The 1940 Olympics were to have been held in Helsinki, but were cancelled due to the war in Europe. After the war ended, Helsinki was chosen to host the 1952 summer games. These games are notable because it was the first time that the Soviet Union, The People’s Republic of China, and Israel competed. The Republic of China (Taiwan) boycotted the games as a result of the Olympic Committee allowing the People’s Republic to compete. Politics has always been a part of the Olympics, so it seems.
I love how the design of this scarf uses only the Olympic colors of blue, yellow, black, green, and red. Printed on rayon, it shows some of the more colorful and popular Olympic events. I don’t seek out Olympic artifacts, but I had to have this one because of the representation of women athletes – the diver, the gymnast, and the equestrienne.
If you follow my Instagram account you might have seen this photo last week. It was taken at the Charlotte Metrolina flea market/antiques show. There were five or six huge tubs of vintage scarves, all priced at one dollar. I stood with my friend Marge and we plowed through the piles of scarves, looking for treasure. I found it in the form of this scarf and one from Liberty of London. Two dollars very well spent!
I got to talking with the vendor and she told me she bought 20,000 scarves from a vintage seller who was going out of business. There were so many that she had to take them to a cloth baler just so she could get them home. She is now selling them at vintage shows like Metrolina. The best ones start out at $5, and if they don’t sell they go to Metrolina for $1 each. Even better, every month the scarves are different. So if you attend Metrolina or Scott’s in Atlanta, look for the textile woman with the tubs of vintage scarf heaven.