The earliest historical records of athletic competition originate from some of the earliest military records, in which competitions of athleticism and skill were documented. Eventually the Olympics of Ancient Greece were created in order to include athletes from across the entire ancient civilization’s territory, where historians such as Herodotus wrote about the ground-breaking competition. The history of sports was well documented through the centuries, however when photography began being used to do so during the 19th century, everything changed, and sports themselves developed an incredible following. Underwood and Underwood have a long history to covering athletic events, including Olympic games, as they knew the general public’s increased interest would surely mean an increase in profits as well. As can be seen in the files in this section, Underwood and Underwood bought and distributed a great variety of athletic images and continued to do so throughout their existence.
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