POSTER STAMPS AND LABELS OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES

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1894 - Modern Games Founded
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1900 - II Olympiad - Paris
1904 - III Olympiad - St. Louis
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1908 - IV Olympiad - London
1912 - V Olympiad - Stockholm
1913 - Berlin prepares for 1916 games
1914 - 20th Anniversary of Rebirth of Games
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1932 - X Olympiad - Los Angeles
1936 - XI Olympiad - Berlin
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1944 - XIII Olympiad - London
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1948 - XIV Olympiad - London

1913 - Berlin prepares for 1916 games


Postcards showing dedication of Olympic Stadium in Berlin, 1913.

Berlin had been awarded the 1916 Games, and Imperial Germany wanted to make them a spectacle surpassing all previous Games. A huge stadium was built in Berlin, and its opening in 1913 was celebrated with a great festival - that year was also the 25-year Jubilee of the reign of Kaiser Wilhelm II, who presided over the dedication of the facility.

The following poster stamps were issued for the occasion:

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DuBois listing:

Several labels were issued on the occasion of the stadium consecration at BERLIN - GRUNEWALD on Jun 8, 1913. It had been anticipated that the Olympic Games scheduled for "1916 Berlin" would have been held in that Stadium (located in the Grunewald Forest area of today's West Berlin). Alas, the performance of the 1916 Games became a casualty of WWI.


#1913-1 and 2

1. "Stadion-Weihe durch Se. Maj. Wilhelm II. 8. Juni 1913" in black text, in a panel across bottom of label. (Stadium-Consecration by His Majesty Wilhelm II June 8, 1913) Vignette: runners in a straight section of the stadium's track; spectators are in the stands, on the right, and at the green-grass section, on the left. 54x35.5mm, perf 1l.5, multicolored vignette; a black, decorative border surrounds the vignette and text panel.

2. Same as 1 but different vignette: a parade marching into the stadium via the main entrance; stands around entrance are crowded with spectators.

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1952 - XV Olympiad - Helsinki
1956 - XVI Olympiad - Melbourne
      - XVI Olympiad - Stockholm
1960 - XVII Olympiad - Rome
1964 - XVIII Olympiad - Tokyo

       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

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More poster stamps issued in commemoration of the occasion below.



#1913-3 thru 8

DuBois listing:

Various publicity labels in black-white for the consecration of the GERMAN STADIUM in BERLIN - GRUNEWALD on June 8, 1913, by His Majesty Wilhelm II. They have the same format, including the decorative border, as label nos. 1 & 2, except for change in image and text.

Nos. 3,4,5,6,7 & 8. "Deutsches Stadion / Einweihung am 8. Juni 1913" in panel below six different stadium scenes (German Stadium/Consecration on June 8, 1913)

There seem to be several different color schemes in the examples above - this could be just an effect of age. If anyone knows the official colors, please email me.


Intact sheetlet of #1913-3 thru 8


#1913-9 thru 17

DuBois listing:

Official labels, in several colors, issued on the occasion of the Stadium Consecration in Berlin - Grunewald, June 8, 1913.

Labels 9 thru 17 all have the same format. The texts are below the vignette portion of each label: "Offizielle Marke der Stadion-Weihe 8. Juni 1913".

Vignette(s): a stadium scene with an athlete on each side of the vignette- text area. The athletes are listed below:

9. Hockey player, on left, & football player, on right
10. Female swimmer, on left, and male swimmer, on right
11. Runners, one on left & one on right
12. Gymnasts, one on left & one on right
13. Cyclists, one on left & one on right
14. Female swimmer, on left, and male swimmer, on right
15. Hockey player, on left, & football player, on right
16. Gymnasts, one on left & one on right
17. Runners, one on left & one on right

The stadium scene of nos. 9 & 15 is oval-shaped, the other central pictures are horizontal rectangles.

Color images of 1913-9 thru 17:


Intact sheetlet in blue


Complete set in green


Two more frame colors: Orange and blue-grey(?).



#1913-18

DuBois listing:

18. "DEUTSCHES STADION WEIHE 8. Juni 1913 BERLIN GRUNEWALD" at upper part of label. (German Stadium Consecration on June 8, 1913 Berlin Grunewald) Vignette: an athlete wearing a black robe with a red, black, & white-striped sash down the front; he holds a staff in his left hand; stadium is in lower background. 47x35.5mm, perf 11.5, multicolored .... $15.00


#1913-19

DuBois listing:

19. "DEUTSCHES STADION BERLIN GRUNEWALD" above. (German Stadium Berlin Grunewald) Vignette: very similar to that of No. 18 but appears to be a different artist's rendering of the same picture. 48x31 mm, perf 11.5, lighter coloring than No. 18 ... $15.00

 
#1913-20 and two varieties
59x43.5mm

DuBois listing:

20. "Berliner Sport Club" at upper right; "Deutsches Stadion Internationale Olympische Wettkampfe 29 Juni 1913" at lower right. (Berlin Sport Club / German Stadium International Olympic Contests June 29, 1913) Vignette: two running athletes

Note: No. 20 from the collection of Heiko Volk. Physical data not known at this writing; appears to be perforated and multicolored.

Image dimensions courtesy of Philippe Pavard

Steve Greiczek sent the images, and commented:
from the varying location of the text relative to the runner it looks like the text block is an imprint over a generic Sport-Club image.

 

Bronze medallion (47mm x 36mm) for "Swedish relay" in "military events" at the Berlin Sports Club. Undated, but same image as 1913-20.

NOT IN DUBOIS


#1913-x1
NORDISKA SPELEN 1913 STOCKHOLM 7-16 FEBR.
NORDISCHE SPIELE - NORTHERN GAMES - JEUX DU NORD

No Olympic connection, and there were no Winter Games
until 1924, but a nice sports stamp.



#1913-x1
GESETZL. GESCHÜTZT - NEUES AUS ALLER WELT
ELEKTRA SCHÖNEBERG
Das Deutsche Stadion in Berlin
besitzt 30000 Zuschauer Plätze, ein Schimmbassin
100m Länge; im Innenraum eine 666.67 m l. Radbahn

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED - NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
ELEKTRA SCHOENEBERG
The German stadium in Berlin has 30,000 spectator seats,
a Swimming pool of 100m length; inside a 666.67 m l. Cycle track

"Elektra" was presumably a newspaper in Berlin-Schoeneberg

Thus far I have seen 30 stamps with this format, so it must have been a large set, but I've no idea how many there were. None of the others I have seen has an Olympic connection. The ones I have been able to date are all from the 1912-1914 timeframe.


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