'How to Swim' by Friedrich Eduard Bilz in 1900's

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A Wonderful 250gsm Gloss Art Card A3 Reproduction Poster
10,000-year-old rock paintings of people swimming were found in the Cave of Swimmers near Wadi Sura in southwestern Egypt. These pictures seem to show breaststroke or doggy paddle, although it is also possible that the movements have a ritual meaning unrelated to swimming. An Egyptian clay seal dated between 9000 BC and 4000 BC shows four people who are believed to be swimming a variant of the front crawl. Written references date back to ancient times as early as 2000 BC. Such references occur in works like Gilgamesh, the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Bible. Germanic folklore describes swimming being used successfully in wars against the Romans. In 1539, Nikolaus Wynmann, a German professor of languages, wrote the first swimming book Colymbetes. His purpose was to reduce the dangers of drowning. The book contained a good methodical approach to learning breaststroke and mentioned swimming aids such as air filled cow bladders, reed bundles, and cork belts. Competitive swimming in Britain started around 1830 mostly using breaststroke and was part of the first modern Olympic games in 1896 in Athens. In 1908 the world swimming association Fédération Internationale de Natation known as FINA was formed. 
A3 Size is 42cm x 29cm or in inches it's 16.53" x 11.69"

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