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

UNSOLVED MYSTERIES

The items shown here are ones that I could not find in the DuBois catalog, and could not connect with a specific Olympiad, or doubted were labels at all. Some are shown on the pages they seem to relate to, others only here.

If you can provide information about when and by whom any of these were produced, and in connection with which Olympiad, please email me at

Please refer to the image by the ID below it. All contributions will be acknowledged. Thanks.

NOTE: Once I indentify an item on this page, I move it to the SOLVED MYSTERIES page - and the appropriate Olympiad page - so this page contains only the items I still have questions about.

Click on image below to open an enlarged version in a separate window/tab
Click on the DuBois number beneath the image to display technical data about that label.

Most of these are images I found on the www, so I do not know their sizes.


      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


 
MYST-06
Circular foil label (?) for the Museum of Olympic History of the International Olympic Academy at Olympia, Greece.

The Academy was formed in 1961, so this is probably outside the current time-frame of this catalog - but more information about the item would be welcome.

 
MYST-11

Two booklets containing strips of vignettes depicting different sporting events in a cartoon style, covers inscribed "Olympische Spiele" with one showing boxing and the other showing swimming, possibly produced ca.1920s, very fine and attractive.

Found in a David Feldman auction catalog.
Must date from 1913 or so.
Can anyone provide more info, or images of the stamps they contained?

 

MYST-14
ALFA-OLYMPIADE 1928

What's the story here? No rings, so not necessarily related to the Games. A Google search led to some pages about sports trading cards. ???

MYST-16

I owned this - it's a miniature photo on light card, the photo is 35mm x 45mm. I'm betting it was a souvenir item from a photo booth somewhere in LA. Anyone else have a similar item?



MYST-21
Text: "Cortina-Dolomiti - ml: 1224"
Cortina was the site designated for the 1944 Winter Olympics.
It is in the Dolomites mountain range of Northern Italy, at an elevation of 1224 meters.

The source of this image, an Italian web site about Olympic Games held in Italy, says this is a "vignette" of the 1956 Winter Games, but the style of the Olympic rings looks older (1944?), and the texture looks odd. It could be a patch, not a label.
Please email me if you know what the item is - address at bottom of page.

 
MYST-22

AUSTRIA GREETS THE WORLD
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, and a great time would be during the Olympics right next door in Switzerland that year. But not Olympic labels, 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 these must date from 1947 or 1948, which fits.



MYST-23
approx height = 60mm

Selected by US Olympic Team
SUPPORT YOUR US OLYMPIC TEAM

found on the www - low-quality scan -
WHAT IS IT?
The other items on the same page were from Games of 1932 to 1956.

 
MYST-26
D.N.D. - 10 Cts - SIN VALOR POSTAL

D.N.D. = Delegación Nacional de Deportes = National Delegation of Sports, formed in 1941 to promote health and sports in Spain.

I don't see how this can date from earlier than 1945, i.e. post-WWII, so I have placed it tentatively on the 1948 page.
Can anyone confirm that?

8/9/16 - Philippe Pavard pointed out this page at delcampe.net (click on QUESTIONS tab) where the seller says "Year final 1940 decade or initial 1950 decade" so that agrees with my guess.


MYST-27
Vi stöder svensk olympisk idrott
=
We support Swedish Olympic sports

???

MYST-29
OLYMPIC CHAMPION - Safety Match
Made in Pakistan
Olympic rings in standard configuration, but non-standard colors and interlacing.

Matchbox "skillet"

Pakistan was established in 1947, so that's the earliest date for this.


ANOTHER MYSTERY


#1936-x13
OLYMPISCHES DORF BERLIN 1936
Vignette: Olympic tower with bells
bronze foil

Found on the www. It looks like a foil seal, not an imprint. Has anyone seen it elsewhere?

HERE IT IS
used on a cover.

12/18/16 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-32
MONACO-SPORTS

Approximate size = 9x17mm (vignette)
Olympic Torch (?) on red background with text MONACO-SPORTS.

I found this in a Feldman auction, on this page with items from the 1932 Games, which suggests it dates from that period. Can anyone confirm, and explain its purpose?

01/07/17 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-33
OLYMPIC NORD HAINAUT

Size: 110 x 90 mm
Triangular label, runner above torch, Olympic rings behind.

I found this in a delcampe auction, seller describes it as a self-adhesive label, which suggests it is relatively recent. Nord Hainaut is a region in Belgium. Seller thinks it dates from the 1980's.

01/07/17 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-35
UNIC OLYMPIC MAGASIN
NOSTRA OLYMPIC MAGASIN

Matchbox labels
Belgian grocery chain
Date = probably 1950's?

There are many of these available on eBay and delcampe, with twelve or so basic designs differing in the name of the town at bottom (e.g. Erquelinnes or Kapellen). Several have Olympic rings. Without the rings, I would say the name is coincidental, and has nothing to do with the Games, but their presence implies authorization by the IOC, presumably based on a sponsorship. My first thought was that they dated from the 1920 Games in Antwerp, but the clothing styles and hairdos of the women depicted are unmistakably 1950's, so I changed my mind. Can anyone provide more information?

Wikipedia says that UNIC was "rebranded" to SUPER GB in 1958, so they have to be earlier than that.


02/15/17 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-36
OLYMPIC TAVENÝ SÝR
OLYMPIK MINI

Approximate size = 42mm height
Various Czechoslovak cream cheese labels, most with text only, some with Olympic rings, three with discus thrower (no rings)

I found these in an eBay auction, on scans of pages with other Olympic labels listed in DuBois, and dating from as early as 1932 and as late as 1984.

I have been unable to find these anywhere else. Without the Olympic rings they would be irrelevant, but the rings imply a formal relationship with the IOC, so they might belong somewhere in these pages. Can anyone pin down a date for them?

2/24/17 - Here's another type, no rings, winter theme. The price, 7,50 Kcs, is Czechoslovak currency, so pre-1993.

03/18/17 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-39
OLYMPIA razor blade wrapper - 0.08mm
text on tab = V/15/26-MgG36
size: 475x260 mm

No rings, but that could be a foot-race track. Can anyone tell me the country of origin and date? Do they still sell razor blades anywhere?

06/17/17 - NEW MYSTERY

1956-x28


#1956-x28
Yugoslavia matchbox label

OLYMPIC STADIUM in Melbourne, Australia

6/17/17 - From an eBay lot of four labels, described as follows:

Yugoslavia FOOTBALL STADIUMS set of 4 matchbox labels from 1950's / DOLAC - IBICE factory in Travnik, Bosnia / Set of 4 matchbox labels issued in Yugoslavia in 1950's show 4 Football Stadiums; / NEP stadium in Budapest, Hungary - opened 1953 / LENIN stadium in Moscow, Russia - opened 1956 / MARACANA stadium in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil - opened 1950 / OLYMPIC STADIUM in Melbourne, Australia - opened 1956

I have added this to the 1956 Melbourne page, but there could by more labels in this set, and the date could be later - stay tuned.

IMAGE OF ALL FOUR LABELS HERE

08/09/17 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-40

Matchbox label, PIZZERIA "Olympia" and Olympic rings with pizza names inside. Also, Ristorante "Santa Lucia". Reutlingen, (West) Germany

Heiko Volk listed this in the 1960 section of a recent auction, but my research suggests it is later - probably the 1970's (the 1972 Games were in Munich). I am basing that on the phone numbers, which I think were not in use until then. Moreover, the label names TWO restaurants, which makes the connection with any actual Olympic Games very tenuous. Neither restaurant exists today.

CAN ANYONE PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION?


  08/09/17 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-41

Matchbox label, "SAFETY MATCHES", plus Chinese/Japanese text, Olympic rings (?)

This was listed on eBay with the description "OLD CHINA MACAU MATCHBOX LABELS OLYMPIC PASTED ON WOOD"

I think it is more likely to be Japanese, and dating from the late 1930's, the runup to the (canceled) 1940 Tokyo Games.

It is also worth noting that the rings are INVERTED, I.e. the official configuration is three rings above two, NOT two above three (look at all the other items on this page.)

CAN ANYONE PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION?

   


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