POSTER STAMPS AND LABELS OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES

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1900 - II Olympiad - Paris
1904 - III Olympiad - St. Louis
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1944 - XIII Olympiad - London
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1948 - XIV Olympiad - London

1956 - XVI Olympiad - Equestrian events - Stockholm

Official Poster for 1956 Games in Stockholm
There was no official emblem for the Stockholm Equestrian Games

Australia was selected as the primary site for the 1956 Summer Games, but Australian equine quarantine prevented the country from hosting the equestrian events, so Stockholm was selected as the alternative site for the equestrain events only.

The following poster stamps and labels were issued for the 1956 Games in Stockholm:

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

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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

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#1956-S-1

DuBois listing:

Equestrian events were held in Stockholm, Sweden, due to the cost and difficulty, involvimg quarantines, of transporting horses to Melbourne, Australia.

1. Above: A classical riding-figure on a horse; below: Olympic rings; all in an oval.
28x36mm,imperf, blue ... $10.00

(A Committee Label)

(Image courtesy of David Feldman auctions.)

 
#1956-S-2

DuBois listing:

2. Same vignette as in No.1; below,in a panel: "XVI OLYMPIADENS RYTTARTAVLINGAR 1959 STOCKHOLM 10-17 JUNI" - Olympic rings between 19 and 59.
Colors: rings are their usual multicolors and are interlaced like those on the original Olympic flag; panel is dark brown; text is tan; vignette is brown with light brown, mottled background.
32x48mm, imperforate
a) smooth paper (label) ... $5.OO
b) rough paper (ticket) ... $5.00

(Swedish text- "16th Olympiad Riding Contests")
Note: The design of No.2 is from the 62x99cm poster designed by John Sjovard. 40,000 posters, in four languages, were printed. The statue symbolizes the link between the ancient and modern Games.


1/12/17 - New images of 1956-S-2a&b from Ray Petersen, aka maerkat on eBay. He notes that The poster stamp is on the left. It has full gum and I would characterize the paper as "hard". The "ticket" is on the right and the paper appears to be of lower quality and I would characterize it as "soft". --- Thanks, Ray!


 

#1956-S-3 to 6

DuBois listing:

3. "OLIMPIAJ LUDOJ" (01ympic Games,in Esperanto) at top; "ESPERANTO STOCKHOLM SVEDUJO" below; in the center: a horse's head and a green star; artist's and printer's imprints,in green. 36x50mm, perf 11 and imperf ... $2.00
4. Like 3 but picture of a hurdle ride ... $2.00
5. Like 3 but picture of a hurdle jump ... $2.00
6. Like 3 but picture of a racing event ... $2.00

Colors:
a)blue on light blue,
b)blue on rose,
c)red on yellow,
d)black on orange.

The four designs exist as a sheet(2x2), wide PM4S, on which is a single line frame broken at top by Olympic rings; imprint at lower right (all imprints are green) ... $l0.00

The blook of four also occurs as a proof-print card, black on white paper, and also in other colors.

All four "official" colors are shown

Below, examples of other colors, plus special sheetlets and proofs mentioned at the bottom of the DuBois entry:

   

   

NOT IN DUBOIS


#1956-S-x1

A Tag:
13th JUNE 1956
XVI OLYMPIAD EQUESTRIAN GAMES 1956
STOCKHOLM
THREE-DAY:
SPEED AND ENDURANCE
4
PRICE SW. CR $3:-

OKAY, this is not a label, it looks like some sort of ticket or price tag, but it's cute, and I'm curious about it - can anyone tell me what it really is? Approximate dimensions = 48x81mm, based on THIS IMAGE.


#1956-S-x2

A matchbox label:
LA NATIONALE
MARQUE DÉPOSÉE
OLYMPIADES SUEDE
SPECIAL MADE FOR
RUANDA-URUNDI

OLYMPIADES SUEDE = Swedish Olympics

Ruanda-Urundi existed from 1924 to 1962, and split into Rwanda and Burundi in 1962 so this can only relate to the 1956 Stockholm Olympics.
French was one of the official languages of Ruanda-Urundi
(it was a Belgian teritory).

CLICK HERE to view a pdf of pages from the DuBois catalog with examples of Swedish "skillet" matchbox labels relating to the 1956-Stockholm Equestrian Olympics.


Sweden issued 3 postage stamps for the 1956 Stockholm Equestrian Olympics.


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