POSTER STAMPS AND LABELS OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES

      INTRODUCTION

      STATISTICS

      UNSOLVED MYSTERIES

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       SUMMER GAMES
1894 - Modern Games Founded
1896 - I Olympiad - Athens
1900 - II Olympiad - Paris
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

1936 - IV Winter Games - Garmisch-Partenkirchen

   

Official Posters and Emblem for 1936 Winter Games in Garmisch- Partenkirchen

The following poster stamps were issued for the 1936 Winter Games:

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Official Poster Stamps

      STILL MISSING

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       SUMMER GAMES
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

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

DuBois listing:

1. "DEUTSCHLAND 1936" in red, "IV-OLYMPISCHE WINTERSPIELE GARMISCH- PARTENKIRCHEN 6.-16.FEBRUAR 1936" in white, all text at bottom. Vignette: a "close-up" picture of a skier with his right arm raised and skis in his left hand; a white "chest-apron" over his jacket displays Olympic rings. 39x62.5mm, imperf, multicolored; variants as follows:

a) blue-violet background under text, Olympic rings are colored light olive-brown ... $5.00

b) same as a) but Olympic rings in usual multicolors & two blue colored imprints below design: "PRINTED IN GERMANY" on left & "IMPRIME EN ALLEMAGNE" on right. ... $7.00

c) same as b) but blue background under text ... Rare

(1b & 1c, with imprints, are on heavier, thicker paper)

DuBois listing:

2. "GERMANY 1936" in red, "IVth OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCEN 6th-16th FEBRUARY 1936" in white, all text at bottom. Vignette like No.1; variants:

a) violet background under text, Olympic rings colored light olive-brown ... $6.00

b) same as 2a) but blue background under text ... $8.00

c) same vignette & imprints as 1b) .............. $10.00

d) same as 2c) but blue background under text ... $10.00

(2b, 2c & 2d are on heavier, thicker paper)

Note: The vignette of Nos.1 & 2 is from a poster designed by Ludwig Hohlwein and issued in 13 languages by the Organizing Committee of the IVth Olympic Winter Games.

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I disagree with the DuBois listing of these official poster stamps, and think there are actually 6 different major types of the German text stamps, and only two with English text, plus some minor varieties of paper and color, as shown at right. I have created new numbers, starting "z" - the DuBois number is in parentheses. (Vignettes of all except z1a are 38.5 mm wide - z1a is 36mm wide)

These images came from several different sources (I own none of the items), and are not shown to the same scale, though I have tried to make them approximately correct. I am confident of the measurements given.

Text in German:

z1a (not in DuBois) - no imprints at bottom, brown rings, very small vignette - 56x36mm (no space between date and bottom margin, lower background is grey.) three examples seen
z1b (1a) - no imprints at bottom, brown rings, large vignette - 62x38.5mm (space between date and bottom margin)
z1c (not in DuBois) - imprints at bottom, multicolor rings, small vignette - 60x38.5mm (no space between date and bottom margin, note shadowing behind "DEUTSCHLAND 1936" and black background behind white text across skier)
z1d (not in DuBois) - imprints at bottom, multicolor rings, small vignette - 60x38.5mm (no space between date and bottom margin, note shadowing behind "DEUTSCHLAND 1936" and grey background behind white text across skier)
z1e (1b) - imprints at bottom, multicolor rings, large vignette - 62x38.5mm (space between date and bottom margin)
z1f (1c) - imprints at bottom, multicolor rings, solid blue bar behind text in vignette - 61x38.5mm

Text in English:

z2a (2b) - no imprints at bottom, brown rings - 62.5x38.5mm
z2b (2c) - imprints at bottom, multicolor rings - 62x38.5mm

(Dubois says there is an English text stamp with brown rings, no imprint, and a violet background behind the text, but I have never seen it, and do not think it exists.)
(DuBois and Trory both say there is an English text stamp like number z1e, with a solid bar behind the text, but I have never seen it, and do not think it exists)

Additional varieties:
- Different papers (Philippe Pavard has z1c on two different papers, "light creamy and thicker," and "white and thinner."
- Color variations, some resulting from age and exposure to light, others from inking variations during printing - I do not consider any of these worth describing as separate types.

At right are images of all eight of these major types, plus one variety of z1b that I find interesting - note the distinct blue mountain peak at left.

2/6/17 - Philippe Pavard now owns examples of all the major types except z1f, and confirms all measurements. He sent THIS IMAGE of all of them scanned together. He has also been extremely helpful in sorting out all the distinctions - thanks, Phil.

I am sure there is an interesting story about how there came to be so many different varities of the German version of this label - can anyone explain? The addtion of the text below the vignette makes sense, and I assume all the other changes had to do with legibility, but really!

   
z1a and z1b & variety of z1b

 
z1c & z1d

 
z1e & z1f

 
z2a & z2b


Unofficial Poster Stamps


1936-W-3

DuBois listing:

"19 - IV. OLYMPISCHE WINTERSPIELE - 36 / GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN" in a circle around Olympic rings. Round shape, 36mm diameter, black & gold ... Rare

The DuBois description sounds like the official Logo, below, minus the mountains.


1936-W-4

DuBois listing:

"FEBRUAR 1936 OLYMPIA" above. Vignette: a ski jumper. 48x64mm, imperf, multicolored ... Rare

NO image, and not much of a description to go on.


1936-W-5

DuBois listing:

5. "OLYMPIA-BOBBAHN UND NATUREIS-STADION 1936" at upper left corner. Vignette: a pair of skaters in foreground; a sanitarium at the base of mountains in the background; sun's yellow rays above white-capped mountain peaks, at upper right corner; a "ribbon-advertisement" to right side, extending outside of label, which states "RIESSER-SEE DAS KURHOTEL IM BAY. HOCHGEBIRGE" and text "100m. uber GARMISCH" below ribbon. 54x33mm (overall including ribbon), imperf, die cut, light blue, dark blue & yellow, on white, embossed ....... 06.00

(Translation: Olympic Bobsled Course and Natural-Ice Stadium; Lake Riesser, the Sanitorium in the Bavarian High Mountains, 100 meters above Garmisch)


1936-W-6

DuBois listing:

6. Baggage Label: "AMERICAN OLYMPIC TEAM" across top; "GARMISCH PARTENKIRCHEN" down left side; "1936" down right side; "NAME_____ SPORT_____" at lower left corner. Vignette: a U.S. Olympic shield with Olympic rings in a 63x26mm white panel on a blue upper field, rings are alternating red & blue color; red & white alternating stripes are in lower part. 11.7x14.3cm (design, including texts), 12.5x15.8cm (overall), imperf, gummed on back ... $25.00

(This label is dated at 1932 in the All Fund catalog but it did issue for the 1936 Winter Games)


CLICK HERE to view a page that lists all the Olympic decals that depict a US Olympic shield.


 
1936-W-7

DuBois listing:

7. A Baggage, Fund Label: "AMERICAN OLYMPIC FUND" at top. Vignette: a U.S. Olympic shield, identical to the shield described at label No.6. 10.3x14.3cm (design), 11.3x15.4cm (overall), imperf, gummed on back ... $15.00

This probably a combo label - issued to raise funds for both the Winter & Summer Games of 1936. Also probably issued by the American Olympic Committee which, after 1940, changed its name to U.S. Olympic Committee

As this label is undated, the date of issue is uncertain and it could have been issued for the 1932 or 1940 Games. It is listed here because the shield is identical to that of No.6 and has the same coloring as the 1936 street tag, No.70. This label has not been found listed in other catalogs.


1936-W-8

DuBois listing:

8. A Baggage Label Proof: This label has no text. Vignette: a U.S. Olympic shield of the same design as label Nos. 6 & 7. Colors are more "solid" and "deeper" than those on No.7. 10.3x13.3cm (design), 12.4x14.8cm (overall), gummed on back, colors: vermilion-red & violet blue ... Rare

As with label No.7 the date of issue is uncertain. It is listed here because it is identical to the shield on label No.7, except for the "deeper, more solid" coloring. Also, this shield has the same minor imperfection as No.7 at the upper right edge.

NOTE: the imperfection DuBois mentions is not present on our example of 1936-W-7.

NOT IN DUBOIS

1936-W-x3
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN
Luggage label or window sticker
65mmx93mm

1936-W-x4
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN
Window sticker
80x84mm

1936-W-x5
INTERNATIONALE WINTERSPORTWOCHE 1934 INNSBRUCK-TYROL
International Wintersport Games
in Innsbruck, 1934
Note (non-standard) Olympic rings


#1936-x6
60x30.5mm

Grosse internationale Werdenfelser Wintersportwoche auf den Olympia-Kampfstätten

Huge international Weldenfelser Winter Sports Week at the Olympic grounds

(Wekdenfelser is the area of Germany northeast of Garmisch-Partenkirchen)

This one is a bit of a stretch. Does it belong in this collection just because it mentions the Olympic grounds?


1936-W-x7
"GARMISCH"
across top of the official logo
Luggage label or window sticker
80mm diam

1936-W-x8
"GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN"
across top of image of the site
Luggage label or window sticker
2 3/4" x 3"

1936-W-x9
Japanese matchbox label
with 1936 Winter Games poster design.

1936-W-x10a & b
Registration labels


Germany issued three semi-postal stamps and two postal cards for the 1936 Winter Games.


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