POSTER STAMPS AND LABELS OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES

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1956 - VII Winter Games - Cortina d'Ampezzo

Official Poster and Emblem for 1956 Winter Games in Cortina d'Ampezzo

CLICK HERE for a pdf of the DuBois introduction to the 1956 - CORTINA D'AMPEZZO pages.

The following poster stamps were issued for the 1956 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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#1956-W-01
DuBois listing:

1. "VII GIOCHI OLIMPICI D'INVERNO" above; "CORTINA d'AMPEZZO 1956" below; texts are in a 2.2mm wide circumference of a 22mm diameter circle. Vignette, within circle: a five-pointed, white star above Olympic rings in their usual multicolors (and interlaced as on official Olympic flag); three mountains, with snow below the resort village of Cortina d'Ampezzo, below the mountains, with town-hall steeple in foreground. 30x39mm (overall, including perforations), perf 10, mountains are brown-red, text is black, background is dark blue ... $3.00

Label No. 1 is almost an exact copy of a 70x100cm poster designed by Franco Rondinelli of Milan, Italy. To quote "Olympism Through Posters" published by the International Olympic Committee "The site of the organizing town appears beneath the five Olympic rings, which, with the star, form the emblem of the Italian National Olympic Committee." The print run consisted of 11,000 posters, 100,000 postcards, 25,000 sheets of 20 especially designed stamps.

   

#1956-W-02
DuBois listing:

2. "VII GIOCHI OLIMPICI INVERNALI" above; "CORTINA 1956" below; texts are in a 2.8mm wide circumference of a 26mm circle. Vignette, within circle: similar to No.1 but no star above rings and only snow at base of mountains. 35mm square, perf 13.5, mountains are light brown-red, text is black, background is blue, border is white (Label No.1 has no such border, its dark blue background extends into the perforations) ... $2.00

Note: Text-circles of both Nos.1 & 2 are white, and have angular lines & points projecting outward, also colored white. The outer part of the circle of No.1 has a black outline and the outer projections are also shaded black.

Sheets: Both Nos.1 & 2 come in sheets of 20 (4x5 and 5x4, resp.) Margins of both have same following texts:
Left side, Spanish: "VII JUEGOS OLIMPICOS INVERNALES"
Right side, German: "VII OLIMPISCHE WINTERSPIELE"
Top, French: "VII JEUX OLYMPIQUES D'HIVER"
Bottom, English: "VII OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES"

All texts read "inward." The black text-letters are 5mm high. Perforations: Both sheets have PM4S (all labels are thus fully perforated).
No.1 - perforations run completely through margin.
No.2 - perforations run into the margin but do not cross completely.



#1956-W-03 to 10


#1956-W-04 to 11

DuBois listing:

Esperanto Labels:

3. "VIIa VINTRAJ SPORTAJ LUDOJ" below, in panel; a green star to left of panel text, with "ESPERANTO" curved above it. Vignette: Olympic rings "CORTINA (ITALIO)" in upper left corner; "1956" & artist'a signature in lower right corner; skis, ski-poles, and a small flag stuck in the snow on a hill. 36x53mm, perf 11 and imperf ... $2.00

4. Same panel text and star as No.3. Vignette: Olympic rings in upper left corner; "1956 KORTINO (ITALIO)" in upper right corner; artist's signature in lower right corner; a slalom skier is depicted.

5 to 10 are like No.4 but depict the following sports:
5. A ski-jumper,
6. A skier,
7. A four-man bobsled,
8. An ice-hockey player,
9. A pair of figure-skaters,
10. 2 speed-skaters.
11. Same as No.3 but "KORTINO" instead of "CORTINA"

(Esperanto text: Cortina, Italy, VIIth Winter Sports Games)

Colors of Nos. 3 to 10 (1st color = sky, 2nd. color = design & texts):
a)red - black,
b)orange - black,
b)yellow- black,
d)lt. blue - black ... $2.00ea
Nos. 3 to 10 are se-tenant on a sheet of eight(4x2).

Colors of Nos. 11 & 4 to 10:
a)red - black,
b)orange - black,
c)yellow - black,
d)lt. blue - blue ... $2.00ea
Nos. 11 & 4 to 10 are se-tenant on a sheet of 8(4x2).

Other Sheet Information: Sheet with Nos. 3 to 10 is First Issue (CORTINA spelling on first label). Sheet with Nos. 11 & 4 to 10 is Second Issue (KORTINO spelling on all labels of sheet).

Both types of sheet are PM4S with perforations passing through selvage. Text on selvage, below 10th label, states "PRESIS: E. MORENO BARCELONA (HISPANIO)" which is Esperanto for "Printer: E. Moreno, Barcelona, Spain."

DuBois' statements about the colors do not agree with what I have seen.

First - Look at the bottom two sheetlets at left - neither has "CORTINO" on the first stamp, but one is blue and blue, while the other has blue and black. So it seems to me that the sheetlets with 11 & 4-10 occur in all five color combinations.

Second, look at the image at bottom right - several of the stamps have a sky of greenish blue with black for the design and texts. So are there SIX color combinations?

Finally, the item below. I do not know where I got it. What is it? A proof? A printer's souvenir?

Can anyone provide other varieties?


#1956-W-12
DuBois listing:

12. A Fund Label: "D" in a banner at upper left; "50" at upper right; CORTINA below. Vignette: an acrobatic, female figure skater. 27x31mm, perf 1l.5, violet ... $1.00

(This label may be one of a series, additional information is solicited from the reader)

1/21/17 - Mystery solved - this is indeed part of a series (note the "2" beneath the "D"), a set issued by the Sportverein Dynamo in East Germany in 1964. See full set on the 1964 Tokyo page, items 1964-x24 thru x34.

#1956-W-13
DuBois listing:

13. "TUKEKAA HIIKTAJIEMME OLYMPIAVALMENNUSTA" above a hand with a torch; below: "VII GIOCHI OLIMPICI INVERNALI CORTINA d'AMPEZZO 1956 PAULIG" - to the side of the picture: "TUKKUKAU PPOJEN OY KESKISISALTO 50 KPF" 33x47mm, an imperf matchbox label, multicolored .... Rare

(Text is Finnish and Italian)

See similar labels 1956-56 and 57 on the 1956-Melbourne page.

 

#1956-W-14

DuBois listing:

No.14: The following decal type of label was issued for the 1956 Winter Games. Cortina is the site of a noted ski resort, located in the Italian Alps known as the Dolomites. This multicolored decal type of label has the Olympic rings in their correct colors and in the "original" interlacing pattern. That pattern was changed in 1957 to the interlacing used today.

See addenda pages 277B & 277C for two similar decals by the same printer.

The back of this decal is also shown. It shows, in four steps, how to apply the decal; and, there is an "ELEPHANT" logo below:

Physical Data:
Text states, "CORTINA Dolomiti M.1200 A 2300" below vignette; (Cortina is dark blue; other text black) "OLYMPIADI 1956" below vignette-text, white on a red semicircular band. "2168" as black text at lower left of vignette; probably a printer's identification number. Vignette measures 51 x 80mm; overall measurements can vary as this decal appears to be cut from a "sheet of decals."

NOT IN DUBOIS

#1956-W-x1

A decal, multicolored, "OLIMPIADE 1956 INVERNIALE CORTINA" -
in small type at bottom "Vetrofanie Oppi. Edizioni Denna Cortina"

#1956-W-x2

A decal, multicolored, "1956 OLIMPIADE INVERNALE CORTINA"
tiny named views inset in the rings, artist and printer names at bottom.

#1956-W-x3

A hotel label, light blue background, red and orange design,
"ITALY DOLOMITI Misurina - 1800-2300 "
Olympics rings and "1956"
"GRANDE ALBERGO DELLE ALPI ALBERGO MISURINA"

#1956-W-x4

A set of four Ukrainian Exile Underground Post labels (from an eBay auction, seller says they were issued for 1956 Winter Games, I was able to confirm that HERE - top of page 233)

Rectangular label, border text:

Плекайте український вільний спорт
підпільна пошта українська

Plekayte ukrayins'kyy vil'nyy sport
pidpil'na poshta ukrayins'ka

Make Ukrainian Sport Free
Ukrainian Underground Mail

Vignette in center, downhill skiier, denomination in red at lower left
Colors (border, then vignette): 10 = grey & pale blue, 20 = red & pale blue, 30 = slate & pale orange, 40 = violet & grey.


#1956-W-x5

Gummed luggage label
VII GIOCHI OLIMPICI INVERNALE
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO 1956
(name and address lines)
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO
CIT - VETTORE OFFICIALE - CIT

#1956-W-x6

stringed luggage label
VII GIOCHI OLIMPICI INVERNALE
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO 1956
(name and address lines)
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO
CIT - VETTORE OFFICIALE - CIT


#1956-W-x7
size: 3" x 4-1/2"
Decal:
US Olympic shield in top 2/3, rings are red and blue.
"DULUTH 1956 HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES OLYMPIC HOCKEY TEAM" below.


Italy issued four postage stamps for the 1956 Winter Games.

San Marino issued ten postage stamps for the 1956 Winter Games.


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