Olympic Games - History of Sport
Antiquarian book dealer specializing in
Olympic Games & Sports books,
posters, medals, medallions, badges & collectibles

Olympic Games - Jeux Olympiques - Olympische Spiele
Juegos Olimpicos - Giochi Olimpici

PO Box 732
State College, PA., USA 16804
tel: (814) 321-4018
email: Olympicbks@aol.com


Welcome to my website

Today is NOVEMBER 26, 2023.

I am a retired Health & Physical Education teacher (BS., MAT., Ph.D/abd.) and an Olympic Games and Sport Historian.
My services as an independent researcher, writer & consultant are available for short or long term contracts for up to one year. I also provide appraisals in this field for books, posters and memorabilia. For students I provide proof-reading and editing for master's theses and doctoral dissertations.

Harvey Abrams-Books is my Antiquarian book business founded in 1979 while I was a Ph.D. student at Penn State University.
My website first appeared online in 1996 and has gone through several versions at different hosting sites.

In March 2020 I traveled to Europe and arrived on the day that all airports shut down, COVID kept me in Austria for 2.5 years,
so I am dreadfully behind schedule and I am still trying to "catch up.".

I am the founder and President of the International Institute for Sport History (IISOH) Library & Museum
being developed in Pennsylvania. This non-profit corporation seeks to build a comprehensive collection of sports literature
in order to preserve for posterity the history of all sports, in all languages, from ancient to modern eras.
My antiquarian book business will remain open, and separate, from the IISOH at the request of the Board of Directors.

I split my time between central Pennsylvania and Vienna, Austria.

This entire website is being rebuilt and is NOT up-to-date yet, sorry!
My focus has been on building the website at www.sportlibrary.org, and
due to the COVID-19 pandemic I was stuck outside of the USA for 2.5 years.

Limited inventory is available for sale now but cannot be shipped until DECEMBER, 2023.
The expansion of my inventory and sales that were planned for late 2020
have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic until 2024.

UPDATE: NOVEMBER 26, 2023: I am in the USA and can communicate via email. This website is out-of-date, sorry. I am slowly re-building this frontpage. Sale items are at the TOP PART of the page. Most linked pages at the bottom are not up-to-date.

Harvey Abrams, BS, MAT, Ph.d/abd
Olympic & Sport Historian


$475.00 per set
BLACK FRIDAY SALE, NOVEMBER 26-27-28, 2023: Take 20% off and pay just $380.00 for the first set, and $299.00 for the 2nd set, free shipping in the USA only. Payment by 22:00 (EST) TUESDAY, November 28, 2023. Buy a 2nd set for just $299.00

These Official Reports make wonderful gifts for friends, organizations, libraries and businesses. Order early for guaranteed holiday delivery.

Free shipping in the USA


Barcelona Olympic Games
Official Report

Available in
ENGLISH edition
SPANISH edition

Memoria Oficial de los Juegos
de la XXV Olimpiada Barcelona 1992


Large, heavy books, inside slipcases
4 volumes, 1776 pp.

32 pounds shipping weight.
Price: $475

See more about this English language edition)

See more about this Spanish language edition


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Posters & Books

GYMNASTICS: The Art of Sport
by Eileen Langsley

see also....

1972 Munich Olympic Gymnastics poster

1972 Munich Olympic Games Art Series POSTER

Limited edition
Series #2 (edition of 2,000/4,000)

$6,000.00 postpaid worldwide

BLACK FRIDAY SALE, NOVEMBER 26-27-28, 2023: Take 20% off and pay just $4800.00 with free shipping worldwide. Payment by 22:00 (EST) TUESDAY, November 28, 2023.

Available now, shipping within 24 hours of payment.

Original Vintage Poster

1964 TOKYO OLYMPIAD film poster

Kon Ichikawa

Spanish language version

Rare. I have only seen this twice since 1979.
Condition: Very good. Originally this poster was folded so there are creases,
some minor wear with some holes at the folded sections.
Stored flat, shipped rolled in a tube.

Read a nice article about the film itself here.
The link takes you to another website called "The Conversation"
and is not affiliated with Harvey Abrams-BOOKS.

$1,250.00 postpaid worldwide

Available now, shipping within 24 hours of payment.



I have four (4) pages devoted to the POSTERS
of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games

Olympia 1

My History Page for the 1972 Munich
posters that are officially known as:


Olympia 2

1972 Munich Olympic

Olympia 3

1972 Munich Olympic

Olympia 4

1972 Munich Artist series

The sections below are being removed, rebuilt, corrected
as needed... September-October-November, 2023>


Sport in Art Poster Series

Sponsored by the IISOH

This is a public service for the IISOH.

The IISOH is a non-profit corporation.

The poster is designed to promote
As a generic gymnastics poster it promotes
the sport of Gymnastics worldwide
in ten (10) languages.

Visit the IISOH website here.

See GYMNASTICS POSTER details here.

International Olympic Academy
20 - 40 - 60

Founded in 1961
20th Anniversary 1981
40th Anniversary since 1981
60th Anniversary 2021

In 1981 I was a member of the USA delegation to the International Olympic Academy in Greece.

It was the 20th Anniversary of the IOA which was founded in 1961. It was the first Olympic function following the 1980 Moscow Games, thus it was a diplomatic nightmare because the USA had led a boycott of those Games. It was the year that CHARIOTS OF FIRE, a movie about the 1924 Olympic Games, won an Academy Award as "Best Film."

My family, cousins/relatives that owned a Department Store chain in New England, donated complete sets of uniforms for our delegation. However the parcels were delivered by an employee to the wrong airport in New York. Our delegation flew from Kennedy Airport to Athens but the uniforms were delivered to LaGuardia Airport, lol. Even though the uniforms made it on the next flight to Athens the Greek Customs Officers refused to give them to me because I did not have a receipt. Those uniforms are still sitting in some warehouse in Athens.

I have created several pages to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1981 IOA, the year I attended, which would be the 60th Anniversary (hence "20-40-60"). I am gathering our history from as many sources as possible and list the USA delegation (6 people) as well as all the participants at the Academy in 1981. Go here for the IOA pages.

Original, Vintage
1972 Munich Olympic Sports posters

Used in Airports, train stations, etc.
PRICE: $375.00 each, postpaid.

Free shipping worldwide via media rate

Otl Aicher was the head designer

Mr. Harvey Abrams, President
International Institute for Sport History
Library & Museum
PO Box 732
State College, PA. 16804

Sport in Art Poster Series
NOC Directory
Olympic History Pages

  • 1928 Amsterdam
  • 1932 Lake Placid
  • 1936 Berlin & Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • 1940 Helsinki

    Olympic Games & Sport History Pages
    Written by Harvey Abrams, BS, MAT, Ph.d/abd,
    Physical & Health Educator, Olympic & Sport Historian.

    These pages are designed to offer basic information on the
    history and origins of the Olympic Games, ancient and modern,
    with lots of links to other sites. An educational service
    in order to promote the Olympic Idea.
    These educational pages have been relocated to the IISOH
    where they will be permanently hosted.
    See these pages here....


    International Institute for Sport and Olympic History

    has changed its name to the

    International Institute for Sport History

    effective November 8, 2011

    The IISOH is a Pennsylvania non-profit educational, literary and research corporation under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The IISOH was organized to operate a Library and Museum for the History of Sport, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, Sport in Art and the Olympic Games.

    The IISOH website was hosted here from 2001 to 2009 as a public service and has moved to its own website at


    As a public service we post here an ACKNOWLEDGEMENT page for the donors who have supported the IISOH.
  • Acknowledgement


    Buying & Selling
    Consignment sales
    Appraisal service
    Research, writing & consulting

    Olympic Specials - Books, films, etc.
    Current sales list


    Current Sales Page: GO HERE!
    Olympic Games posters, Olympic films; Olympic books

    Munich 1972 Olympics book
    The Olympics of 1972: A Munich Diary
    by Richard Mandell.
    He was a guest of the German Olympic Committee and
    this is his personal observation, from an insider's view.
    University of North Carolina Press.
    1st edition with dust jacket -- not a reprint.

    Want to place an order?

    email: Olympicbks@aol.com

    Ask a question, place an order, inquire about catalogs or consignments.

    Catalog Sales, Private Treaty sales & Auctions
    Catalog Schedule & Subscriptions

    Consignments of Olympic Games material are accepted, such as books, posters, medals and unique collectibles. We do not accept Olympic pins on consignment unless offered as a large collection to be sold in lots. Sports literature is welcome on almost all sport subjects. Books in all other subject areas are welcome only as a large collection to be liquidated (such as physics, history, art, science, etc).
    Central High School
    of Philadelphia, PA

    Class 226
    Web page hosted by Harvey Abrams

    The 50th anniversary reunion of the 226 took place in 2017. Gee, we are getting old! See the link to the CLASS DIRECTORY and the links to individual pages for each class member.

    226 Class Directory listing almost 500 classmates



    50 Years
    International Amateur Boxing Association

    Volker Kluge, editor-in-chief.
    Berlin: International Amateur Boxing Association, 1996.
    192 pp., plus 16 pp. unpaginated Appendix with statistics.
    ISBN: 3-00-000314-2

    50th Anniversary of the International Boxing Association (Federation) row 10, column 3 -
    look for something to be added here.

    Contact - Kontakt

    Mr. Harvey Abrams
    Specializing in History of Sport and the Olympic Games since 1979
    P.O. Box 732
    State College, PA, USA 16804

    email: Olympicbks@aol.com

    home page: https://www.harveyabramsbooks.com

    The International Institute for Sport History (IISOH)
    has moved to its own website at

    We also have a very nice site being re-built at www.iisoh.org

    Host to the Central High School of Philadelphia
    Class 226 web pages

    Latest updates November 26, 2023

    I will be rebuilding and updating all of the pages on this web site in the Winter months of 2023-24.
    It is VERY slow and time consuming - water freezes in the dessert faster than I can write computer code, lol.
    Please send me the url of broken links!
    My focus is on www.sportlibrary.org and developing the IISOH endowment.

    Harvey Abrams (BS, MAT, Ph.D/abd in Physical Education)
    Educator in Health & Physical Education
    Director of Sport & Student Activities, JFK School, West Berlin, Germany (1982-1987)
    Retired wrestler, wrestling coach, FILA referee
    Personal Defense Instructor
    Olympic Games & Sport Historian
    Independent Scholar, researcher, writer, consultant
    Antiquarian bookdealer, appraiser
    Graphic designer, photographer
    US Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Trials 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984
    International Olympic Academy (IOA) 1981, representing the USA
    Founder, Philadelphia Amateur Wrestling Club (PAWC, 1973)
    Founder, HARVEY ABRAMS-BOOKS (1979)
    Founder, International Institute for Sport History (IISOH, 2001)
    Central HS of Philadelphia (BA degree, 1967 - the "226")
    Penn State University (BS, 1971)
    Southeast Missouri State University (MAT, 1972-1973/1979)
    Concordia University;
    Boson Sports College, Stockholm, Sweden;
    University of Jyvaskyla, Finland;
    University of Augsburg, Munich, Germany
    Penn State University (Ph.D/abd)

    LINKS - IISOH Library & Museum
    A Pennsylvania Non-profit corporation

    International Institute for Sport History
    Articles of Incorporation
    IISOH Bylaws
    Board of Directors
    Mission Statement
    Charter Membership Program & Donations
    Donor Acknowledgement - A Public "thank you"
    Endowment Program
    Subject list of endowments
    Sports Philanthropy
    Internship & Volunteer opportunities


    Olympic Games & Sports related pages:
    Current Sales List
    1972 Munich Olympic Posters: ART SERIES & VENUE POSTERS
    Harvey Abrams-BOOKS: Buying, Consignments, Appraisals
    Gymnastics books & posters
    Wrestling Poster 1001
    AIBA Fascination Boxing; 50 Years AIBA
    World's Fairs & Expositions:
    Catalog 11 - Expositions & World Fairs
    Book Trade Directories:
    Sheppard's Book Dealer Directories

    LINK: Central High School of Philadelphia -- 226th class (1967)

    CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL of Philadelphia, PA
    Class 226 -- Main Page

    226 Class Directory listing almost 500 classmates

    Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023 Harvey Abrams. All rights reserved. No part of this text on any of these pages may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage or retrieval system, without the expressed written permission of the author. Or the wrath of Zeus will be upon you.

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