POSTER STAMPS AND LABELS OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES

      INTRODUCTION

      STATISTICS

      UNSOLVED MYSTERIES

      SOLVED MYSTERIES!

       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

1940 - New Zealand Centennial Games
(Cancelled)

Official poster for the 1940 Centennial Games in Auckland

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Click on the DuBois number beneath the image to display technical data about that label.

Text from DuBois Catalog:

1940 - ADDENDA - PAGE 145B

New Zealand Centennial Games
Historical Background:

The Polynesians known as Maoris arrived in New Zealand during the A.D. 1300's. In 1840 the Maoris signed the Treaty of Waitangi, ceding New Zealand to Great Britain. Auckland was founded that same year as the capital, but was replaced in 1865 by the more-centrally located city of Wellington (being on the south end of the North island).

The centenary of British sovereignty was commemorated on January 2, 1940, by the issuance of a set of 13 postage stamps. The following label was also issued on the occasion of that centennial:

Poster Stamp for the 1940 Centennial Games in Auckland

"NEW ZEALAND CENTENNIAL GAMES" white text in red panel at top; "AUCKLAND JAN 6 TO 20 1940" black text in green panel at bottom. Vignette: A green carving that the Maoris are famous for, at upper left; a green fern across the black vignette background; a red scull with two oarsmen at lower left; a red sprinter and high jumper at lower right. Imperf design measures 34.5 x 60.5mm, overall size 38.5 x 63.5mm.

Like the other games scheduled for 1940 at Sapporo, Tokyo, Helsinki, and St. Moritz, these games were cancelled due to World War II. These Auckland Games would have served as Olympic Trials due to being scheduled for early January of 1940.

Oddly, I could find very little about these Games on the www, except for images of the poster and stamp. But it's also odd that DuBois added this label to his catalog, as its relation to the Olympics is tenuous, and including it makes many similar items eligible.

      STILL MISSING

      ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

      UPDATE HISTORY

       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


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