden
1st Place: Gold Medal Material: Gold
    Weight 24 gr
1st Place Teams: Gold Medal Material: Gilt Silver
    Weight 18 gr
2nd Place: Silver Medal Material: Silver
    Weight 16 gr
3rd Place: Bronze Medal Material: Bronze
    Weight 19 gr
Diameter: 33 mm Design by: Erik Lindberg /
Bertram Mackennal
    Mint: CC Sporrong
Thickness: 2,5 mm Ribbon: None
Obverse: Two female figures  crowning a young victor in the Olympic Games with a laurel wreath;
Reverse: The figure of a herald, proclaiming the Olympic Games and standing close to a bust of Ling, the founder of the Swedish system of gymnastics.
Numbers of Medals: Gold:   90        Gild Silver: 200        Silver:   285           Bronze:   270
The Prize Medals 1912

In accordance with the General Programme of the Games, as determined by the International Olympic Committee, the first prize in individual events was to consist of a gold medal, but, in team events, of a silver-gilt medal for each member of the team; the second prize, for all competitions, was a silver medal, or medals, and, for the third prize, a bronze medal, or medals.

H.M. the King, crowing the winner of the marathon race 1912

The Swedish Olympic Committee resolved, however, to make the following exceptions from this rule: A gold medal was to be presented to each member of the winning teams in the Horse Riding Competitions; the first prize in the Lawn Tennis Doubles was to be a gold medal for each member of the winning pairs, and, in the Yacht Racing, as first prize in the 12-metres Class, a gold medal was to be awardet both to the successful helmsman and to his mate or leading hand.

After the Swedish Olympic Committee had come to the resolution, in May 1910, that the prize medals should bear the same obverse as that adopted for the London Games, and that Mr. Erik Lindberg should be asked to make a design for the reverse of the medal, a sketch by the above-mentioned engraver was laid before the said Committee at a meeting held on the 14 November, 1910, and was approved of after a short discussion.

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The presentation cases were blue, gold
red or green respectively.

In track and field, the winner receibed a gold medal, the socond a silver an the third a bronze medal. 

In the team events, the first place carried with it a diploma and each member of the team got a vermeil medal. Those in the second- and third-placed teams had silver and bronze medals respectively. 

There were always exceptions: in the equestrian events a medal went to each member of the firtst team; the same applied in the doubles teams. The helmsman and his second, winners in the 12 metre yachting class, each received a gold medal.

(Source document: Olympic Review, 1972)

Participation Medal

Olympic participation Medal 1912 Stockholm Olympic participation Medal 1912 Stockholm
Available in 3 different versions
Material: Gold Weight: ? gr
Material: Silver Weight: 53 gr
Material: Bronze Weight: 55 gr
Version: Pewter Weight: 45 gr
Diameter: 51 mm Design by: Bertram Mackennal
Thickness: 5 mm Mint: Vaughton, England
Obverse: Quadriga with triumphant winner.
Reverse: Zeus seated on Ionian column holding figure of Nike, Stockholm in back.
The Commemoration Medal 1912

In May, 1910, the Swedish Olympic Committee determined to issue a commemoration medal to be presented to the functionaries and competitors taking part in the Games, and resolved that the obverse of this medal should be the same as that of the Commemoration Medal of the London Games. After the Medal and Badge Committee had sent in several designs for the reverse, drawn by Mr. E. Lindberg, the Swedish Olympic Committee, at a meeting on the 20 February, 1911, settled the definite appearance of the medal in question. The Obverse, the permanent side, represents an classic Greek chariot drawn by four horses, in which stands two male figures, one the charioteer and the other the judge, ready to present the triumphant athlete with the palm of victory; the Reverse shows, on the capital of an Ionian column, Zeus, sitting in a chair of ancient form, and holding a figure of the Goddess of Victory in his hand. In the background can be seen the outlines of the Royal Palace of Stockholm, together with those of Helgeandsholmen Island and of the façade of the Riksdag House.

Regarding the distribution of the Commemoration Medal, of which 2 copies were made in gold, 50 in silver, 100 in bronze, and about 6,000 in oxidized and ordinary pewter, the Swedish Olympic Committee determined that the Commemoration Medal in gold should be presented to H. M. King Gustavus and to H. R. H. the Crown Prince of Sweden; in silver, to the members of the Swedish Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee; in bronze, to the Presidents of the Special Committees and to the Chairmen of the International Juries; in oxidized and ordinary pewter, to the other functionaries; to all the competitors that started in any event; to the staffs of all the offices of the Swedish Olympic Committee, and, finally, to all those persons, both at home and abroad, who had laboured for, and helped to further, the success of the Games.

(Sourse document:   Official Report 1912, page 161)


diploma olympic games 1912 stockholm
Description: Crowned female holding staff and statue of Victory, Stockholm Olympic stadium in background, panal with 7-line Swedish award legend below. Surrounded by flower and laurel leaf border.
Size: 37 x 53,4 cm
Design by: Prof. Olle Hjertzberg
Printed by: Centraltryckeriet, Stockholm
Signed by:  
Copies: about 1.000

In accordance with the general regulations of the Olympic Games, every prize-medal had to be accompanied by a diploma. In addition to this, it had also been determined that every competitor, other than a winner, whose performance was of pre-eminent merit, should be presented with a special Diploma of Merit. Such diplomas were also promised to every non-winner in the Marathon Race and in the Cycling Race round Lake Mälar, who passed the winning-post within the winner`s time plus 25 %.

In August, 1911, Professor Olle Hjortzberg, of the Royal Academy, was requested to make a design for the Olympic Diploma, and in the middle of March, 1912, a number of different designs were laid before the Swedish Olympic Committee, of which the Committee approved of, and accepted, one representing the goddess Pallas Athene, with, in the Background, the Stadium, in which a gymastic display is being given. In her right hand the goddess holds a staff and, in her uplifted left hand, the Greek symbol of victory.

Above, to the right, hangs a shield with the three crowns of Sweden, with a drooping birch-tree at the back. This diploma was used both for the prize-diploma and the diploma of merit. Its size was fixed at 47,5 cm x 65 cm.    About 1,000 prize-diplomas and 450 diplomas of merit were awarded. After the conclusion of the Games, the Swedish Olympic Committee determined to issue the following additional diplomas: 

The Commemoration Diploma: presented to all the principal Associations represented at the Games, to the members of the International Olympic Committee, and to the leading personages in the various national Olympic Committee.

The Diploma for Meritorous Work: presented to the members of the Swedisch Olympic Committee and to the presidents and secretaries of the special committees.

The Contractors Diploma: presented to the firms, etc., that had meritoriously carried out the contracts made with the Swedish Olympic Committee and the Stadium.  Altogether, some 2,000 diplomas have been awarded.

(Source document:   Official Report 1912, Page 163)


  The Badges for the Officials and Competitors 1912:

On the 14 November, 1910, the Swedish Olympic Committee accepted for the badge to be given to the officials and competitors present at the Games, a design by Erik Lindberg, representing the head of Pallas Athene, as the principal figure, resting on a four-sided plinth adorned with the Three Crowns of Sweden. The plinth bore the following inscription in Swedish: “The Olympic Games of Stockholm, 1912”. About 5,000 examples of the badge were struck in oxidized silver-plated metal, in addition to which, some 50 were struck, made of silver-gilt, the last-mentioned being for the members of the Swedish and the International Olympic Committees.

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As the badge for the officials and the competitors was to entitle the wearer to admission to all the places where competitions were to be held, and as places had been reserved in various sections of the Stadium for the different groups of functionaries, the Swedish Olympic Committee determined on the following system of mounting and distributing the badge in question: The badge, in silver-gilt and attached to a blue and yellow ribbon, was to be worn by the members of the Swedish Olympic Committee, and was to entitle the wearers to admission to the box in the Stadium north of, and next to the Royal box; to a reserved seat at all the other places where the Olympic competitions were being held; to the seats on the northern slope of the Stadium and to all the evening entertainments at the Stadium during the period July 6—July 15. The same badge, unmounted, was distributed to the members of the International Olympic Committee, and conferred the same privileges as were attached to that worn by the Swedish Olympic Committee. The same badge unmounted and in silver-gilt, was presented to the ladies of the members of the Swedish and the International Olympic Committees, and entitled the bearers to the same privileges as those possessed by the said members.

The presidents of the special committees, and the leaders of the teams of the various nations, were presented with the badge mounted on a blueand- yellow cockade. This badge, together with a blue identificationcard, entitled the wearer to admission to the Committee-box at the Stadium; to a reserved seat at all the other places where Olympic Competitions were being carried on, and to the northern slope of the Stadium. 

The competitor’s badge, attached to a small yellow cockade, and accompanied by a yellow identification-card, admitted the higher officials and the assistant leaders of the various nations to the Committeebox at the Stadium, and to the northern slope of the Stadium. The other functionaries of the various nations received a competitor’s badge mounted on a blue-and-yellow bow and riband, this entitling them to admission to the northern slope of the Stadium, but not to the competing places other than the Stadium, unless the wearer also possessed an official’s card for the branch of athletics that might be going on at any of the said places.

Those persons acting as “hosts” of the various nations, were given the competitor’s badge attached to a bow in the colours of the respective nations. Together with a blue identification-card, these badges admitted the bearer to all the competitions. The competitor’s badge, which was presented to all the active competitors, gave admission to the northern slope of the Stadium, but not to any other competing ground, unless the bearer of the badge also possessed a competitor’s card for one or other of the competitions carried on at these places.

The journalists present officially at the Games were presented with a special badge in the form of a metal button, with the inscription “Stadion. Pressen”, in gold letters on a blue enamel ground. This badge entitled the wearer to free admission to the Press-box at the Stadium and, if he also possessed a special correspondent’s-card, to the other competing grounds.

(Source document:    Official Report 1912, page 162)

Official Badges:    
C.O.N. Swedish NOC    
Chef de Mission, Special Committee    
Guest, Host    
IOC, CIO    
Official, Assistant    
Official, NOC    
Paricipant, Athlete    
Press, Presse    


1912 olympic games poster
1st  Official Olympic Poster

Design by: Prof. Olle Hjortzberg
Size: 75,5 x 107 cm
Copies: 88.350
Comment: Published in 16 languages
Official Poster and Advertising Stamp 1912

One of the most important measures taken in connection with the work of advertising, was the adoption of an official Poster. After a thorough examination of several sketches sent in, and after having conferred with prominent Swedish artists in the matter, the Swedish Olympic Committee, at a meeting held on the 27 June, 1911, determined to accept the poster by Olle Hjortzberg, of the Royal Academy, which had been sent in to the Committee in 1910, but had afterwards been slightly altered, representing the march of the nations - each athlete with a waving flag - to the common goal of the Olympic Games. Thorsten Schonberg's poster was placed second, this design representing the entrance of a Marathon runner into the festively decorated Stadium, while, as number three, came Axel Törneman's poster, a javelin-thrower, with the Stadium in the background. The poster, the execution of which was confided to A. Börtzell's Printing Co., Stockholm, was in seven colours, the size being cm. 75,5 × 107 cm. A proof was sent by the firm in the middle of October, 1911, after which the chief part of the order was completed during the course of the next three months, but it was found necessary to order additional copies, to satisfy the large demand for the placard received from various quarters. The same step had to be taken with regard to the advertising stamp, the advertising pamphlet and the general programme.

It is to be regretted that, in consequence of various circumstances, the poster was not in readiness earlier than 6 months before the Games as, for advertising purposes, it would have been of advantage to have had a greater amount of time available for its distribution, a task that now had to be performed in a very great hurry. The text was as follows:

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At first, the poster was printed in 8 different editions, each in a different language, but in consequence of the repeated demands made from several other countries, this number had to be doubled, so that it finally appeared with the text in no less than 16 languages, several of which caused no little difficulty to the printers. The total number of copies of each edition, as determined by the orders received from the various countries, were as follows:

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(Source document:   Official report 1912, page 266)


The Sale of Tickets:

Entrance to the Stadium was obtained either by series-tickets, which were sold at the office at Norrmalmstorg; by day-tickets, as they were termed, which could be had at the turnstiles N:os 7 -12 and 21-28 at the Stadium, or else on payment of the necessary sum at the turnstiles N.os 1 -4, 13 - 20 and 29 - 32. There were 32 turnstiles in all, 2 at the entrance, to each section of seats. One ticket seller and one controller were stationed at each turnstile, there thus being 64 such officials.

The Section for the booking of seats, which began its work as early as November, 1911, in the offices of the Central Association, moved on the 1 February, 1912, to 4 Norrmalmstorg, where, until the 15 August of the same year, it occupied a flat of 9 rooms, some of which, however, served as offices for the Reception Committee, the Accommodation Committee, the Inquiry Office, etc.

The preparatory work for the sale ot tickets, which, amongst other things, included a very lively early booking of tickets, was carried out at the offices of the Central Association, under the direction of Mrs. Dagmar Waldner, who had two assistants.

After Mrs. Waldner had transferred her services to the Reception Committee, Mr. Carl Smith was chosen on the 1 February, 1912, as the director ot the section for the booking of tickets. He was assisted by Mr. N. Wennerstrom, as cashier, and a staif of 6 other persons, in addition to a porter. During the period when the Games were going on, however, the number of the staff had to be doubled. Mr. Julius Hoglund acted as controller of the cash-department.

The sale ot series-tickets to the general public commenced on the 18 February, 1912, the hours between 11 a. m. and 1.30 p. m. being reserved for the issue of tickets previously booked, while the hours between 2 p.m. and 4 p. m. were devoted to the sale ot fresh tickets.

ticket olympic games 1912 stockholm
Size:   122 x 68 mm

In order to make it as easy as possible for intending purchasers ot tickets to choose their seats, there was placed in one ot the rooms at Norrmalmstorg a plaster model of the Stadium, drawn accurately to scale, in addition to which, plans of the various sections of the reserved seats could be seen, all necessary information being supplied by members of the staff.

The stream  of  purchasers  proved to  be  quite  as  large  as had been expected,  and there  was  a very lively  demand  for seats the  whole of the  time. Until the Games began, only series-tickets were sold, the prices being £2.15.6, £4.3.0, £5.10.9 and £ 11 . 1 .  for Stadium seats; £1.2.0, £1.12.9 and £ 2 . 15 . 6 tor series-tickets to the Swimming Stadium; 11 for the Fencing Competitions, and £1.7.9 for series-tickets for the Lawn Tennis and Football Competitions. In addition to these, there were also sold single day-tickets or the Horse Riding Competitions on the 16 and 17 July, which cost 5 sh. 6 d., 10/- and £ r.2.2 each, according to the position of the seats.

The demand for tickets for the Stadium, especially, was very great, and the sections of seats first offered for sale were soon all disposed of, fresh sections having then to be offered to the public, although care was taken to reserve the necessary numbers of seats for sale on each day of the Games. The ratio between the above-mentioned reserved seats sold at the various prices proved to be a very good one, the number of tickets disposed of in each class being proportionally the same.

ticket olympic games 1912 stockholm

Size:  113 x 74 mm

ticket olympic games 1912 stockholm
Numbers of visitors:  327.288

Carl Hellberg, Esq., was appointed director of the Finance Office at the Stadium. The preparatory work here consisted of the drawing up of the forms necessary for exercising control over the business done and for statistical purposes. These forms proved to answer their purpose, a fact confirmed by the report sent in by the scrutineer of the figures.  Messrs. H. Juhlin and E. Svensson were chosen to assist Mr. Hellberg in his work. Six lady-assistants, were appointed tor the purpose of counting the money received from the sale of day-tickets at the Stadium and of seeing that it was correct.  The finance-office in queston was opened on the 1 June, 1912, when the great try outs began at the Stadium, the general rehearsal thus obtained being of the very greatest use,not only for the office but also for the attendants etc.

The Finance Office was opened officially for the Games on the 26 June, and was closed at midnight on the 20 July. The work began as a rule, at 7 a. m. and finished at midnight, with intervals for meals.

Full accounts were kept of all the monies received at the Stadium, as well as complete statistics of the number of persons admitted at the different turnstiles, to each ot the various groups of competitions.

The sale of day-tickets tor the Stadium took place each day immediately before the competitions began, in order to avoid speculation, and also that there should be tickets available at almost the very last moment lor sightseers arriving by train or boat.

The day-tickets were of two kinds, one, numbered, to a total of about 3,000, which were to be had at the ticket-selling offices at Norrmalmstorg, and the other unnumbered, there being some 10,000 tickets in this class, which, under the direction of Mr. Carl Hellberg, were sold at the turnstiles admitting to the Stadium. Perfectly satisfactory measures were taken to hinder the purchase of day-tickets for the purpose ol speculating in them, and the most perfect order was always observed by the purchasing public, in spite of the fact that, on those days when very interesting events were to come off, queues were often formed, each numbering several thousand persons. The prices of the day-tickets was from 1 krona to 25 kronor (circa, 1 sh. 1 1/2 d., to £ 1. 7.9: 27 c.-$ 6.70).

The sale and distribution of the official Stadium-programme was confided to the Section for the sale of tickets, which received valuable assistance from the Stockholm boy-scout corps. It should also be mentioned that the sale of a very large proportion of the tickets for the various entertainments given in connection with the Games, was also in the hands of the Section mentioned above.

It is clear, however, that the sale of tickets could not take place exclusively in Stockholm, and considerable numbers of tickets were sold and sent by post, to every part ot the world. Prospectuses with the prices of the tickets and plans of the seats in the Stadium were printed in the languages of most civilized countries, so that the public abroad could easily make suitable arrangements for the purchase of series-tickets for the Glames.

The Committee for Finance was also commissioned to undertake the presentation of complimentary tickets to honoratiores, guests from abroad, etc., both for the solemn opening of the Games and for the whole of the competitions.

(Source document:  Official Report 1912, page 30)



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The Gustaf V. Olympic Medal

H. M. King Gustaf V ordered a medal to be struck in memory of the Olympic Games of Stockholm, 1912, to be worn on the left breast, like the insignia of the Swedish Orders of Knighthood.

H. M. the King has been graciously pleased to present this medal
to the members of the Swedish and foreign Royal families; to the members of the International and the Swedish Olympic Committee; to the official representatives of the various nations; to the members of the special committees; to the leading officials, and to the Swedish prize-winners at the Games
(Source document: Official Report Stockholm 1912, page 164)
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The Challenge Prizes

At the Olympic Games of London, 1908, there were 22 challenge prizes awarded, viz.,
that presented by:

1)  H. M. the King of Greece .......................... for the Marathon Race

2)  M:me G. DE MONTGOMEY ...................Throwing the Discus, best hand

 3)  The GOLD  SILVERSMITHS co...............Wrestling, Heavy Weight
4)  H.R.H., the Prince of Wales .......................100 kilometres Cycle Race

5)  The English Football Association..................Football

6)  The Englisch Fencers...................................Fencing; Team competition with èpèe

7)  The City of Prague ..................................... for Gymnastics, Individual competition

8)  The   HURLINGHAM   CLUB   .............   Polo

9)  Count BRUNETTA  D'USSEAUX............ Rowing,  Eights

10)  Count BRUNETTA  D'USSEAUX............ Swimming,   1,500 metres, free style

11)  Lord WESTBURY ................................... Clay Bird Shooting, Individual competition

12)  The French Government............................. Yacht  Racing,   6  metres'  class.

Of these prizes, those for the 100 kilometres' cycle race and the polo competition could not be awarded at the Olympic Games of Stockholm, the events in question not forming part of the programme of the Fifth Olympiad. For this Olympiad, however, there were instituted 10 new prizes, so that, at the Games of Stockholm, there were awarded no less than 20 challenge prizes.

The newly presented prizes were those given by:

13)  H. M. the King of Sweden ........................... for the Pentathlon competition.

14)  H. M. the Emperor of Russia.........................for the Decathlon competition.

15)  The City of Buda-Pesth ................................for the Fencing; Team competition with sabre

16)  H.   M.   the   Emperor   of   Germany...........for the Military

17)  H.   M.   the Emperor of Austria ...................for the Prize Riding

18)  Count GEZA ANDRASSY .........................for the Prize Jumping, Individual competition

19)  H. M. the King of Italy .................................for the Prize Jumping, Team competition

20) The Swedish  Cavalry  ................................ to that nation whose representatives
                                                                         obtained the best total result in all
                                                                         the Horse Riding competitions

21)  Baron P.  DE COUBERTIN .....................  for the Modern Pentathlon


22)  The Countess  DE CASA MIRANDA.........for the  High Plain Dive for Ladies.

In addition to this, two Sevres vases were presented by the President of the French Republic, and they were afterwards given to the National Association of the Swedish Gymnastic and Athletic Clubs, and the Swedish Central Association for the Promotion of Athletics.

Sévre Vase                                    Sévre Dish

The following regulations respecting the handing over of the challenge prizes were included in the General Rules of the Games:
"Challenge prizes will not be handed over unless the winner and at least two members of the Olympic Committee concerned give a written obligation - signed on a form provided by the Swedish Olympic Committee - to deliver the prize before January Ist, 1916, in an undamaged condition to the Organisation Committee for the next Olympic Games, and to make good any damage to the prize in question."
The wording of the  Guarantee in  question was as  follows:


Mr...................................................................having  won  a  Challenge
Cup for................... the  Olympic  Games of Stockholm, 1912, and the said Challenge Cup having been delivered to us through the Swedish Olympic Committee, we hereby engage, jointly and separately, and in agreement with the regulations of the International Olympic Committee, to deliver the prize in uninjured condition into the hands of the International Olympic Committee or the Organizing Committee for the next Olympiad beffore the first of January, 1916, and tomake good any damage to the said prize that may happen to it during the period, 15th July, 1912, and Ist January, 1916.

........................... Name of Winner
........................... Representatives of the ..................Olympic Committee.

(Source document:  Official Report 1912  page 164 ff)


Marathon  Race

Throwing      the     Discus,  best hand
Fencing, team comp., Ppee
"                    "           Sabre

Gymnastics,    ind.  competition
Prize   Riding
Prize Jumping, ind. comp.
"         "           team cornp
Horse   Riding Comps.
Modern Pentathlon
Rowing,  eights

Clay  Bird  Shooting,   ind. competition
Swimming,   1,500  metres
"                   Ladies' High Diving
Wrestling,    heavy   weight
Yacht Racing, 6-metre class 

   Presented by

H. M.  the   King of Sweden
H. M.  the Emperor of Russia
H. M.  the   King   of Greece

M:me G.   de Montgomery 
The British  Fencers
The City of Buda-Pesth

The Football  Association
The  City of Prague
H. M. the Emperor of Germany 
H. M. the Emperor of Austria
Count Geza Andrassy 
H. M. the King of Italy 
The  Swedish  Cavalry
Baron P.  de Coubertin
Count Brunetta d'Usseaux

Lord Westbury
Count Brunetta d'Usseaux
Countess de Casa Miranda
The Gold & Silversmiths C:o 
The French Government 

  Won by

F.  R.   Bie,  Norway
H. Wieslander,  Sweden
K.  K.  Me   Arthur, South Africa

A.  R.  Taipale,  Finland

Great Britain
G.   A.  Braglia,  Italy
Count C. Bonde, Sweden
Captain J. Cariou, France
G. Lilliehöök,  Sweden
Great Britain

J. R. Graham, United States
G.  Hodgson,  Canada
Greta Johansson, Sweden
U.  Saarela,  Finland
G.  Thube and G.  Fitau, France 



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