POSTER STAMPS AND LABELS OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES

      INTRODUCTION

      STATISTICS

      UNSOLVED MYSTERIES

        SUMMER GAMES
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

1940 - XII Olympiad - Tokyo
(Cancelled)

Official poster for the 1940 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo

CLICK HERE for the text from the DuBois catalog about the cancelled Games of 1940 and 1944.

The 1940 Olympic Games were originally scheduled to be held in Japan, but Japan's war with China, and opposition from both within and without the country led Japan to withdraw in mid-1938. Finland was then awarded the Games.

Japan had already made significant preparations, including the selection of designs for posters and seals. The first 11 labels below were official designs that were actually produced. All are scarce.

8/14/19 - Our new accomplice, Olympic collector Akihiko Kanda of Tokyo, has very generously supplied translations of the Japanese text on all the labels on this page! Many thanks to Akihiko.

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.


!!!

DuBois listings:

Label Nos. 1 to 6, which follow, all have Olympic rings and the text "XII OLYMPIAD TOKYO 1940"

      SOLVED MYSTERIES!

      STILL MISSING

      ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

      UPDATE HISTORY

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

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

       OTHER TOPICS
      - U.S. OLYMPIC SHIELD DECALS
      - Workers' Olympics



1940-J-1

DuBois listing:

A rectangular label: "XII OLYMPIAD TOKYO 1940"; Text is black; above it, in usual multicolors, are the Olympic rings; 48x27mm, 57x33mm (overall), imperforate

Not much of a description - What color is the paper? Is there a border? Might be a matchbox label?


1940-J- 2

DuBois listing:

2. Flag of Japan, red & white, in center, in front of Olympic rings; text below. Three border-lines around edge of this oval-shaped label. 29x45mm, imperf, die cut, blue ... $53.00


1940-J-x5

NOT IN DUBOIS:

x5. Same size and design as 1940-J-2, but French text, and not die-cut - design is printed on white paper, and perfed. (5/13/19 - NEW FIND - Feldman auction, closes June 4-7, 2019!)

6/5/19 - OOOPS! Feldman points out that this is a modern fake. Sorry! 🤕


1940-J-3

DuBois listing:

3. Blue outline of a mountain, above rings in their usual multicolors. Text, below, and border line are black on this round label. 39mm diameter, imperf, die cut ... $40.00


1940-J-x6

NOT IN DUBOIS:

x6. Same size and design as 1940-J-3, but blue on white. (5/13/19 - NEW FIND - Feldman auction, closes June 4-7, 2019!)

6/5/19 - OOOPS! Feldman points out that this is a modern fake. Sorry! 🤕


1940-J- 4

DuBois listing:

4. A stylized cherry blossom, in pink & yellow, with rings in their usual multicolors, superimposed above blossom. 33.5x48mm, imperf, black text, gray background ... $39.00


1940-J- 5

DuBois listing:

5. Blooming cherry tree, on left; a pagoda, on right; text & rings above. 40x61 mm, imperf, multicolored ... $44.00


1940-J-6
Label above used on cover
HERE

DuBois listing:

6. A bridge with a mountain and rings in background; text below. 40x61mm, imperf, multicolored ... $40.00


1940-J- 7

DuBois listing:

7. An Esperanto Matchbox Label: In the left half: A green star in shadowy terrain, further below are Olympic rings and "2600" with Japanese writing. In the right half: "Lernt learn Laren Eder Imparate l' Apprenez l' Aprended el (Japanese text) ESPERANTO" 100x55mm, imperf, multicolored ... Rare

(text: "Learn" in 8 languages - "Esperanto")

(Note red "2600" in lower left = 1940 in Japanese Imperial Year system.)


 
1940-J-8 & 8x

DuBois listing:

8. "2600" among Japanese text, across top; Olympic rings, across middle; Japanese landscape, below. 27x17mm, perfed, multicolored ... Rare
(Printed in 1939, Japanese Government Savings Bureau)

06/25/2020 - Akihiko Kanda of Tokyo sent the image at right above, a new variety of this label, which I am numbering 1940-J-8x. The first version has a shrine with Torii at the bottom, while the new one has an image of Mt. Fuji.

{What was the significance of "2600" on labels 7 & 8?}

7/4/16 - Philippe Pavard informed us that "2600" is the year 1940 in the Japanese Imperial Year system. Add 660 to the Gregorian year to get the JIY.

HERE is this label used on the cover of a savings account book from the Olympic Committee Saving Association! (Image courtesy of Heiko Volk Auctions)



1940-J-9

DuBois listing:

9. A round label with an Olympic bell in the center. Japanese print around upper & lower edges, between two circular border lines. (Privately printed for the Osaka Savings Bank - now Kyowa Bank) ... Rare

Credit: Thanks to A. Sekimoto for info on Nos. 8 & 9 (Linn's Stamp News of January 14, 1980)

1940-J-9 (continued)

6/6/19 - Akihiko Kanda of Tokyo tells us:

This is an advertising label for Savings products of Osaka savings bank. The labels look like coins and are included in a wallet-type leaflet. The Japanese text around the upper edge means "Olympic commemorative savings", and lower edge is "Osaka savings bank". The Osaka Savings Bank became Kyowa bank in 1986, and is now Resona bank(since 2003). Japanese text below Olympic rings means "12th Olympic".
Not gummed - Size: Label 45mm diameter, Leaflet 70 mm x 105 mm

7/1/2019 - Akihiko sent the images above for 1940-J-9. We know now that the diameter of each circular label is 45mm, and that these labels were distributed with a paper "purse."

The text on the outside of the purse reads:
Let's save consumption!
and on the inside reads
Without omission / For your country / United cooperation / Wholeheartedly / 100 million people one heart / To save 10 billion yen... / To Osaka savings bank / Savings information / You can easily deposit and withdraw / Ordinary savings / Interest is high / Deferred savings / Accumulate automatically / Deposit savings

Many thanks to Akihiko, who is also supplying translations and explanations for all the Japanese matchbox labels on these pages.

POSSIBLE LABELS

(not in DuBois)

      
1940-J-x1 and x2

These are additional approved designs shown in the 1938 Japanese "Report of the Organizing Committee."
No printed examples have been seen, but they *could* exist.


NOT IN DUBOIS

The items listed from here on are legitimate labels that DuBois did not know about.

 
1940-J-x3
120mm x 28mm
4.7" x 1.1"
(thanks to Steve Payne for dimensions)
Soft-drink labels
On very thin paper, semi-translucent, a bit waxy - almost like onion skin.

The text at left is Japanese for "Olympic".
8/12/19 - Our new accomplice Akihiko Kanda tells us that he has seen a listing of these in a current Japanese auction, with this comment: "Labels of 1940 Tokyo Olympics Memorial drinks. The blue is for cider, the red is for lemonade. Because the Olympics were canceled, the labels were destroyed, but some survived." That makes much more sense than the prior description, which said they were candy labels. So these must have wrapped around the necks of soft-drink bottles. Wouldn't it be great if someone could find an example on the bottle! Thanks, Akihiko!

NOT IN DUBOIS

Mailing label
"XIIth OLYMPIC COMMITTEE OF THE GAMES OF TOKYO, 1940, MANTETSU BUILDING, TOKYO, JAPAN"


1940-J-x4

Official JOC Mailing label
Size (design portion) = 77x111 mm

HERE it is on a cover.



1940-J-x7
8/14/19 - (per Akihiko Kanda) - Created by the Japanese Government Savings Bureau along with 1940-J-8.

Olympic rings at top, black globe on blue background in middle
Japanese text -
皇紀2600年
オリムピック
記念郵便貯金

"2600 (1940) - OLYMPIC" in center, at bottom "Commemorative postal savings"
Size: vignette 18x24mm, overall 21x26 mm


06/17/2020 - 1940 TOKYO BUS AND TRAM TICKETS


1940-J-x8a

This image showed up on eBay, and the seller described it as "1940 Tokyo Olympics two similar serrated colour labels unused." The Olympic rings are there, but no date, so I sent it to my friend in Tokyo, Akihiko, and he replied with the very interesting and useful information at right.

These are tickets for tram and bus in Tokyo.
Left:ticket of tram
Right:ticket of bus
Both are used tickets.

The tram ticket was a round-trip ticket, and one could get on twice, but it was used only one-way.

The bus ticket is a one-way ticket with the left side of the image cut out.

Below, an unused tram ticket


1940-J-x8b

Half-ticket of tram
 第十二回国際オリムピック大会開催
 東京市決定記念自動車乗車券
To celebrate the decision that the 12th Olympic games will be held in Tokyo.

Half-ticket of bus
 金拾銭
10 sen (1sen=0.01yen)
; 東京市電気局
Electricity Bureau,Tokyo city
Complete ticket of tram:
第十二回国際オリムピック大会開催
東京市決定記念電車往復乗車券
To celebrate the decision that the 12th Olympic games will be held in Tokyo.
Tram round-trip ticket
金拾四銭
14 sen (1sen=0.01yen)
東京市電気局
Electricity Bureau,Tokyo city
降車券
Get off ticket
切取無効
Invalid if cut
06/25/2020 - 1940 LABEL


1940-J-x9

Golden kite(a kind of hawk),Olympic flag,flag of Japan,over globe
gold & 5 colors
Offset printing, perf.11
Imperial Japanese Year 2600 Tokyo Olympic Memorial Savings
12th Olympic games
Savings for the purpose of watching the 12th games expense.

See also 1940-J-x7, issued by same organizatio
(From a Yahoo Japan auction)


JAPANESE MATCHBOX LABELS
with Olympic rings and/or text

The matchbox labels shown here are images supplied mostly by French collector Philippe Pavard and eBay seller cathy-yip,
plus some I've found in various places around the www. Aside from the first group immediately below, they could date from as early as 1936,
the Berlin Games (and I have placed a few on that page) and as late as 1964, when Japan DID host the Games,
but I think most of them were created in connection with the cancelled Tokyo Games of 1940.

Remember, though, that Japan cancelled its commitment to host the 1940 Games in mid-1938.
Since Tokyo was awarded these Games in 1936, that leaves only a two-year period for all of these labels to be issued.
Clearly the Japanese were excited about the prospect!

(8/14/19 - Translations of the Japanese text on the labels below courtesy of Akihiko Kanda of Tokyo - many thanks to Akihiko.)


Winter sports - Winter Games - Sapporo
I am putting these here, rather than on the 1940 Sapporo page, to keep all the matchbox labels together.
The first has the year "2600" in the traditional Japanese calendar, which translates to 1940, and mentions Hokkaido;
the next three show winter sports; and the last mentions Sapporo, with a silhouette map of Hokkaido in the background.

 

mbl-j01
VTH OLYMPIC
WINTER GAMES
2600 (1940) HOKKAIDO
岩内停車場通 = Iwanai Station Street (Iwanai is a town in Hokkaido)
カフェー ツバメ = Café "Tsubame" (Swallow)
T. 219

This is a strange one, to me.
That very stylized athlete looks like a pole vaulter or gymnast, and those are hardly winter sports!

3/1/2020 - Philippe Pavard pointed out that the figure is an ice hockey player. Of course!

#mbl-j02
skier
(no text)

12/22/18 - j02 sold for $60

#mbl-j03
ice skater
(no text)

11/3/19 - j03 sold for $22

#mbl-j101
Ice skater

Advertisement for a lottery by the Bank of Tokyo

(text and translation here)

#mbl-j167

Olympic rings over silhouette of Hokkaido
COFFEE & LUNCH, OLYMPIA, SAPPORO MINAMI 3 NISHI 4, TEL.3618
福松堂製 = Made by "Fukushodo"

10/13/18 - j167 sold for $13


Summer sports - these look like they could be part of a set, though the figure in the last one is of a different style.

#mbl-j04

#mbl-j05

#mbl-j06

#mbl-j07


2/8/19 - sold for $15.60


#mbl-j08

#mbl-j09


More summer sports.

#mbl-j10
Not explicitly Olympic - just sports
フタパ運動用品店 // 佐野駅前
Futaba sports supplies shop // Sano station square
An eBay seller said this dates from the 1964 Games, so I have listed it there too, as 1964-x10. You decide.


#mbl-j11

10/27/18 - Sold for $20


#mbl-j150
7/15/18


#mbl-j12


#mbl-j13
ヒット
本店 岡山野田屋町
支店 倉敷市御幸町
"Hit"
Head office: Nodaya-cho, Okayama City
Branch: Miyuki-cho,Kurashiki City


#mbl-j184
6/17/19 - did NOT sell at $9.99, so the seller relisted it at $30! It still did not sell :-(


#mbl-j14
若島
興可郎
京町一丁目
電話24 二一五七
Wakashima
Koukarou
1-Chome,Kyomachi
TEL:24-2157


#mbl-j15
オリンピック
大写真貼
Olympic
Large photo book


#mbl-j16
川村の自転車
特約販売店
成田商会
Kawamura's Bicycle
Exclusive dealer
Narita company


#mbl-j17


#mbl-j18


#mbl-j109
"自園果実
食料品
雑貨"
南七西十三
鍵屋商店

Own garden fruit, Groceries, Miscellaneous goods
South 7 - West 13
Kagiya store

(added 6/11/2017)


#mbl-j113
(added 8/12/2017)


#mbl-j113a
4/12/18


#mbl-j122
(added 10/09/2017)
12/22/18 - sold for $50


#mbl-j122a
小松遊郭内
ツルヤ食堂
電話六〇六番
Address (in Komatsu red-light district)
Restaurant "Tsuruya"
TEL:606
(Komatsu is a city of Ishikawa prefecture)
4/12/18

I oriented j122 based on the rings, and 122a based on the text. If the sport depicted is the Long Jump, the 2nd one works.



The ones below are all ads for tea houses, restaurants, etc.

#mbl-j19
サロン
オリムピック
門司内堀川町
salon
Olympic
Moji-Uchihorikawacho
(Moji is city name in Fukuoka Prefecture.Kyushu)
An eBay seller said this dates from the 1964 Games, so I have listed it there too, as 1964-x10. You decide.



#mbl-j20

1940年
麻雀
中央荘
函館市大門前

Year 1940
Mahjong
Chuo-sou
Daimon-mae,Hakodate city

Akihiko commented: "Mahjong is a chinese table game. Hakodate-city is in Hokkaido, so I think this was from 1940 Sapporo Winter games(cancelled)."


#mbl-j21
(秀)
丸秀食品
東京 上野
Maruhide
Maruhide food company
Ueno,Tokyo
("Maru" means a circle.)


#mbl-j22
アヤチ or アヤヂ
猪飼野電停前北側
Ayachi or Ayaji
the front of Ikaino-station,North side
(Ikaino was a place name in Osaka city)


#mbl-j23

Ad for a theater performance in Takarazuka city in Hyogo prefecture
Based on a Wikipedia Japan page about the theater, Akihiko says this must date from the 1932 Games.

(text and translation here)


#mbl-j24

"アイスクリーム
ソーダ水
みつまめ
餅菓子
お食事"
三好野
清洲橋通り

"Ice cream Soda water Fruits dessert Rice cake Meal"
"Miyoshino"
"Kiyosu-Bashi-Dori"



#mbl-j25
"祝
オリムピック東京招致"
大森
フランスヤ
"Congratulations Olympic Tokyo Invitation"
"Omori"
"France-ya"
("Omori" is a place name in Tokyo. There is a bakery with the same name in Omori, Tokyo, now.)



#mbl-j26
喫茶
ジャムプ
"青山五丁目
明治神宮前"

Café
Jamp
Aoyama 5-chome front of Meiji Jingu
("Aoyama 5-chome" is a place name in Tokyo. "Meiji Jingu" =Meiji Shrine the famous Shinto shrine in Tokyo)



#mbl-j27
"京
河原町
竹屋筋"
マルゼン製
"Kyoto" "Kawaramachi" "Takeya-suji"
Made by "Maruzen"



#mbl-j28

オリムピック
喫茶店
公園前
電中一三二七番

Olympic
Café
front of the park
Tel.1327



#mbl-j29
喫茶ト酒
"海の日本
世界の"
キャプテン
"神奈川
白幡町八〇〇"

Café and Bar
"Japan is a country surrounded by the sea. Of the world"
Captain
"Shirahata-cho 800,Kanagawa"


#mbl-j30


#mbl-j30a
4/12/18




#mbl-j31
オリンピック理髪所
"元町二丁目三〇七
(上海床跡)"
Barber OLYMPIC
"Motomachi-2chome 307 (Shanghai-Doko-Ato)"
This probably indicates that the restaurant was open at the site of a barber shop located in Yokohama or Kobe's Chinatown.


#mbl-j32

カフェー
オリンピック
台中市若松町四丁目五番地
電一二七八番

Café
OLYMPIC
"Wakamatsucho-2chome 5, Taichu-city"
Tel:1278
"Taichu" is a city name during the Japanese rule, and now it is Taichung city in Taiwan.


#mbl-j33
7/7/19 - NOT A MATCHBOX LABEL - a New Year postcard.
Look at the size of the text - that would be too small to read at matchbox-label size!
Text and translations here


#mbl-j34
オリンピック
名古屋駅前 アロハ街
OLYMPIC
Aloha Street,the front of Nagoya station


#mbl-j35
銀座交差点際
オリムピック支店
電・銀座(57)1497
at the Ginza crossing
OLYMPIC branch
Tel:Ginza(57)1497
12/22/18 - sold for $9


#mbl-j36
"食事
喫茶"
中区太田町一ノ十一
オリムピック
Meal and café
Otamachi 1-11 ,Naka-ku city
OLYMPIC


#mbl-j37
ビクターの
ランチ
定食 A B
Victor's
Lunch
set menu A,B


#mbl-j38
ビクターの
洋食
お菓子と食料品
Victor's
Western meal
Sweets and groceries


#mbl-j38a
ビクターの
ランチ
和洋御菓子
Victor's
Lunch
Japanese and Western Sweets


#mbl-j39
浅草美人座
"明眸禍
全く明眸禍あり"
"Asakusa Bijin-za"
"Meibouka"
Asakusa is a place name in Tokyo. Bijin means Beautiful women. Meibouka means "A beautiful woman has a short life.


#mbl-j40
先づ健康へ!
さんば
堀田リサノ
九條警察署前
"電西3980番
サンクハナシ"
Let's be healthy first!
Midwife
"Hotta Risano"
the front of Kujo police station
"Tel:West 3980 "sankuwanasi"
"Kujo" is a place name in Kyoto. The red letters are a set of words to memorize phone numbers, and the meaning is "No birth pain."


#mbl-j43
喫茶 和洋酒
"サモロ本館
サモロ別館
太閤
ボン"
Café and sake,liquor
"Samoro" "Samoro" annex "Taiko" "Bon"


#mbl-j88

カフェー
洋食ト喫茶
オリムピック
愛電道徳駅西

Café
Restaurant and Café
OLYMPIC
"West of the DOUTOKU station
(Aichi Electric Railway)"
Address in Nagoya city
Aichi Electric Railway is a railway company that existed until 1935. Currently it is Nagoya Railroad Co.,Ltd."



#mbl-j41
浅草森下緑マッチ製
Made by "Asakusa Morishita Midori Match"


#mbl-j42


#mbl-j126


#mbl-j45 thru j62
Text and translations here


#mbl-j52a
4/12/18
Text differs from J52 in group image immediately above.
Text and translation here


#mbl-j63 thru j87
Text and translations here



#mbl-j89

山陰 倉吉
カフェー
ロイド

Kurayoshi-city, Sanin district
Café
Roido

9/15/18 - Sold for $49


#mbl-j90

12/21/16 - The eBay auction where I found this image said it was Japanese, and Olympic - I assume the seller thought it depicted the Olympic torch. But I found out today that this label is Chinese, and the text just says "TORCH MATCHES, Fu Chow Match Factory."
So it has no Olympic connection.


#mbl-j91

オリンピック協賛
冨士アイス
東京駅名店街
"有楽町駅 日比谷口店
     中央口店"

Olympic sponsorship
Fuji Ice
Famous shop street,Tokyo station
"Hibiya exit and Center exit, Yurakucho station"


#mbl-j102

クラブ
オリンピック

Club
Olympic


#mbl-j103

No Olympic rings, but the diver and the name are enough for me.

"一家一冊明るい家庭
一校一冊スポーツ浄化"
予約特価 六円
文部省構内
社団法人
帝国公民教育協会

"Make a bright family with one book per family. Purify sports with one book per school."
Reservation special price 6 yen
Ministry of Education campus
Japan Imperial Education Association


#mbl-j93

美髪の殿堂
名取分店
峯山理髪館
神田今川橋電停際
電話浪花(67)〇一九八番

Hall of Fame of the beautiful hair
Branch of Natori
Barber MINEYAMA
side of Kanda-Imagawabasi Station
TEL:Naniwa(67)0198

Kanda-Imagawabasi and Naniwa were addresses in old Tokyo



#mbl-j94 thru j100a
BEST SAFETY MATCHES at top, horse in profile leaping through Olympic rings at center, Chinese text at bottom. Red and black on white paper.
6/13/18 - added j100a

8/16/19 - Akihiko Kanda supplied translations of the text on all of these. They are all the names of the manufacturers - Tottori/Nichirin/Japan/Kobe Match Co. - and Akihiko points out that none of these companies existed before 1946, so none of these really belongs on this page. I think the use of the Olympic rings was just a gimmick, and they had no connection to the Games, per se. Still, they make a nice display. :-)


#mbl-j106

冨士屋食堂
"池袋二ノ一一三二
立教通"

Restaurant FUJIYA
Rikkyou-Dori,Ikebukuro 2-1132


#mbl-j107
3/18/17

マルヤス
白鹿
竜山三角地

Maruyasu
Hakushika = White Deer
Yongsan-Samgakji (Seoul).

"White Deer" is a famous Japanese sake brand.


#mbl-j108
6/11/17



#mbl-j111
6/11/17
Olympic rings and text

Advertisement for a lottery by the Bank of Tokyo

(text and translation here)


#mbl-j110
6/11/17

リハツ
--------
ニノミヤ

Barber
--------
NINOMIYA



#mbl-j112
6/11/17

WINTER GAMES, SAPPORO


#mbl-j114
8/11/17
オリンピック
福井駅前

Olympic
front of Fukui station


#mbl-j124
8/11/17



#mbl-j115
8/11/17

福井
晴月
電2445

Fukui
SEIGETSU
Tel:2445


#mbl-j116
8/21/17

純喫茶
アテネ
都島交叉点
大阪十三不二マッチ製造

café
ATENE (Athens)
Miyakojima crossing
Made by Osaka Jusou Match

Note similarity to mbl-j49, at right


#mbl-j049
10/28/16

純喫茶
アテネ
都島交差点前

Pure Café
Athens
At the front of "Miyakojima" crossing

This is also in the group above, "mbl-j45 thru j62"


#mbl-j121
09/26/17



#mbl-j123
8/11/17


#mbl-j132
NOT OLYMPIC
3/23/18
The eBay seller called this an Olympic label, but it is not. In the first place, there are only four rings. AND the text, contrary to that eBay listing, says nothing about the Olympics.

TEXT & translation:
輪一
電本一九一五番
京城朝鮮商工新聞社事業部製
One Ring - 1915 - Seoul
Made by Korean Business & Industry Newspaper


#mbl-j132 (continued)

Akihiko explains:
The top 2 characters can read either Right-to-Left or Left-to-Right, and these are the shop name. Basically, in Japanese sentences, the reading direction is unified in one document. Since the lower line is Right-to-Left, the top is also presumed to be Right-to-Left.

If Right-to-Left, it means "one Ring" or "Single flower" . A single flower is likened to a woman.

If Left-to-Right, it means "one Ring" - most Japanese will think that it is a male name.



#mbl-j131
3/11/18

#mbl-j133
3/31/18

#mbl-j125 a thru n
Text and translations here

#mbl-j137
4/7/18

#mbl-j138
4/9/18

#mbl-j139
4/9/18


#mbl-j140
4/12/18

#mbl-j141
4/12/18

#mbl-j143
4/12/18

#mbl-j145
6/13/18

#mbl-j146
7/9/18

#mbl-j147
7/9/18
"1940 TOKYO"


#mbl-j148
7/9/18

#mbl-j149
7/9/18

#mbl-j151
7/22/18

#mbl-j152
7/22/18

#mbl-j153
7/22/18
! "BARBER ORIMPIC" !

#mbl-j154
7/22/18


#mbl-j75a and 75b
7/22/18
These are varieties of the label (j75) in center of page of labels above, #mbl-j63 thru j87 - the style of the text differs, and rings are colored differently


#mbl-j156
7/29/18

#mbl-j157
7/29/18

#mbl-j158
8/10/18

Sold for $31


#mbl-j159
8/10/18

Sold for $33


#mbl-j160
8/10/18

Sold for $46



#mbl-j161
9/9/18

#mbl-j162
9/9/18

Sold for $17


#mbl-j163
9/9/18
This one is borderline - the rings are not in the proper configuration, and the word "Olympic" is nowhere to be seen, but I like the name - "Saloon Whoopee!"

#mbl-j164
9/9/18

Note similarity to j52 and j52a - but the Olympic rings in the flag instead of the red Japanese sun symbol, and much different text.

Sold for $29


#mbl-j165
10/7/18

Sold for $13


#mbl-j166
10/7/18

Sold for $11



#mbl-j168
10/7/18
喫茶とお食事の店
  オリンピック
  千日前南海通 電戎一二四〇
Restaurant and Cafe
Olympic
Sennchi-mae Nankai Street Tel.Ebisu 1240
(Same coffee shop as mbl-j197)

Sold for $14


2/8/19 - sold for $42.55!


#mbl-j169
10/7/18
Sold for $11


2/8/19 - sold for $46.66!


#mbl-j170
10/24/18

Note the bell that Germany used as the symbol of the 1936 Berlin Games.
THIS SOLD FOR $111.39!


#mbl-j171
10/24/18

Sold for $26


#mbl-j172
10/24/18

Sold for $21


#mbl-j173
10/28/18

Sold for $36
1/11/19 - sold for $5.50


#mbl-j178
12/17/18

Sold for $15.60



#mbl-j175
11/08/18
Sold for $32


#mbl-j80
12/05/18
I did not notice at first that this is label 80, in the fourth row of the page of labels above, #mbl-j63 thru j87.

Sold for $15.60



#mbl-j179
12/17/18

12/22/18 - Sold for $15.60




#mbl-j44
皆様の休憩室
喫茶
黒金
"西区堀通ノ六
黒金橋南詰角"
Your restroom
Café
"Kurogane"
"Hori-Dori" street 6,Nishi-ku city at the corner of the south side of "Kurogane-bashi" Bridge."
"Nishi-ku" is the name of administrative division in Osaka. "Kurogane-bashi" is the name of the bridge that spanned the canal that was in Osaka."

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#mbl-j73

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These three have the same layout and coloring, but the text is clearly different.


#mbl-j104

キャバレー
赤玉
舞鶴八幡通
電二七六番

cabaret
AKATAMA or AKADAMA
Yahata-Dori,Maizuru
TEL:276
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#mbl-j105

喫茶とお食事
オリンピック
千日前南海通
電戎一二四〇

Nankai-Dori,Sennichi-mae
TEL:Ebisu1240

This one and the next are almost identical, but look closely, the style of the text differs slightly, and the rings are thinner on the second one.


#mbl-j176

Sold for $6.50 - 12/1/18
11/27/18


#mbl-j174
11/08/18

Sold for $48



#mbl-j177
11/27/18

Sold for $29 - 12/1/18



#mbl-j188
08/14/19
喫茶と食事
オリムピック
公園前
電中一三二七

café and restaurant
Olympic
the front of park
TEL:1327


#mbl-j180
01/09/19

"開店満五週年記念
大勉強致します
七五三御返礼の節
は是非勉強の"
岡田屋へ

5th anniversary of the opening of the store. Sale on gifts for the "7-5-3" event
Let's go to "Okadaya"

"7-5-3" is an event to celebrate the growth of children in Japan. Boys are 5 years old and girls are 3 and 7 years old.

THIS IS AN ODD ONE - LOOK AT THE BACKGROUND - it has a grid - the label was printed on graph paper! An economy move? But The Great Depression had little effect in Japan, and none of the other labels here shows such frugality.
A mystery.
Perhaps it had to do with what the store sold.

Sold for $8.60


#mbl-j181
02/11/2019


#mbl-j182
04/11/2019

加茂 佐藤写真館出張所
電話四五番
ミツワ食堂
湯ノ浜温泉

"Sato" photo studio branch office at "Kamo"
Tel:45
Restaurant "Mitsuwa"
"Yunohama" hot springs

4/13/19 = sold for $20.60


#mbl-j183
04/11/2019

カフェー
カホル
湯ノ浜温泉
電話四一番

Café
"Kaoru"
"Yunohama" hot springs
Tel:41

4/13/19 = sold for $19.10


#mbl-j184
06/17/19 - did not sell at $9.99


#mbl-j185
06/17/19 - did not sell at $9.99
IS THIS AN OLYMPIC LABEL? The circles could be meant to represent the five rings - they are the correct colors!


#mbl-j85a
06/17/19 - sold for $11
This is a new version of j85, in the bottom row of the page of labels #mbl-j63 thru j87 - no text on this one.


#mbl-j186

BARBER
ヒラヤマ
目黒三田(春日湯前)
渋谷向山(大盛湯隣)
Hirayama
Meguro-Mita (in front of public bath"Kasuga-Yu")
Shibuya-Mukaiyama (next to public bath "Oomori-Yu")
(2 branches)

06/17/19 - sold for $23.54!


#mbl-j187
04/11/2019

06/17/19 - sold for $4.99


06/18/2020 - THE 12 LABELS BELOW WERE ALL JAN-MAY 2020 OFFERINGS ON EBAY AND DELCAMPE


#mbl-j189
06/18/2020
記念
皇紀二千六百年

オリムピック

Commemorative
"Imperial Japanese Year 2600 =1940"
prize
Olympic


#mbl-j190
06/18/2020
  紀元二千六百年
  祝
  ”オリムピック”来る  

Imperial Japanese Year 2600 (1940)
Celebration
"Olympic" will come


#mbl-j191
06/18/2020
MARUJU PHARMACY
That looks a bit like the Olympic Stadium in Los Angeles, so this *might* date from 1932.
Note similarity to mbl-j89.

#mbl-j192
06/18/2020
This is an old Japanese font, equivalent to English cursive.
When expressed in modern fonts, it looks like this:
  割烹旅館
  東京館
  電 生駒一〇三

Hotel and Restaurant
Tokyo-kan
Tel.Ikoma 103…….
Ikoma is a place name in Osaka.


#mbl-j193
06/18/2020
TEAROOM
ORYMPIC
OTSUSHI NAKAMACHI - TEL.158

"OTSUSHI" means "Otsu-City" and is in Shiga-Prefecture.


#mbl-j194
06/18/2020


#mbl-j195
06/18/2020
オリンピア
 宮崎市松山町

Olympia
Matsuyamacho, Miyazaki-city,Miyazaki-Prefecture


#mbl-j196
06/18/2020
TEAROOM OLYMPIC - WAKAYAMA

#mbl-j197
06/18/2020
  喫茶とお食事
  オリンピック
  千日前南海通 電戎 一二四〇  

Restaurant and Cafe
Olympic
Sennchi-mae Nankai Street Tel.Ebisu 1240


#mbl-j198
06/18/2020
茶房 オリムピア
  三条寺町西 
Tea room Olympia
Teramchi Nishi, Sanjo
(Sanjo is a place name in Kyoto.)

THIS LABEL IS IDENTICAL WITH mbl-j170, ABOVE, except "KYOTO" instead of "TOKYO" and there is no "1940."
See next label as well.

Akihiko Kanda, who supplied all of the translations on this page, observed as follows: Probably the 1936 Berlin Olympics triggered the creation of 198 and 199. And 1940 Tokyo was selected, so I think they made 170.
Very clever, and I agree!


#mbl-j199
06/18/2020

See mbl-j198 for translation and comments - identical except for colors


#mbl-j200
06/18/2020
喫茶とお食事の店
  オリンピック
  国益社マッチ部納  
Restaurant and Cafe
Olympic
Delivered by Kokueki-sha Matchibu (Match maker)

Note similarity to labels 168, 168a; it's the same coffee shop.


MATCHBOX LABELS WITH "OLYMPIC" BUT NO RINGS

All but the last one of these are Japanese. The ones with a ship could date from the late 1930's, I am told.
The last is Korean - the runner is a nice touch.
I consider them all peripheral items - i.e., I doubt they were issued for specific Games.


#mbl-j117
09/14/17

オリムピック
"芝浜松町駅前
東海社製
電芝七五四番"

Olympic
"Front of Hamamatsucho station,Shiba Made by TOKAI-SHA Tel:Shiba754"


#mbl-j155
07/25/18

#mbl-j118
09/14/17

オリムピック
"芝浜松町駅前
東海社製
電芝七五四番"

Olympic
"Front of Hamamatsucho station,Shiba Made by TOKAI-SHA Tel:Shiba754"


#mbl-j119
09/14/17

オリムピック
支店
銀座交差点際
電銀座(57)一四九七

Olympic
branch
Side of Ginza crossing
Tel:Ginza(57)1497


#mbl-j128
12/22/17

#mbl-j120
09/14/17


真の洋食は
是非
オリムピック
"支店 銀座二丁目
電話"
"支店 銀座五丁目
電話"

Genuine Western Restaurant
Coffee
Olympic
"branch Ginza 2-chome
Tel"
"branch Ginza 5-chome
Tel"

(The text in quotation marks is the same as on the label to the left, and is the phonetic Japanese for "Olympic.")


#mbl-j135
4/7/18

#mbl-j136
4/7/18

#mbl-j127
12/22/17

#mbl-j129
02/07/18

#mbl-j130
02/17/18

#mbl-j142
4/12/18

#mbl-j144
5/30/18

#mbl-k1
09/14/17

Korean restaurant
Text at top is in Japanese:
西洋料理 = "Western cuisine"
text at bottom is Korean:
오린 픽 = Olympic


If you can date any of these labels more accurately, please email me - see bottom of page for address.


PERIPHERAL ITEMS

(not quite within the limits of this collection, but certainly appealing)

The two items below were listed in a recent Heiko Volk Auction - the first he describes as

"Color. ill. Advertising sticker (79 mm) made of cardboard without gum. Stylis. Oly.-rings / flag / map - From a sock company"

and the second (both sides shown), as "Color. ill. Advertising vignette (84 mm) of a Japanese Menswear Company"

 . . . .  
1940-J-p1 and p2

8/19/19 - Akihiko Kanda supplied the following information about the above items:

mbl-p1
旗御代 = "Hatamiyo"
"Hata" means Flag, "miyo" means the His majesty's years.
I think this is probably for a flag dealer.
This is before 1945 as the red area on the map includes places under the Japanese rule (South Sakhalin , Korean peninsula, and Taiwan)."

mbl-p2
最高級
"愛国健康服の特徴
一、染色は堅牢染ですから変色しません
一、品質 耐久力は常に研究し通学服地として最高級品であります
一、仕立は御誂品より一段と入念に縫製して居り寸法も着心地良く出来て居ります
一、価格は製織縫製共に近代的優秀設備にて合理的に大量生産をして居りますので廉価です
一、此の製品に付て御不審御不満の点がありましたら御申出下さい 御取替も致します"

top quality
"Characteristics of Patriotic Health Clothing Dye is a fast dye and does not discolor. Quality Durability is always studied and is the highest grade for school clothes. Tailoring is done more carefully and the dimensions are also comfortable to wear Price is cheap because both weft and sewing are rationally mass-produced with modern excellent equipment. Please contact us if you have any doubts about the suspicious product attached to your product.We will also replace the product."


FAKE LABELS

I found these on the www recently, and wanted to make sure no one thinks they are authentic labels from 1940 - they are modern fantasies - total fakes.

 
#1940 Tokyo - FAKES


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