The first summer olympic games after WWII were hosted by London in 1948 and the next ones by Helsinki, in 1952.
Helsinki had built the Olympic Stadium already in 1938, ahead of the 1940 Olympic games, which Finland was supposed to host. But in 1940 a very different type of competition was on-going in the world… so the 1940 Olympics were cancelled.
This year London is hosting the summer Olympics and Helsinki remembers the 1952 ones.
A couple of weeks ago, as the London Olympics had just been opened, we went to the Olympic Stadium for a couple of pictures. I was wearing a cotton skirt, purchased in June from the vintage market at the Rockabilly Rave, a white top, from Mamie vintage shop in Paris, brown wedges (I have owned these for twenty years and must have bought them in Paris), a brown belt (from ebay) and a box purse (from the Viva Las Vegas Car show in 2010). I also had bakelite bangles, from the US and from Tamara and Cyril’s vintage stall at the Rockabilly Rave and yellow bakelite loop earrings (from the US).