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582 A rare London 1908 Olympic Games Polytechnic pass, offering an honorary membership to Olympic competitors between May and August 1908


Robert Mitchell, Director of Education at the Regent Street Polytechnic (forerunner of the University of Westminster), organised the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 1908 Olympic Games including parades of competitors and prizewinners, and displays by the Polytechnic sports clubs. Describing the closing ceremony, the Daily Telegraph remarked: “The indefatigable Polytechnic had arranged yet another gymnastic display, in which their girls took a prominent and graceful part, just as her Majesty [Queen Alexandra] arrived… No better introduction could have been wished to the ceremony which was to follow.”


Visiting athletes from abroad were invited to become honorary Polytechnic members and to use the sports and social facilities at the headquarters building at 309 Regent Street. The Olympic competitors were welcomed to the Poly’s annual garden party and various friendly matches were held between the national teams.


Twenty-seven Polytechnic members were selected for the British Olympic team. Charles Bartlett of the Polytechnic Cycling Club won a gold medal in the 100km, setting a new world record at the same time, with Charles Arthur Denny of the Club taking silver. Polytechnic members won a further four silver and four bronze medals in boxing, cycling and track events.


£200 - 300


585 A rare colour tinted postcard portraying Dorando’s arrival at the Stadium in the marathon at the 1908 London Olympic Games, from which he was subsequently disqualified, published for the Franco- British Exhibition, previously laid down on an album page £30 - 40


583 A London 1908 Olympic Games official programme for the rowing sports at Henley-on-Thames, card covers tied with red, white & blue ribbon


£250 - 350


586 An original photograph of Johnny Hayes the 1908 London Olympic Games marathon gold medallist, seated in the front passenger seat of an automobile, sepia-toned, 4 1/4 by 6 1/2in., in original mount £120 - 160


584 Three London 1908 Olympic Games postcards,


Bobby Kerr the 200m gold medal winner, an aerial view of the Stadium, and the main entrance of the Franco British Exhibition £100 - 150


587 A pair of London 1908 Olympic Games marathon postcards of Johnny Hayes and Pietri Dorando, the Hayes applied with a US Olympic Committee postage stamp that has been signed by Hayes £150 - 250


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