1894 - Modern Games Founded
1896 - I Olympiad - Athens
1900 - II Olympiad - Paris
      - Vignettes of the 1900 Paris Expo
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
1952 - XV Olympiad - Helsinki
1956 - XVI Olympiad - Melbourne
      - XVI Olympiad - Stockholm
1960 - XVII Olympiad - Rome

1932 - III Winter Games - Lake Placid


Official poster and emblem for the 1932 Winter Games in Lake Placid

The following poster stamps were issued for the 1932 Winter Games:

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#1932-W-1 to 4

DuBois listing:

1. "III Olympic Winter Games" at top; "Lake Placid, USA February 4-13 1932" at bottom; vertically printed above the "A" of USA: "PTD. U.S.A." Vignette, between texts: A silhouette of a ski jumper, dark blue & black with a white upper outline(indicating motion); background: a white outline of the USA in a variable-blue, circular area; a location-dot, on the outline-area, is surrounded by a dark blue "LAKE PLACID" - the artist's signature, in black "WITOLD GORDON," is at lower left, just within the circle; Olympic rings are below the circle and in their usual multicolors(interlaced as on the original flag); 32x47mm, perf 14, upper & lower texts are dark blue ... $5.00

2. Same as 1 but German text: "III Olympische Winterspiele" at top; "Lake Placid, USA 4-13 Februar 1932" at bottom ... $9.00

3. Same as 1 but French text: "III Jeux Olympiques d'Hiver" at top; "Lake Placid du 4 au 13 Fevrier 1932" at bottom ... $10.00

4. Same as 1 but Spanish text: "III Juegos Olimpicos de Invierno" at top; "Lake Placid USA Febrero 4-13, 1932" at bottom ... $15.00

The above labels were issued in sheets of 50(10x5), SE4S, producing 26 straight-edged copies per sheet. Copies with one or two straight edges are worth about 6O% of the above-indicated values.





1964 - XVIII Olympiad - Tokyo
1968 - XIX Olympiad - Mexico City
1972 - XX Olympiad - Munich

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
1968 - X Winter Games - Grenoble
1972 - XI Winter Games - Sapporo

      - Workers' Olympics


DuBois listing:

5. "LAKE PLACID NEW YORK" above; "3rd. OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES 1932" below. Vignette: a ski jumper at take-off(front view); spectators at both sides, above lower text panel; torches at both sides of upper text panel. 28x47mm, perf 12. black, gray & orange ... $20.00
Sheets of 10(5x2), SE4S, thus all labels have 1 or 2 str. edges.

( CLICK HERE for a B&W image of a full pane of 10, from SPI's catalogue of the 1932 FDCs and vignettes.)


DuBois listing:

6. A rectangular label, horizontal:
"A.S.B.T. / S.S.S.V." at lower left; Olympic rings(inverted) "1932" at lower right; Swiss coat of arms at upper left; a bob-sled, in action, on race course in center; double-lined border.

46x32mm, perf 11, multicolored

A.S.B.T. = Association Suisse de Bobsleigh, Tobogganing et Skeleton
S.S.S.V. = Schweizer Schlittensport-Verband = Swiss Luge Association


Is this a seal or an imprint?


This was on the image of a First Day Cover on the www, and could be a cachet, but it looks like an embossed foil seal.

Text reads "III OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES" across the top, and "LAKE PLACID 1932" at the bottom.


10/26/16 - I found this image of the Contestant's badge - same design.

8/19/19 - I found an ebay listing for an identical cover, title = "GOLD MEDAL CACHET" - so I think that answers the question - this is NOT a label or seal.


Is this a seal or an imprint?


Vignette: a rounded square,
thin red border,
ski jumper in flight against blue background,
white snowflakes, multicolored Olympic rings

From a Feldman auction - see image below.
This could be a cutout.

Philippe Pavard supplied the image below, of this item on a cover - again, it looks odd - the lack of any sort of perforations, and the appearance of scissor marks, suggest it could be a cutout.

10/21/16 - the owner wrote: is impossible to peel the label off with cold or warm water - in my opinion a cutout, with modern glue.

I did a Google Image Search for the design, and found that it was used for the US team badge for the 1932 Winter Games - image below-


"1932" with Olympic rings and (winged?) female figure in Greek robe on a plaque or urn.
(Image courtesy of the Olympic Games Museum.)

The source says this is a label (vignette), but I have not seen it in that form. It does have the Olympic rings. The same design is stamped in gold on the cover of the official report on the 1932 Lake Placid Winter Games:


And it turns out this was one of the official logos of the 1932 Winter Games, used on medals and tickets. I think 1932-x1 is the back side of a laminated plastic Bleacher Season Ticket, not a label or vignette - 2nd image.

BELOW: More tickets, and a Contestant's Medal.



1932W-x4 and Paraguay Scott 754

6/15/2020 - The first day cover above, for US Scott 716, showed up on eBay recently, and I saved the image, because the cachet looked like it *might* be a label, and a candidate for this page. When I fed it into Google's image search today, back came a link to a page with the stamp at right, from Paraguay, in 1963! The images are not just similar, they are IDENTICAL! What's up here? Granted, someone very helpfully stamped the note "ADD-ON" on the back of the cover, so it's possible the label was not put there until 1963, but still. Really?

The United States issued one postage stamp for the 1932 Winter Games.


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