Friday, 30 July 2010

On This Day in London History…

30th July 1948… With just two years to go to the Olympics, we look forward to London’s third Summer Olympiad by looking back to her second – the “Ration Book Games” of 1948.

As we browsed the wonderful bookshops of Cecil Court recently, we found this copy of The Strand magazine from August 1948. The issue was published on the 30th July – the self same day on which the men’s High Jump was taking place at Wembley.

The cover shows Great Britain’s Alan Paterson, a 19-year-old Glaswegian and Britain’s then-record holder. Note, to the left of the illustration, the handkerchief he would tie to the bar to better mark the height he was aiming for. Great Britain’s other representative in the final was the Nigerian Prince Adegboyega Folaranmi Adedoyin.

On the 30th July 1948, 62 years ago today, Adegboyega Folaranmi Adedoyin jumped to 12th place; Paterson finished joint-seventh (clearing 1.90m) with gold claimed by John Winter, a 24-year-old bank clerk from Perth, Western Australia, jumping 1.98.

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