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

STATISTICS

           

Below are some statistics about Olympics labels.

How to count them? DuBois' numbering is inconsistent (I know, he inherited the system from an earlier list). Sometimes different colors get separate numbers, sometimes just separate letters, occasionally just notes. I've decided every variation is a separate label, i.e., if you had a COMPLETE collection, and counted each separable item, how many would you have? This still leaves some room for debate - is a full sheet of multiple designs a separate item too? Whatever. The numbers are approximate.

Year Event Location # seen
1894 1st Olympic Congress Paris 1
1896 I Olympiad Athens none
1900 II Olympiad Paris none
1904 III Olympiad St. Louis none
1906 Intercalated Games Athens 14
1908 IV Olympiad London 9
1912 V Olympiad Stockholm 20
1913 Germany prepares for 1916 Berlin 20
1914 20th Anniversary of Rebirth of Games Paris, Cairo, Riga 7
1916 (Games cancelled) Berlin 24
1920 VII Olympiad Antwerp 7
1924 VIII Olympiad Paris 30 or so
1928 IX Olympiad Amsterdam 27 or so
1932 X Olympiad Los Angeles 320-ish
1936 XI Olympiad Berlin 90 or so
1940 XII Olympiad Tokyo 9
1940 XII Olympiad Helsinki 33 or so
1944 XIII Olympiad London none
1948 XIV Olympiad London 17 or so
1952 XV Olympiad Helsinki 52?
1956 XVI Olympiad Melbourne 110-ish
1956 XVI Olympiad Stockholm 18?
1924 I Winter Games Chamonix none
1928 II Winter Games St Moritz 6
1932 III Winter Games Lake Placid 6
1936 IV Winter Games Garmisch-Partenkirchen 10?
1940 V Winter Games Sapporo 2?
1940 V Winter Games St Moritz none
1940 V Winter Games Garmisch-Partenkirchen none
1944 V Winter Games Cortina d'Ampezzo none
1948 V Winter Games St Moritz 13
1952 VI Winter Games Oslo 2
1956 VII Winter Games Cortina d'Ampezzo 43 or so

           
      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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