POSTER STAMPS AND LABELS OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES

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1948 - XIV Olympiad - London

1948 - V Winter Games - St Moritz

Official Poster and Emblem for 1948 Winter Games in St. Moritz

The IOC decided NOT to increment the number on the Winter Games unless they were actually held, so 1948 was finally the V Winter Games!

The following poster stamps were issued for the 1948 Winter Games:

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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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#1948-W-1 to 4

DuBois listing:

"St. Moritz" in upper right corner, script printing. Vignette: a stylized sun in middle, Olympic flag above and Swiss flag below, rings on flag are multicolored and interlaced as on official flag, line-rays radiate from the sun to the edge of the vignette. A printer's imprint is below design, on right. Texts at bottom of vignette, in German, English & French, are as follows:

1. "V OLYMPISCHE WINTERSPIELE 30 JANUAR - 8 FEBRUAR 1948"
2. "Vth OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 8 1948"
3. "Vmes JEUX OLIMPIQUES D'HIVER 30 JANVIER-8 FEVRIER 1948"
26x41mm, perf 11, multicolored ... $10.00ea
Exists as a strip of 6 (3 of #2, 2 of #3 & 1 of #1)
4. Same as No.2 but without printer's imprint ... $12.00

See block of 12 at right from a pane of stamps.


#1948-W-1 to 3
Note format - all three languages:
3 of #2, 2 of #3 & 1 of #1

So was no.4 printed in full sheets?


#1948-W- 5
DuBois listing:

5. "SKI JEUX OLYMPIQUES D'HIVER OLYMPISCHE WINTERSPIELE" below. Vignette: two skiers with numbers "13" & "3" on their suits, Swiss banner on left and Olympic banner on right, three mountains in background. 52x38mm, perf 11, multicolored .... $20.00

10/18/16 - Steve Greiczek sent me scans of pages from the 1980 Editions Pén "Catalogue Des Vignettes Suisses De Propagande Et Commémoratives: Katalog der Schweizer Werbe- und Erinnerungsvignetten : 1878 - 1980" showing this stamp (S.173), and attributing it to 1928. Go to the bottom of the 1928 Winter Games page to see those scans. To me the design looks more like the other 1948 issues. Note the flags on this stamp and the next one, 1948-W-6. Can anyone resolve this conflict?


#1948-W- 6
DuBois listing:

6. "POUR LE SKI SUISSE / FUR DEN SCHWEIZER SKISPORT A.S.C.S. - S.S.V." below. Vignette: a ski-jumper with Swiss & Olympic flags in background. An imprint at upper left: "L. JAGGI." 38x52mm, perforated, multicolored ... $30.00


#1948-W-7
DuBois listing:

7. "V. OLYMPIADE INVERNALE 1948 30.I. - 8.II. St. Moritz SVIZZERA" below. Vignette: Olympic rings. Imperf, red on white ... Rare

approx. size of central rectangle = 21x27mm

(Image courtesy of cinderellastamp.com,
"Heirs to the collections of Vittorio de Silva Portugal (1881-1954)")

 
#1948-W- 8

1948-W-8
DuBois listing:

8. "U.S. OLYMPIC COMMITTEE LONDON - 1948 GAMES - ST.MORITZ" above. Vignette: same as No.17 of "1940-HELSINKI" and No.3 of "1948-LONDON" (see latter for more data)

These American fund-raising stamps mention both London and St Moritz, so applied to both the Winter and Summer Games.

NOT IN DUBOIS

#1948-W-x1
JEUX OLYMPIQUES D'HIVER 1948 St. MORITZ SUISSE 30 JANVIER + 8 FEVRIER
size 139x53mm (2-1/8 x 5-1/2")
Could be the imprint cut from a piece of stationery?

(Image courtesy of cinderellastamp.com,
"Heirs to the collections of Vittorio de Silva Portugal (1881-1954)")

Here's another example from a recent Feldman auction, and the edges look irregular to me, as though it was indeed cut from something larger:

02/24/2017 - The item below was listed in a recent Heiko Volk auction, with description "Back side partially gummed - 139 x 53mm" and it appears identical to the other two, so for me that proves this is a label, not a cutout. Case closed.


#1948-W-x2

#1948-W-x2

Austria greets the world
Austrian Maedchen holding bouquet of flowers at right, national flag in shield shape at bottom left, text on each stamp up from bottom left and across top: "Austria Greets (country name)" in the national language.

The note with my set of 23 (complete?) of these says "1948 - St Moritz." That would make sense, they were clearly issued to promote tourism in Austria during the Olympics next door in Switzerland that year. So not Olympic, per se (no rings). Can anyone provide more information about them?

Here is one used on cover - I can't make out the date in the cancel - 1947? - but the stamp (Scott 485) was issued in 1947, so probably 1947 or 1948, which fits.

Below, one with a clear 1947 cancel, and one with a 1956 overprint.

 


Switzerland issued four semi-postal stamps for the 1948 Winter Games.


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