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Gymnastic Collection

"Gymnastic: A Celebration of Strength, Unity, and Patriotism" From the vibrant streets of Belgrade to the historic city of Prague

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Yugoslavia - Sokol Rally in Belgrade

Yugoslavia - Sokol Rally in Belgrade
A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Czech Republic - 10th All Sokol Rally in Prague 1938

Czech Republic - 10th All Sokol Rally in Prague 1938
A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Czech Republic - 9th All Sokol Rally in Prague 1932

Czech Republic - 9th All Sokol Rally in Prague 1932
9th All Sokol Rally in Prague 1932. A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Czech Republic - Sokol Rally in Prague 1920s

Czech Republic - Sokol Rally in Prague 1920s
A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Czech Republic - Sokol Rally in Prague 1929

Czech Republic - Sokol Rally in Prague 1929
A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Czech Republic - 6th All Sokol Rally in Prague

Czech Republic - 6th All Sokol Rally in Prague
A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Czech Republic - 8th All Sokol Rally in Prague

Czech Republic - 8th All Sokol Rally in Prague
8th All Sokol Rally in Prague. A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: V for Victory Exercise

V for Victory Exercise
Doing the V for Victory gymnastic, keeping fit by stretching in a V shape! Woman women fitness

Background imageGymnastic Collection: God Save the King in living letters on HMS Terrible

God Save the King in living letters on HMS Terrible
An impressive living display formed by the crew (dressed in white) of H.M.S. Terrible in honour of the Coronation of King Edward VII in 1902. It was organised by Captain Percy Scott R.N

Background imageGymnastic Collection: interest

interest
Alexandr

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Tossing the caber at the International Gymnastic Festival, Stockholm, Sweden (engraving)

Tossing the caber at the International Gymnastic Festival, Stockholm, Sweden (engraving)
8631285 Tossing the caber at the International Gymnastic Festival, Stockholm, Sweden (engraving) by Bogle, William Lockhart (1857-1900); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Frauenturnen / Women's Gymnastics (colour litho)

Frauenturnen / Women's Gymnastics (colour litho)
8666323 Frauenturnen / Women's Gymnastics (colour litho) by German School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Frauenturnen)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Letter Y: Gymnastics

Letter Y: Gymnastics
DUV4216976 Letter Y: Gymnastics; 31x24 cm; (add.info.: I can read (Methodic and fun alphabet by a dad) - abecedary comprising a reading method and an illustrious alphabet); Photo © Duvallon

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Letter D: Big drum and soldier one to the other soda make a great D, 1861 (engraving)

Letter D: Big drum and soldier one to the other soda make a great D, 1861 (engraving)
DUV4214981 Letter D: Big drum and soldier one to the other soda make a great D, 1861 (engraving); (add.info.: "ABC Trim, Alphabet enchante" Texts of "Trim")

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Letter X: Little boy making the wheel, a real phenix: an X, 1861 (engraving)

Letter X: Little boy making the wheel, a real phenix: an X, 1861 (engraving)
DUV4214808 Letter X: Little boy making the wheel, a real phenix: an X, 1861 (engraving); (add.info.: "ABC Trim, Alphabet enchante" Texts of "Trim")

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Letter X and Y: Little boy making the wheel, a real phenix: an X. Forked trunk, horned goat

Letter X and Y: Little boy making the wheel, a real phenix: an X. Forked trunk, horned goat
DUV4214797 Letter X and Y: Little boy making the wheel, a real phenix: an X. Forked trunk, horned goat, candlesticks with two beaks: big and small Y, 1861 (engraving); (add.info.: "ABC Trim)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Plan of an ancient Greek gymnasium (engraving)

Plan of an ancient Greek gymnasium (engraving)
8635055 Plan of an ancient Greek gymnasium (engraving) by German School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Plan of an ancient Greek gymnasium. Illustration from Hellas)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Gymnastic display at the Royal Aquarium (engraving)

Gymnastic display at the Royal Aquarium (engraving)
8631315 Gymnastic display at the Royal Aquarium (engraving) by Ward, Enoch (1859-1922); Private Collection; (add.info.: Gymnastic display at the Royal Aquarium by Zaeo, the trapeze artist)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: In the West African gymnasium (engraving)

In the West African gymnasium (engraving)
8672781 In the West African gymnasium (engraving) by German School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: In the West African gymnasium)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Festival of Youth, Wembley, 1937 (b/w photo)

Festival of Youth, Wembley, 1937 (b/w photo)
8635909 Festival of Youth, Wembley, 1937 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Festival of Youth, Wembley, London, 1937)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Johann Friedrich Jahn, German gymnastics instructor (colour litho)

Johann Friedrich Jahn, German gymnastics instructor (colour litho)
8655456 Johann Friedrich Jahn, German gymnastics instructor (colour litho) by Engelbach, Georg Ludwig Engelbach (1817-1894); Private Collection; (add.info.: Johann Friedrich Jahn (1778-1852)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Tanzstunde / Dancing Lesson (colour litho)

Tanzstunde / Dancing Lesson (colour litho)
8666185 Tanzstunde / Dancing Lesson (colour litho) by Christophe (Colomb, Georges) (1856-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: Tanzstunde)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Boy on the horizontal bar in the gym (colour litho)

Boy on the horizontal bar in the gym (colour litho)
8635897 Boy on the horizontal bar in the gym (colour litho) by Thiele, Carl Robert Arthur (1860-1936); Private Collection; (add.info.: Boy on the horizontal bar in the gym)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Letter D: Big drum and soldier one to the other soda make a great D, 1861 (engraving)

Letter D: Big drum and soldier one to the other soda make a great D, 1861 (engraving)
DUV4214988 Letter D: Big drum and soldier one to the other soda make a great D, 1861 (engraving); (add.info.: "ABC Trim, Alphabet enchante" Texts of "Trim")

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Rossall School: The pile-up on the horse (b/w photo)

Rossall School: The pile-up on the horse (b/w photo)
8648349 Rossall School: The pile-up on the horse (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The pile-up on the horse)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Receipt from Heath & George English Gymnastic Works, London, 1893 (litho)

Receipt from Heath & George English Gymnastic Works, London, 1893 (litho)
8677593 Receipt from Heath & George English Gymnastic Works, London, 1893 (litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Miroslav Tyrs, 1933 (photo)

Miroslav Tyrs, 1933 (photo)
2636307 Miroslav Tyrs, 1933 (photo); Private Collection; (add.info.: History. Czech Republic. Miroslav Tyrs, founder of the Sokol youth movement. Photo, Czechoslovakia, 1933.); Photo © CCI

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Loulou in the sky

Loulou in the sky
Gabrielle Halperin

Background imageGymnastic Collection: the flying car

the flying car
Gabrielle Halperin

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Moment

Moment
Khaleel Nadoum

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Finnish Gymnasts

Finnish Gymnasts
A team of female gymnasts from Finland, touring the UK with a gymnastic display. Date: 1933

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Forerunner of a gym treadmill or running machine

Forerunner of a gym treadmill or running machine
Gymnastic mill - forerunner of a gym treadmill or running machine Date: 1893

Background imageGymnastic Collection: 3671812

3671812

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Seal ring showing bull-leaping scene, -75 BC (gold)

Seal ring showing bull-leaping scene, -75 BC (gold)
7309975 Seal ring showing bull-leaping scene, -75 BC (gold) by Minoan; 2.3x3.5 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK; (add.info.: Display: gold, Material: gold); © Ashmolean Museum

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Gymnasium, Columbia University, New York, 1904 (b / w photo)

Gymnasium, Columbia University, New York, 1904 (b / w photo)
1699647 Gymnasium, Columbia University, New York, 1904 (b/w photo) by American Photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: gymnasium at Columbia university in New York : woman at sports 1904)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Cover of issue of Womans Beauty and Health magazine, 1913 (colour litho)

Cover of issue of Womans Beauty and Health magazine, 1913 (colour litho)
5998577 Cover of issue of Womans Beauty and Health magazine, 1913 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Home Exercises, 10, For Developing Muscles of Chest, Shoulders, Abdomen, and Arms (colour litho)

Home Exercises, 10, For Developing Muscles of Chest, Shoulders, Abdomen, and Arms (colour litho)
7178635 Home Exercises, 10, For Developing Muscles of Chest, Shoulders, Abdomen, and Arms (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Home Exercises, 10)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Ring Exercises, 6, The Backward Plant (colour litho)

Ring Exercises, 6, The Backward Plant (colour litho)
7178674 Ring Exercises, 6, The Backward Plant (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ring Exercises, 6, The Backward Plant)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Ring Exercises, 4, Turning with Feet in Rings (colour litho)

Ring Exercises, 4, Turning with Feet in Rings (colour litho)
7178672 Ring Exercises, 4, Turning with Feet in Rings (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ring Exercises, 4, Turning with Feet in Rings)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Ring Exercises, 3, Circling through between Rings (colour litho)

Ring Exercises, 3, Circling through between Rings (colour litho)
7178671 Ring Exercises, 3, Circling through between Rings (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ring Exercises, 3, Circling through between Rings)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Horizontal Bar Exercises, 1 (colour litho)

Horizontal Bar Exercises, 1 (colour litho)
7178660 Horizontal Bar Exercises, 1 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Horizontal Bar Exercises, 1)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: The regeneration of man through gymnastics, 1865 (engraving)

The regeneration of man through gymnastics, 1865 (engraving)
7211622 The regeneration of man through gymnastics, 1865 (engraving) by Daumier, Honore (1808-79); (add.info.: The regeneration of man through gymnastics)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Horizontal Bar Exercises, 2, The Back Lift (colour litho)

Horizontal Bar Exercises, 2, The Back Lift (colour litho)
7178661 Horizontal Bar Exercises, 2, The Back Lift (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Horizontal Bar Exercises, 2, The Back Lift)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Ring Exercises, 2, Extending Arms Right and Left (colour litho)

Ring Exercises, 2, Extending Arms Right and Left (colour litho)
7178670 Ring Exercises, 2, Extending Arms Right and Left (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ring Exercises, 2, Extending Arms Right and Left)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Parallel Bar Exercises, 1 (colour litho)

Parallel Bar Exercises, 1 (colour litho)
7178664 Parallel Bar Exercises, 1 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Parallel Bar Exercises, 1)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Dumb-bell Exercises, 3, For Developing Muscles of Arms, Shoulders, etc (colour litho)

Dumb-bell Exercises, 3, For Developing Muscles of Arms, Shoulders, etc (colour litho)
7178645 Dumb-bell Exercises, 3, For Developing Muscles of Arms, Shoulders, etc (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Dumb-bell Exercises, 3)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Isle of Man: Ramsey Grammar School (b / w photo)

Isle of Man: Ramsey Grammar School (b / w photo)
7178104 Isle of Man: Ramsey Grammar School (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ramsey Grammar School)

Background imageGymnastic Collection: Harry Mason and Lily Bart, comedy gymnasts (colour litho)

Harry Mason and Lily Bart, comedy gymnasts (colour litho)
7200582 Harry Mason and Lily Bart, comedy gymnasts (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Harry Mason and Lily Bart, comedy gymnasts)



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"Gymnastic: A Celebration of Strength, Unity, and Patriotism" From the vibrant streets of Belgrade to the historic city of Prague, gymnastics has long been a symbol of national pride and unity. In Yugoslavia, the Sokol Rally in Belgrade brought together athletes from all walks of life, showcasing their incredible skills and dedication to this timeless sport. Meanwhile, in Czechoslovakia during 1938's 10th All Sokol Rally in Prague, gymnasts gathered under the watchful eye of God Save the King displayed proudly on HMS Terrible. The event was a testament to their unwavering loyalty and commitment to physical excellence. The Czech Republic continued its rich gymnastic tradition with numerous rallies throughout the years. In the 1920s and 1929s, Sokol Rallies in Prague captivated audiences with breathtaking displays of strength and agility. These events served as a platform for athletes to showcase their talents while fostering a sense of camaraderie among participants. The spirit of competition reached new heights during the 6th All Sokol Rally in Prague. Gymnasts pushed themselves beyond limits, demonstrating unparalleled determination that left spectators awestruck by their gracefulness and precision. Notably, Finnish gymnasts also made their mark on this captivating world stage. Their performances were marked by an undeniable V for Victory exercise that showcased both athleticism and national pride. As time went on, Czechoslovakia hosted more remarkable gatherings such as the 8th All Sokol Rally in Prague where athletes once again amazed crowds with their extraordinary abilities. This event further solidified gymnastics' place within Czech culture as it continued to inspire generations after generations. Finally, history repeated itself at the unforgettable 9th All Sokol Rally in Prague held twice during 1932 - an occasion that will forever be etched into memory due to its sheer grandeur and spectacle. Gymnastics is more than just a sport.