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

1952 - XV Olympiad - Helsinki

Official Poster and Emblem for 1952 Games in Helsinki

Helsinki had been the runner-up for the 1940 Games, and *almost* hosted them that year when Japan bowed out, but World War II intervened. They had earned the right to host them, and were awarded the honor right after London, which had stepped into the breach in 1948. Note the poster they used, it's the same design as the one they picked for 1940.

The following poster stamps and labels were issued for the 1952 Games:

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.





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

#1952-01a & 01b


DuBois listing:

1. Above: VARDSKAPET FORPLIKTAR. Below: VANLIGHET VARDERAS (Swedish text: The host is under obligation, courtesy is appreciated);
Vignette: a man with a red heart on his coat,tipping his hat;
a) with pink face or
b) with gray face.
- 20x39mm, perf 11, gray-blue & red.

c) Same vignette as No.l but Finnish text:
Above: "ISANNYYS VELVOITTAA;" Below "YSTAVALLISYYS VALLOITTAA;" 27x39.5mm, perf 11, colors: light blue coat & hat, red heart, pink face & hands, red text

(1 a,b,c are Olympic publicity labels issued by Finnish Post Office)

DuBois says these were issued by the Finnish Post Office, but I can find no confirmation of that. THIS PAPER says they were part of a campaign to encourage courtesy and friendliness towards tourists during the Olympics - one wonders why that was deemed necessary!

Text translates "Hosting obligates, friendliness captivates."

Brochure cover below has the same image and text, and the Olympic rings.



DuBois listing:

2. A rectangular label:
"XV OLYMPIA / HELSINKI" below; Olympic rings and a tower, "1952" above. 17x26mm, imperforate, blue

I have never seen an actual label with this design. Could it be a cut-out of the cachet on the envelope above? Note the size he quotes - that's tiny, not even an inch tall! The cachet on this envelope is about that size.

12/02/17 - I found the image above on a Greek web site, and it fits the description, but DuBois says the item is imperforate, whereas this is perforated. Also, the perforations look too perfect. Is it a real stamp? The web owner does not provide contact data, so I cannot ask him.


2a. Same design as #2 but the Olympic rings are colored; and it is an air-label of larger size, 67x108mm

2/23/17 - The image above turned up in a recent Volk auction, with the description "Suitcase Label - 73 x 115 - ungummed" - DuBois gives the size of the vignette, while Volk gives it for the entire label, so this could be 1956-2a, though DuBois' comment that it is an air label is puzzling, especially since he does not have an image for it.

#1952- 03
DuBois listing:

3. In a circular border: "SUOMI 1952 FINLAND" - Olympic rings at bottom; vignette, in central circle: a tent and a flower. A 40mm round,imperf, round label, blue-green & orange, text & rings are black ... Rare

#1952- 04
DuBois listing:

4. German Fund Label: "DEUTSCHE OLYMPISCHE GESELLSCHAFT" Olympic rings (double-line drawn) "1952" above; "HELSINKI SPENDENMARKE 10 PFG" across bottom; vignette, in middle: a hand holding a flaming torch. 28x42mm, perf 10, green background,text & design white
a) green ... $3.00
b) dark green... $3.00
c) screen-print,green ... $15.00

DuBois identifies three color varieties: Green, dark green, and screen-print green. There is also a significant difference in the design of the third stamp vs the first two - look at the torches.

#1952- 05
DuBois listing:

5. "NEDERLANDSCH OLYMPISCH COMITE" at bottom; Olympic rings at top; vignette, in middle: a Netherlandic lion; thick-lined border,the latter and the design have rounded corners. 34x41 mm, perf 14, color: red-brown ... $7.50

#1952- 06
DuBois listing:

Vignette, in middle: Olympic fire in a brazier, supported by three columns. 26x36mm, roulette 6.5; colors: fire is red & yellow, brazier and columns are yellow with blue details, background is dull ultramarine, texts and margins are white ... $5.00

(For Olympic Progress; Swedish Free Sports Association)

Ukrainian "Government in Exile" Labels:

DuBois listing:

7. "1952" on Olympic rings above; under the latter, in an irregular frame: "UKRAINE NOCH NICHT DABEI!" to left; "L'UKRAINE EST ABSENT!" to right; "UKRAINE YET ABSENT" bel ow; Cyrillic text at top; under the frame: two rows of Cyrillic text. Vignette, within frame: two hurdlers and "10" 22.5x33.5mm; perf 10, brown texts & frame borders, outer background & "1952" are brown-gray, vignette background is apple-green; figures, rings, background of frame and "10" are white - $6.00

Nos. 8 to 14 are like No. 7 but of varying colors and vignettes; second color is that of vignette background:

8. Two soccer players & "15" - brown & turquoise-green
9. A ski-Jumper & "10" - gray & emerald-green

10. Three hockey players & "25" - gray-blue & light blue
11. Figure skaters & "15" - dark gray & mauve
12. Two biathlon skiers & "50" - lt. brown & pale blue
13. Horseman going over hurdle & "25" - gray-blue & lt. orange
14. Two sailboats & "50" - olive-drab & blue ... $6.00ea

15. Nos. 7 to 14, imperforate - $6.00ea

16. Nos. 7 to 14, tete-beche - $12.00ea

Note: Other colors of the above labels exist; such varieties seen to date include No.7 with a dull orange vignette bgrnd. & No. 10 with a gray outer bgrnd.

Note background color: dark gray

17. Souvenir sheet of nine(3x3) containing designs of Nos.7 to 14, with a ninth label in the center: the Republic's trident emblem with an ultramarine bgrnd. Texts in four borders: "XV (Olympia in Cyrillic) 1952" at top; "XV OLYMPIA 1952" at bottom; "L'UKRAINE OCCUPEE N'EST PAS PRESENT SUR OLYMPIADE 1952 - OCCUPIED UKRAINE NOT YET PRESENT AT OLYMPIA 1952" on left; "DIE UNTERJOCHTE UKRAINE NIMMT TEIL AN OLYMPIA 1952 (Cyrillic text) 1952" on right. Label frames are all dark gray, vignette bgrnds. are as in Nos.7 to 14 except those of Nos.10 (lilac) and 12 (blue-green). Texts in sheet borders are red. 10.0x14.Ocm (overall), perf 10 or perf 10.5
a) Perforated souvenir sheet ... $55.00
b) Imperforate souvenir sheet ... $55.00

Note: All of the above Ukrainian labels are watermarked.

Thanks to Peter Laimins for the images of 17a&b.
Visit his website about ice hockey stamps.

DuBois describes the background as "ultramarine" and here is an example of that, I think. Is the difference just a fluke?

Note the colors of the pairs in images 15 and 16 - some differ from the ones listed.

DuBois listing:

18. "MIT FLUGPOST PAR AVION" official Austrian flight label, above; "OLYMPIADE-SONDERFLUG WIEN-HELSINKI" below. Vignette, below: an airplane, Olympic rings and the Olympic fire. 40x36mm, imperf, blue background ... $5.00 (Special Olympiad flight - Vienna to Helsinki)

Cover below has imprint similar to this item.

2nd variety not in DuBois -
(Thanks to Philippe Pavard for pointing this out)
Vignettes 38x51mm

DuBois listing:

19. "SKYWAY TO THE OLYMPICS SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINE SYSTEM" at bottom; the vignette depicts the official Olympic flag, with correct colors and interlacing, atop the SAS flag; along the left edge of the flags,reading up: "OSLO 14/2-25/2 1952 HELSINGFORS 19/7-3/8" - to the right of the Olympic flag: a pale blue & white airliner; background color: varies gradually from a light blue at the bottom to a dark blue at the top. 38x52mm, imperforate, multicolored ... $6.00

New version - not in DuBois
Vignette 36x39mm

I asked Philippe Pavard, who supplied the images above, whether the third label might be a cutout from the first one - the design is the same as the top part of 1952-19a, and the size is correct - he replied "I think the third label is not a trimmed version of the larger label because the paper of the larger label is thicker and the colors of the backgrounds are different."

5/5/17 - Added the above labels to 1952 Winter page, as they belong there as well.

#1952- 20
DuBois listing:

20. "KESKIMAARIN 50 KPL" at top; beneath, a box on a coffee branch, on which: "OKA kahvia" olympic rings and a man with a coffee basket; a coffee mill below,on it: "0KA KAHVI OY" - below, in fine print: "PORIN TULITIKKUTEH-DAS OY" 31x53mm,an imperf match box label, multicolored ... $14.00 (Text is Finnish)

DuBois listing:

21. A Match-box Label: "HEHKUMATTOMIA TULITIKKUJA" across top; "KESKIM 50 TULITIKKUA" across bottom; vignette, centrally located: Olympic rings over a large "UKKO PRO OLYMPIA OSUUSTUKKUKAUPPA I.L." down panel. 51x31 mm, imperf,colors: panel background and upper & lower texts are gray- green; area outside panel and panel text are blue (except for lower line, OSUUST..., which is white),panel border and outer edge of label are white ... $11.00 (Printed on thin paper, the text is Finnish)

More Finnish matchbox labels with Olympic rings at bottom of page.

Nos. 22 & 23, below, appear to be matchbox labels and may be related to No.20, above, as texts are similar:

#1952- 22
DuBois listing:

22. Olympic rings above "KAHVI OY" at top; "PORIN TULITIKKUTENDA" down right side; "KESKIKAARIN 50 KPL" up right side; vignette: a man carrying a coffee basket, "OKA" in circle on right, "KAHVI OY" in ribbon at bottom of circle. 31x455mm (overall) ... Rare

#1952- 23
DuBois listing:

23. "KESKIMAARIN 50 KPL" across top; "PORIN TULITIKKUTEDAS Oy" across bottom; vignette: a coffee container with text on lid (OKA KAHVI OY etc) and on side (S.I.NAPPIA.etc). 30x52mm(overall) ... $14.00

("PORIN TULITIKKUTEHDAS" means "match factory of Pori,Finland", KAHVI means "coffee").

DuBois listing:

24. Finland - a matchbox label: "OLYMPIC 50's PRICE 13P" above; "OLYMPIC MATCH WORKS VETHILAIYURANI VIA SIVAKASI" below. Vignette: red Olympic rings below Olympic fire, in a triangle with yellow background. 28x40mm, imperf, background is deep violet, text is yellow ... $14.00

DuBois calls this Finnish, but the origin is India - "VETHILAIYURANI VIA SIVAKASI" does indeed look like Finnnish, but is a place in India; and the pricing is in Pence, so this label is British. I doubt it had any connection with an Olympic event.

4/21/18 - The second image above showed up on eBay. The design is identical to the label DuBois owned, but the text differs - instead of"OLYMPIC MATCH WORKS" this one says "EVEREST MATCH FACTORY." Again, I do not think it was issued in connection with any Olympiad, it was just capitalizing on the word.



#1952-25 to 29
DuBois listing:

25a. "Olympia-Figuren DER DEUTSCHEN SPORTJUGEND FUR HELSINKI 1952" above Olympic rings and below vignette. Vignette: a statue of a runner with baton. 45x79mm, perf 11.5, black ... $2.00

25b. Same as 25a but vignette depicts a statue of a man carrying the Olympic flag ... $2.00
25c. Same as 25a but vignette depicts a statue of a soccer player ... $2.00
25d. Same as 25a but vignette depicts a statue of a female diver ... $2.00
25e. Same as 25a but vignette depicts a statue of a gymnast ... $2.00
25f. Text only, as follows: "DEUTSCHLAND WIEDER DABEI" ... $2.00

Sheet: the six above labels are se-tenant on a sheet of six(3x2), PM4S ... $15.00

Texts: Olympic figures, German youth sports & Germany Again Present

26. Same as series 25 but green
27. Same as series 25 but red
28. Sane as series 25 but yellow
29. Same as series 25 but blue

The above colors sxist in various shades

International Exhibition of Sports Postage Stamps - March 19-30, 1952

#1952- 30
DuBois listing:

30. "C.O.N.I." [Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano = Italian Olympic Committee] at top; "MOSTRA INTERNAZIONALE DEL FRANCOBOLLO SPORTIVO ROMA 1952" (International Exhibition of Sports Postage Stamps) across bottom; vignette, between the two texts: the famous Roman statue of a she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus, Olympic rings with correct interlacing as on official Olympic flag (on side of pedestal which supports the statue); left & right sides have a decorative, leafy edging; printer's imprint, below design: "IPS-0FF. CARTE VALORI ROMA" 27x38mm, perf 14; colors: leafy edging and upper background are green; vignette, lower text panel and border-line around upper green portion are brown; texts and rings are white ... $1.00

Sheet Format: 40 copies per sheet (8x5), PM4S but perfs do not cross selvaged edges which vary in width from 9 to 16mm; the left selvage has a 7mm wide, decorative design; upper selvage (of seen sheet) has an upside-down typed number - "2622".

Overprint on 1952-30:
(Poster stamp meeting)

DuBois listing:

Postage Stamps:

Italy Sc. 599
Trieste (AMG-FTT) Sc. 143

1. An Italian stamp issued which commemorated the same occasion (First International Exhibition of Sports Stamps). This stamp depicts "Statues of an Athlete and the River God Tiber". The Italian text is identical to that on the above-discussed label, except for the initials C.O.N.I. Those initials indicate the National Olympic Committee of Italy issued the labels.
2. The "wolf-statue" appears on stamps of Italy which issued in 1929, 1944, 1945 & 1960.

Other Olympic Labels (featuring the "she-wolf" statue) in this catalog:
The following were issued for the 1960 Olympic Games, Rome:
1. A Private Advertising, block of four, in four languages. Issued by P.F.Rampacher to advertise his Catalog of Labels of the Olympic Games - #'s 4,5,6, & 7.
2. #'s 9 to 20, twelve different languages at bottom. The latter series are markedly similar to five Olympic Games' stamps issued by Italy in 1960.
3. #s 21 to 32, twelve different languages at top.
Several other such labels are individually listed in the "1960 - Rome" section of this catalog.

Labels below are not listed in DuBois

#1952-x1 and 2
Circular labels, "XV OLYMPIA 1952 above:
Central images - Olympic stadium in Helsinki and Finnish flag over Olympic flag.

These look like window labels/decals.
Source says luggage labels, diam=10cm = 4".


Olympic rings above, text below: 2 fr. TIMBRE OLYMPIQUE with "5" overprint on value.

The note that came with my copy of this stamp says "French Swimming Federation - Originally issued at 2 Francs to raise funds for French Swimming Federation in 1952. Surcharged 5 Francs and re-issued in 1953."

DuBois lists it as 1960-74, but Trory agrees with my source that the original label was for the 1952 Games. Whatever.

Not sure where I got this image (note to self: Keep Better Records!)
but it appears to show essays for rejected designs for the Italian stamp
issued in 1952 to honor the International Exhibition of Sports Stamps -
(see label 1952-30, above)
Olympic rings abound!
These are definitely not poster stamps, but still worth showing.

Here's the stamp that was issued.

Romanian Fund-Raising stamps


1952-x5a, b & d

a) 50B orange...
b) 1L dark blue
c) 1.50L green
d) 2L red
perf 13.5
Design 18x23mm

The text is in Romanian, and translates "Olympic stamp." These were a mystery when I found them on the www, but eBay seller "sova" from Romania told me they were issued for the 1952 Olympics, and agrees.

Missing an image of the 1.50L green.

1/19/17 - eBay seller maerkat sent scans of the relevant pages from the 2000 "Catalogul Timbrelor Fiscale Romanesti" by Mihai Cojocar and John Barefoot's 2003 "Bulgaria & Romania Revenues." Both list these stamps. Barefoot adds that the stamps were compulsory on some documents as a tax to aid the Romanian Olympic team.

XVII Jogos Abertos do Interior
Ribeirão Preto 1952

Open Interior Games, Brazil, 1952


The Open Interior Games have been held yearly in Brazil since 1936. They were created to promote athletics.

As far as I could tell, they have no direct connection with the Olympics, so the use of the Olympic rings here is dubious.



NKB = Nederlandse Kano Bond
Dutch Canoe Federation

Size: 55 x 32mm

Fly ... Northeast Airlines
Worcester, Mass. JULY 3,4,5

According to THIS PAGE, the year was 1951, so that confirms that these trials were in preparation for the 1952 Games.

37x38 mm (vignette)


Size unknown
Matchbox label?

Olympia Sko Københavns Fodtøjsfabrik
(Danish text)
Olympia Shoes - Copenhagen Footwear Factory

This looks like a Danish Maerkat label, and probably has no direct Olympic Games connection - no rings, and just "Olympia" - but it's attractive, so I am adding it here as a peripheral item. I am dating it arbitrarily.

Finnish Soft drink bottle label


Rectangle: 82x44.5mm, total: 90x55mm
Bluish label features the main stand of the Olympic Stadium, an Ancient style discus thrower, the Olympic rings in colour and the texts:


height 55 mm; width 89 mm
Olympia. Puhdas hedelmäjuoma
Kustantaja: Riihimäen Panimo

Olympia. Pure fruit drink
Riihimäki Brewery

Porin Juoma Oy

HERE's one on a bottle!


2/18/18 - two new varieties



4/6/18 - one more

All the same size.


Finnish coupon
Blue on white
Olympic rings at left beneath text "Hellas"
At right "2 pistettä / poäng"
Hellas - 2 points
Size: 57.5 x 42.5 mm 1952-x26


Philippe Pavard supplied the two images of front and back of this item. The text is in both Finnish and Swedish (both are official languages of Finland). The text on the back translates roughly as follows:

"Save this coupon! By collecting coupons you can participate in Hellas' big Olympia-ring board. Prizes include intraday tickets to the foremost Olympic events. Rules are available at all sellers of Hellas products. Save every time!"

So I would call this a peripheral item, but I like it!

6/15/17 - The Finnish eBay seller says "Hellas was the biggest candy company in Finland," with main factory in Turku. Images of Hellas chocolate HERE and HERE.

So I presume these were included inside packages of chocolate.


(Olympic rings)

Japanese (?) matchbox label
See image below.

Japanese matchbox label

"OLYMPIC" and rings, "1952" and Japanese text


Sold for $5.60

Poster stamp for first Mediterranean Games

and poster for event

Multicolor poster stamp
Arabic text at top - 1901
In center, map of the Mediterranean, with flags of the participating nations on poles rising from a sports stadium
de 5 á20 Oct.1951

I am including this here because the stamp (and poster) show the Olympic rings. These Games have continued to the present, and are conducted under the auspices of the IOC, so the Olympic connection is legitimate.

Finnish Beverage label
Ami Cola


At top right - Olympic rings; center - script - Ami Cola; at bottom - Loimaan O uttehdas Oy.; Vertically up right edge - TARJOILLAAN KYLMANA SERVERAS AVKYLD
Translation: Loimaa Factory Ltd.
SERVE COLD in Finnish and Swedish

Size about the same as the Olympic beverage labels above, 1952-x14.

I presume this exists without the rings as well, like the matchbox labels below.



Self-adhesive - 50th anniversary of Poster Stamp activity in Italy - 1902 to 1953

No size given

In Memory Of The 50th Anniversary Of The Activity Of Erinnofilia 1902 - 1953
Prize for Sports Stamp Show - Rome - 1952



National Olympic Committee of Italy / Vittorio de Silva, Milano / Triumph!

The Olympic connection here is subtle - it's the inscription on the coin.



DECAL - US Olympic Committee shield in red and blue with multi-colored rings, 'CONTRIBUTOR U.S. OLYMPIC FUND" across middle in four lines.

TEXT ON BACK: The United States Olympic Committee has issued these decalcomania transfers to help raise the fund to send the United States teams to the Olympic Games at Helsinki, Finland.

The front of this decal is the same as 1956-101, but the back clearly dates it to the time between 1948 and 1952. THIS IS THE ONLY US DECAL THAT SPECIFICALLY NAMES AN OLYMPIC VENUE!


It looks like the Finnish matchbox producers really tried to cash in on the Helsinki Olympics.
I have found fifteen labels with Olympic rings so far, many of which were simply earlier labels with the Olympic rings added
(e.g. the lion with sword, x10 and x11). DuBois listed five of them (above), here are many more, plus related labels.

#1952-x6 to 10, 10x, 15, 16, 28, 28xyz, 29

Other items - not really labels, but cute...

I am told this small glassine envelope
(120mm x 50mm) held an official badge.

#1952-x17 and 18
Razor blade wrapper and box!

Finland issued 4 semi-postal stamps for the 1952 Olympics.


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