POSTER STAMPS AND LABELS OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES

      INTRODUCTION

      STATISTICS

      UNSOLVED MYSTERIES

        SUMMER GAMES
1894 - Modern Games Founded
1896 - I Olympiad - Athens
1900 - II Olympiad - Paris
      - Vignettes of the 1900 Paris Expo
1904 - III Olympiad - St. Louis
1906 - Intercalated Games - Athens
1908 - IV Olympiad - London
1912 - V Olympiad - Stockholm
1913 - Berlin prepares for 1916 games
1914 - 20th Anniversary of Rebirth of Games
1916 - VI Olympiad - Berlin
1920 - VII Olympiad - Antwerp
1924 - VIII Olympiad - Paris
      - Post Cards
1928 - IX Olympiad - Amsterdam
1932 - X Olympiad - Los Angeles
1936 - XI Olympiad - Berlin
1940 - XII Olympiad - Tokyo
      - XII Olympiad - Helsinki
      - New Zealand Centennial Games
1944 - XIII Olympiad - London
      - German POW Games
1948 - XIV Olympiad - London
1952 - XV Olympiad - Helsinki
1956 - XVI Olympiad - Melbourne
      - XVI Olympiad - Stockholm
1960 - XVII Olympiad - Rome

1904 - III Olympiad - St. Louis

Unofficial posters for the 1904 Olympic Games in St Louis

The 1904 Games were once again overshadowed by the event accompanying them -
in this case, the 1904 World's Fair in St Louis
(yes, it's the fair in the delightful movie "Meet me In St Louis"!)

According to Wikipedia:

The Fair hosted the 1904 Summer Olympic Games, the first Olympics held in the United States. These games had originally been awarded to Chicago, but when St. Louis threatened to hold a rival international competition, the games were relocated. Nonetheless, the sporting events, spread out over several months, were overshadowed by the Fair. With travel expenses high, many European athletes did not come, nor did modern Olympics founder Baron Pierre de Coubertin.

Tensions caused by the Russo-Japanese War and the difficulty of getting to St. Louis in 1904 may have contributed to the fact that very few top ranked athletes from outside the US and Canada took part in these Games. Only 62 of the 651 athletes who competed came from outside North America, and only 12-15 nations were represented in all. Some events combined the U.S. national championship with the Olympic championship.

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There were no poster stamps or labels created for the 1904 Olympic Games - at least none has surfaced to date. There WERE, however, poster stamps for the World's Fair - the Louisiana Purchase Exposition - though far fewer than for similar European events of that era - Americans never embraced the concept as enthusiastically as the Germans, or even the French.


Official advance publicity label for the Expo.


These were the "Official poster stamps" for the 1904 World's Fair,
produced in five colors - blue, orange, green, violet, and brown.

12/16/18 - Alvaro Trucchi, Italian collector of Olympic vignettes, sent these two images of some of the other poster stamps created for the 1904 Games.

 

Those are nice, but compare that meager showing with the mountain of labels created for the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris!
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There were no postage stamps created for the 1904 Games, but there WAS a set of five issued for the Fair - Scott US 323-327.


"The 5 commemorative stamps celebrating the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair and centennial of the Louisiana Purchase were sold only during the seven months of the fair, and consequently are relatively scarce today."

JUST TO PROVE there really WERE Games in 1904, below is an image of the medal each participant received.

Participation Medals are given to all athletes and officials who participate in the Olympics.
These medals have been a part of the games since the first modern Olympics in 1896 and continue to this day.

The 1894 medal is one of the rarest of Olympic medals, and though it's made of copper, it's worth much more than its weight in gold!


Again in 1904, there was no official poster. The one shown at the top of this page was created many years later, when collectors demanded one. It was based on a program for the World's Fair.


There were no winter games in 1904.

And now for something completely different:

I found the following poster stamp image somewhere on the www, and thought "Hey, maybe it's related to the Olympics!"

I read the text thus: "Lest we forget the jerseys won at the St. Louis Exposition." It must be referring to jersey shirts awarded to winners of events of the Games, right? That part at the bottom, about economic production seemed a bit odd, but then it went on "against all competitors." Had to be about sports.

But then I googled the text and found the article below, from "The Jersey Bulletin and Dairy World."

Oh.

The complete set.

      SOLVED MYSTERIES!

      STILL MISSING

      ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

      UPDATE HISTORY

       SUMMER GAMES
1964 - XVIII Olympiad - Tokyo
1968 - XIX Olympiad - Mexico City
1972 - XX Olympiad - Munich

       WINTER GAMES
1924 - I Winter Games - Chamonix
1928 - II Winter Games - St Moritz
1932 - III Winter Games - Lake Placid
1936 - IV Winter Games - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
1940 - V Winter Games - Sapporo
      - V Winter Games - St Moritz
      - V Winter Games - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
1944 - V Winter Games - Cortina d'Ampezzo
1948 - V Winter Games - St Moritz
1952 - VI Winter Games - Oslo
1956 - VII Winter Games - Cortina d'Ampezzo
1960 - VIII Winter Games - Squaw Valley
1964 - IX Winter Games - Innsbruck
1968 - X Winter Games - Grenoble
1972 - XI Winter Games - Sapporo

       OTHER TOPICS
      - U.S. OLYMPIC SHIELD DECALS
      - Workers' Olympics


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