|Posters, Marks, and Seals
Together with the publishing of the " Olympic News," the designing of
posters, marks, and seals was considered to be the important work of the
Publicity Section. With the co-operation of the Union Japonaise des Artes
et des Sports, it was decided that various designs for the posters, marks,
and seals be chosen by conducting prize contests.
The designs submitted totalled 102,113 and the winner of the first prize
chosen as the result of the final decision on July 5th was Mr. Taiji Hiromoto.
The winning design was selected to be the Official Olympic mark.
In response to the first notification of the contest for Olympic posters,
1,211 copies were submitted and the second notification brought 781, making
a total of 1,992 different posters. After careful and selective judgement,
the following artists were considered the winners:
1st Prize Norio Kuroda
Due to minor opposition to the first selected poster design, the Publicity
Section requested Mr. Sanzo Wada to draw a design for the poster of the
XIIth Olympic Games and Mr. Usaburo Ihara to design the poster for the
Winter Games. The official seals and marks, letter heads, envelopes, and
flags were registered at the patent office for the exclusive use of the
Olympic Organizing Committee.
(Source document: Official
Report 1940, page 115)