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

1960 - XVII Olympiad - Rome
Aug. 25-Sept. 11


Official Poster, Official Emblem, and Alitalia Poster for 1960 Games in Rome

1960 is considered by many a pivotal Games of the modern era. Taking place at the height of Cold War tensions between the US and the USSR, it still managed to entertain and impress, and to establish the Olympics as a valued fixture of post-WWII world society. Among its particular distinctions are wins by black athletes Muhammad Ali (still Cassius Clay at the time), Rafer Johnson, Wilma Goldean Rudolph, and Abebe Bikila; and the first TV broadcast of the Games in North America.

N.B. - Contributions to these pages are welcomed.
If you can supply images (300dpi scans) of the actual label for any that are missing below,
or better images or information, please send to:





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

The following poster stamps and labels were issued for the 1960 Games in Rome:

Click on any image below to open an enlarged version in a separate window/tab

DuBois # Dubois images Images of actual label(s) DuBois description
TEXT IN COURIER FONT is from DuBois Catalog.
Text in other fonts is this author's.


1958-1 thru 7
Penza & Penza - both 1958
Penza-1958 & Amur-1962
Amur-1962 & Baikal-1966
Baikal-1964 & Kirov-1958
Kirov-1958 & Tomsk-1958

1958 - Russian Trials [sic]

Matchbox labels were issued to commemorate some Olympic trials held in Tomsk, Siberia, U.S.S.R., as follows:

1. An athlete in a kayak
2. A Javelin thrower
3. A weight lifter
4. A discus thrower
5. A runner breaking a finish-line tape
6. Two fencers
7. Two bicyclists

Details & text are black, background is lilac

1a-7a, same as 1-7 but green background
1b-7b, same as 1-7 but red background
1c-7c, same as 1-7 but green on yellow paper
(1st three, above-listed sets are on white paper)

I can find no confirmation that these were released in connection with Olympic trials in Tomsk. I found several versions, each inscribed with the name of a different city and factory, and with dates from 1958 to 1968, including a set manufactured in Tomsk, so I think they are merely generic sports labels. The first three shown are from Penza, and match the DuBois listing.

Five factories on a total of five dates are known. All are shown, with additional colors not mentioned in DuBois.

I was able to find no records of when and where the USSR *did* hold its trials for the 1960 Olympics.

LATER: I found this excellent website about Russian matchbox labels - It's in Russian, but with Google and other online translators to help, that's no obstacle - its author agrees with me that these are simply generic sports labels.

Text on the ones from Penza:

Penzensky SNH - Factory "Victory" - Standard 1820-56
SNH was a Soviet administration for industry. GOST was a set of technical standards for industrial production. All the labels shown were produced in accordance with standard 1820-56.


Complete set with box



1958-x1 - a Latvian matchbox label

Olympic torch and rings in blue and yellow against a red background.

"JEUX OLYMPIQUES" on a backwards-L-shaped ribbon

I found the image of the Olympic label on eBay, then looked around and found the complete set on, where I learned that it was issued in 1958. It is described as a "Latvia Souvenir Series celebrating Physical culture and sports of the USSR," and produced by the Baltika Combine.

Six of the labels - the black ones - depict specific sports, while the other six - the red and yellow ones - pay tribute to sports organizations.

The mixture of Russian and French text strikes me as odd.


1959-1 thru 9


1959 - Russian Trials

Matchbox Labels to Commemorate U.S.S.R. Olympic Trials (II):
1. A diver about to leave a diving board, three other divers standing by
2. A discus thrower
3. Two boxers in a boxing-ring
4. Three basket-ball players
5. Four soccer players
6. Two wrestlers
7. Three hurdlers
8. Three runners, at start of a race
9. Four bicyclists

Tan & dark blue, with background either tan or dark blue

1a-9a, same as 1-9 but light orange & dark blue
1b-9b, same as 1-9 but green & yellow
1c-9c, same as 1-9 but brown-red & pale orange

(All four, above-listed sets are on white paper)

The colors shown are the only ones I have seen, and I would describe 1a-9a as orange and teal blue.

DuBois is at least partly in error calling these "Olympic trials." They were "Spartakiads," or "Peoples Games," with a tradition within the USSR of opposition to the Olympics in favor of "proletarian egalitarianism" - the Olympics were seen as elitist and corrupt. Then in 1952 the USSR joined the Olympic movement, and by 1959 the Spartakiads may have had a function as Olympic trials, but they were still much more - Wikipedia article HERE

1959-10 thru 14

Matchbox Labels Commemorating U.S.S.R. Olympic Trials:

10. A broad jumper
11. A high jumper
12. A bicyclist
13. A discus thrower
14. A tennis player

Black & green figures, vignette text is white, outer text & background are green

10a-14a, same as 10-14 but blue replaces green color

(Both sets are on white paper)

Again, these are for the Second Peoples Games, a Spartakiad. See preceding entry, 1959-1 to 9

1959-15 thru 20

1959 - Russian Trials

Matchbox Labels Commemorating U.S.S.R. Olympic Trials (2):

15. A shotputter, with flag-bedecked stadium in background
16. Two wrestlers, with ring in background
17. Two runners, on a track
18. A boxer
19. An archer, with a big "2" in background
20. A javelin thrower, with clouds in background

Figures are dark-blue & white, small texts are dark-blue, larger texts are either dark-blue or white on a dark-blue background, main background is blue

15a-19a, same as 15-19 but main background is turquoise-green (Both sets are on white paper)

Second Spartakiad - I found MANY more labels commemorating
these "Peoples Games" - matchbox labels are a perilous area to explore!



1. "OLYMPIADE 1960 ROM" in circular border.
Vignette: Olympic rings and a torch, within a thin, circular border.
A round, 34mm diameter, die cut label.

White text on
e)blue backgrounds
f)gold on blue background ... $2.00ea

(See label No. 60 for another version of No. 1f)

PERF 12.5

DuBois version - PERF 12.5

PERF 10.5 - not mentioned by DuBois
Approximate dimensions: 90x80mm (as shown)

Perfs through margins (PERF 14) and Imperf
(Neither mentioned by DuBois)

The label below, a 1962 overprinted version of 1960-2, perf and imperf, is not listed in DuBois - see Linn's excerpt at right.

PERF 12.5

2a. "Ligue Royale Belge" below a yellow crown, at top; "d'Athletisme" down right side.
Vignette: a pole-vaulter, yellow Olympic rings at lower left.
29x24mm, perf 12.5, multicolored ... $2.00

2b. Same text as 2a.
Vignette: a shot-putter in a stadium, yellow Olympic rings centrally located.
29x24mm, perf 12.5, multicolored ... $2.00

2c. "Belgische Atletiekbond" across top; "Koninklijke" up left side.
Vignette: a javelin thrower in a stadium, yellow crown above Olympic rings at upper left.
29x24mm, perf 12.5, multicolored ... $2.00

2d. Same text as 2c.
Vignette: three runners approaching finish-line tape, yellow crown above Olympic rings at upper left.
29x24mm, perf 12.5, multicolored ... $2.00

(French text of 2a & 2b and Flemish text of 2c & 2d translates as "Royal Belgian Athletic league")

Souvenir Sheet: 2a & 2b on left and 2c & 2d on right, in block of four format. Selvage texts as follows:
Across top: 17mes JEUX OLYMPIQUES - ROME 1960;
Across bottom: 17de OLYMPISCHE SPELEN - ROME 1960
Center of left & right sides: a blue crown above a solid blue circle stating 20/Fr.
(All selvage texts are blue, texts on labels are black) ... $10.00

Partial text of a Linn's Collector's Corner item from 10/9/2000,
response to an inquiry from an owner of this sheetlet, seeking information about it:

Olympic fund-raiser:
Your sheet is illustrated and listed in the Catalogue Officiel de Timbres-Poste, a Belgian specialized stamp catalog, under the heading "Erinnophilie," which the catalog describes as unofficial emissions, some issued in collaboration with the Belgian postal service and usually for the benefit of charitable organizations. The items listed in this section of the catalog are not valid for postage, which is why the souvenir sheet does not appear in the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue.

The fund-raising labels you possess apparently sold for a 20-franc donation (approximately 40¢ in 1960) to benefit the Belgian Royal League of Athletics, which still exists today. Three perforation varieties are listed - gauges 12.5 (matching your sheet), 10 and 14, and the sheet is known imperforate as well. The Belgian catalog describes the sheet size as 89 millimeters by 79mm, but your sheet measures 90mm by 91mm. The 12.5 perforation variety of the sheet is valued unused at 30fr (about 66¢) in the 1996 edition of the catalog.

It appears that remainders of the sheet were overprinted in 1962 to commemorate the European Athletic Championships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. The overprints are valued at 25fr (about 55¢).

(Full text HERE)


3. "PLAN PREPARE FOR VICTORIES (0lympic rings) OLYMPIC GAMES 1960" down major right side of label.
Vignette, on left side: a hand holding a torch.
50x36mm, 57x38mm (overall), imperf, blue on gold background ... $3.00

(A fund-raising label issued in 1958 by U.S. Olympic Association, Inc., Biltmore Hotel, New York 17, N.Y.)

1960-4 thru 7

1960-4g thru 7g, dark blue on gray paper variety


3 different paper colors?

Nos. 4 thru 7 - Four Labels Advertising Rampacher's Catalog:

4. "ROMA" up left side; "1960" down right side; "OLYMPISCHE SPIELE" below vignette; in a 39x9mm panel across bottom: "P. F. RAMPACHER: KATALOG DER VIGNETTEN ZU DEN OLYMPISCHEN SPIELEN SOEBEN ERSCHIENEN"
Vignette consists of Olympic rings above a statue of a wolf suckling Romulus & Remus. (Rings are interlaced as on the official Olympic flag), square shape
41x41 mm perf 10.f; color: panel text & vignette background are black, vignette and its text are white ... $1.00

5. ROMA & 1960 as in #4; OLYMPIC GAMES below vignette; in a 39x9mm panel across bottom: P. F. RAMPACHER CATALOG OF LABELS OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES JUST PUBLISHED
Vignette as that of #4.
Physical data same as for #4. (English texts) ... $1.00

6. ROMA & 1960 as in #4; JEUX OLYMPIQUES below vignette; in a 41x10mm panel across bottom: P. F. RAMPACHER CATALOG DES VIGNETTES DES JEUX OLYMPIQUES VIENT DE PARAITRE
Vignette same as #4.
Square shape 41x41 mm, perf 10.5, color: black & white like #4 but reversed, panel text and vignette background are white, vignette and its text are black. (French texts) ... $1.00

7. ROMA & 1960 as in #4; GIUOCHI OLIMPICI below vignette; in a 41x10mm panel across bottom: P. F. RAMPACHER CATALGO DELLE VIGNETTE DEI GIUOCHI OLIMPICI E GIA EMESSO
Vignette and physical data same as for #6. (Italian texts) ... $1.00

Nos. 4 to 7 come as a se-tenant block of 4, PM4S ... $4.00

* 4b-7b. Same as 4-7 but ultramarine on white paper ... $1.OO ea
* 4c-7c. Same as 4-7 but dark blue on white paper ... $1.OO ea
* 4d-7d. Same as 4-7 but ultramarine on lt. yellow paper . $1.OO ea
* 4e-7e. Same as 4-7 but dark blue on lt. yellow paper ... $1.OO ea
* 4f-7f. Same as 4-7 but ultramarine on gray paper ... $1.OO ea
* 4g-7g. Same as 4-7 but dark blue on gray paper ... $1.OO ea
* 4h-7h. Same as 4-7 but dark blue on off-white paper ... $2.OO ea

All above sets of 4 come as se-tenant blocks of 4 ... pro rata

1/21/18 - eBay seller chase0812 is offering copies of varieties b,g, and h - Image at bottom left. The differences are not dramatic.

10/31/18 - I found the lower image in column two on Worthpoint, from an old eBay auction - IMPERF!


8. 1960 ROM at upper right corner; SPIELE across bottom.
Vignette: a torch with Olympic rings over it and the word "OLYMPISCHE" curved across the torch. A double-lined border around edge, outer line about 1mm wide.
45x60mm (overall, including outer gold edge), die cut, imperf, brown on gold except "SPIELE" which is gold in a brown panel ... $2.50

(Issued by Erinnophilie International. See No. 20 of "1972 - Munich" section for a similar label).

1960-9 thru 20

The Olympic Organizing Conmittee issued the following series of labels in twelve different languages. The vignette is the same as that used in a set of Italian postage stamps of 1960.

Vignette: statue of wolf suckling Romulus and Remus, above an ornate blue-background panel containing the Roman numerals "MCXLX"; Olympic rings below panel (interlaced as on official Olympic flag).
33x51mm (overall size of white background), rouletted 7; vignette, Roman numerals & rings are brown-gold,text is black.

The texts on the other labels of this series are as follows:
10. Japanese character-text, characters of third line are smaller than those of first two lines
12. Indian text
14. Arabic text
16. JOGOS DAS XVII OLIMPIADAS ROMA - 25. VIII - 11. IX (Portuguese)
17. Russian text, third line - 25.VIII-11.IX-1960
18. Greek text
19. Chinese text
20. GIOCHI DELLA XVII OLIMPIADE ROMA - 25. VIII - 11. IX (Italian) ... $1.50ea
(See label nos. 61 & 62 for 2 larger versions of No.20)
Nos. 9 to 20 come in panes of eight (4x2 - roulettes extend through top and bottom, each pane of one language only, text on selvage same for all panes,as follows: GIOCHI DELL XVII OLIMPIADE at top and upside-down on bottom; ROMA - 25. VIII 11. IX MCMLX reading up on left selvage and down on right selvage.

This vignette appears on several postal stamps of 1960 - it is the official "Emblem of the XVIIth Olympiad".


Full set of singles above; complete sheetlets below

Label nos. 21 to 32, which follow, were issued in the same twelve languages as labels nos. 9 to 20.

21. JEUX DE LA XVII OLYMPIADE across top (French); directly below: Olympic rings in their usual multicolors (interlaced as on the official Olympic flag).
Vignette, below: drawing of a wolf suckling Romulus and Remus (babies are further apart than on original statue), the latter is on ornate capital (top of a column), on top rim the text is "ROMA MCMLX", sculptured portion below rim depicts a victorious athlete crowning himself according to Roman custom.
32x50mm (overall), rouletted 9.
Colors: text and figures on column are tan, rest of vignette and upper text are brown.

(Armando Testa designed original poster this stamp is based on)

The eleven following labels all have the same vignette & Olympic rings as that of label No. 21. The brown texts at the top of each label are as follows:

22. Japanese character-text
24. Indian text
26. Arabic text
29. Russian text
30. Greek text
31. CHINESE text
Label nos. 21 to 32 are evaluated at ... $1.50ea

Nos. 21 to 32 come in panes of twelve(6x2). Roulettes do not extend through edges of pane, each pane is of one language only, and there are no texts on the selvage-edges of the panes.

Note: Label No.33 has been re-assigned No.64 (in ordeu to list it among similar labels)


34. A German Glider-Post Triangle:

Text across top two borders:
across bottom:

Vignette: a glider at top corner; Olympic rings centrally located; a landscape scene across bottom.

46x24mm, imperf

Colors: (one color per label): a)black, b)gray, c)orange, d)blue, e)purple, f)green, or g)red.

Comes as panes of 6 (3x2), 3 tete-beche pairs per pane; text on pane: "LUFTSPORTRING", upper left and "AALEN 1960," upper right ... Rare

I need an example of the gray.


A set of German Fund-Raising Labels:
24x29mm, perf 13. Colors: figures are white & black with white portions outlined in black. OLYMPISCHE SPIELE 1960 across top; a logo in lower portion of each label, consists of "DTSB" surrounded by a circle of leafy branches; Olympic rings are in background of upper portion of label; vignette, value & background color are as follows:

35. A ski-jumper ,"1", yellow
36. A swimmer about to dive, "1" , yellow
37. A hurdler going over a hurdle,"25", blue
38. A shot-putter, "25",blue
39. Two runners, "50", apple-green
40. A boxer, "50", apple-green
41. A gymnast performing on a "horse","25", blue
... all rare

("DTSB"-German Gymnastic Sports League)

I am puzzled by the way DuBois sequenced these stamps. Did he not realize the numerals were values in pfennigs and DM? He doesn't mention the "DM" on the two with the "1"s, so perhaps he missed that. They should be listed in order of ascending denomination, the 25s, then the 50s, then the 1DM.

1960-42 & 43


Ukrainian Fund-Raising Labels:

42. FOR THE UKRAINE'S PARTICIPATION IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES - text at top & bottom edges of an oval vignette; "5" in small circle at lower left; XVII 1960 in small circle at lower right
Vignette: 01ympic rings, centrally located; mountainous landscape below.
24x40mm, perf 12.5, one color per label:
a)pale blue,
b)mauve ... Rare

43. XVII FOR THE UKRAINE'S 1960 in a wavy ribbon, at top; PARTICIPATION as white print in a vertical panel down left side; "in the" to left center; "Olympic games" at lower right; "10" above "games"
Vignette: a wavy banner above a wavy flame from a torch.
40x24mm, perf 12.5, one color per label:
a)pale blue,
b)mauve ... Rare

Notes: Nos. 42 & 43 exist se-tenant. "Olympic games" is printed without capital letters on label No. 43.

1960-44 thru 58

Orange rather than yeallow?

Visit VITERBO Set of Fifteen Labels:

Nos 44 to 58 have photographic vignettes with white borders, the title of each picture in the lower border; surrounding each picture is a green-yellow border (9-10mm wide) which has the following text (German translated to English):

"Visit VITERBO the land of the ancient Etruscan Games" above; "GAMES OF THE XVII OLYMPIAD" below; "25 - VIII - 1960" on left; "11 - IX - 1960" on right.
Each picture, including its white border, measures 50-52mm by 37.5-38.5mm, rouletted 7; text is black, pictures are sepia-toned (light brownish gray) ... $1.00
Overall measurement of labels,70x57-58mm.

The label numbers, below, are in the order in which they appear in a sheet of fifteen(3x5). Picture and text formats are horizontal except for the three middle ones which face to the right (Nos. 50, 51 & 52). Six upper labels are normal and "read down" whereas six lower labels are up-side down. The roulettes do not go through the selvage; the latter is wide, and yields an overall size of 148x346mm.

Text in lower selvage states: "OMAGGIO DELL'AMMINISTRAZIONE PROVINCIALS DI VITERBO" The picture titles are in Italian,as below:

44. VITERBO: Palazzo Papale (Sec. XIII)
45. VITERBO: Quartiere Medioevale (Sec. XIII)
46. VITERBO: Villa Lante a Bagnaia
47. BOLSENA: a il suo lago (lake)
48. CIVITACASTELLANA: Portico Cosmaoesco del Duomo(Sec. XIII)
49. CAPRAROLA: Palazzo Farnese (palace)
50. VITERBO: Stemma della cita (coat of arms of the city)
51. La fiaccola per i Giochi di Roma (The torch for the Games of Rome)
52. MONTEPIASCONE: San Flaviane
53. TUSCANIA: San Pietro
54. TARQUINIA: Palazzo Vitelleschi (palace)
55. SUTRI: Anfiteatro i;trusco(Etruscan Amphitheater)
56. NEPI: Castello dei Borgia (castle)
57. FERENTO: II Teatro Etrusco Romano (theater)
58. CASTEL S. ELIA: Basilica Romanica ... $1.OOea

The above series of labels exist in border colors in addition to the green- yellow borders described above, as follows: a)light blue, b)blue, c)lemon- yellow, and d)orange-vermilion ... $1.OOea

The above-listed labels are illustrated at left.


A Historical Note, regarding the "Visit Viterbo" set:

Viterbo is located in the Tuscany Region of Italy, north of Rome. The Etruscans settled in the Region of Etruria (now Tuscany) around 1100 - 1000 B.C. They are believed to have come from Asia Minor (probably Lydia). Little is known about the ancient Etruscan games or of the events held in ancient Etruria.

DuBois must have seen only the German text set of these, as he does not mention the fact that each color has a different language. Moreover, his description of the colors does not agree with what I have seen. The colors and languages are as follows:

Green-yellow (I'd call it bright yellow): German
Light blue: Italian
Blue: French
Lemon-yellow (I'd call it lime green): English
Orange-vermilion (I'd call it red): Spanish

1/6/17 - I just found the image at the bottom, which shows six distinct colors, but the resolution is too low to tell what language is on which. Stay tuned.


Other Olympic lottery tickets, 1959 thru 1964


Other Olympic lottery tickets, 1959 thru 1964


59. A Japanese Lottery Ticket:

At top center: The 400th Lottery "Takarakuji" of Tokyo-Japan; at bottom center: Trustee: The Nippon Kangyo Bank, Ltd.

Vignette, at upper left: Olympic rings in usual multicolors (interlaced as on official Olympic flag); "400", at upper right; large Olympic stadium in natural colors (green field), to left center.

149x69mm, imperf. black text, lilac background ... $10.00

(Note: Takara-kuji = "treasure" or "fortune")

I'm astonished that DuBois included this item. It's not a seal, it's not a sticker, it's not a label - it's a ticket, and if we include it, there are MANY more tickets, lottery and other, that would need to be added. I assume he just liked it and wanted to show it off, and if he had just thrown it in as a related item (as he has done elsewhere) with NO NUMBER, I'd be fine with that. But to assign it a number, and imply that it belongs in a complete collection of Olympic labels, that's just wrong.

All of that said, if one chooses to include it, this item belongs NOT with the 1960 entries, but with the 1964 entries, since all the Japanese lottery tickets with the Olympic rings (there were many) helped fund the 1964 Tokyo Games. According to the Official Report of the Tokyo Olympics "the use of the Olympic emblem was permitted on Lottery tickets ... and a royalty equivalent to two percent of the amount sold was donated to the Fund Raising Association." This authorizaton was issued in 1959, and such tickets all have the code "JOC59-C-0001" in which JOC stands for Japan Olympic Committee. Their dates of issue span the period 1959 through 1964. Many more are shown at left. There could be hundreds of different designs!

12/17/16 - 9 more added, total = 23 designs (and one back side).

Philippe Pavard pointed out that the one listed in DuBois is the only one found so far that has an Olympic theme - it shows the Olympic stadium. The others are generic designs with the Olympic rings added.

12/18/16 - moved two to section below - they are souvenir labels, listed in the 1964 section of DuBois.

12/20/16 - Added three more. Based on the sequence numbers printed on them, it appears there are at least 449!

12/26/16 - Added two more - the second has the code JOC-61-E-0110, and is a different size - significant? This one has an Olympic theme!

12/26/16 - Moved the souvenir labels to the new 1964 page, where they belong.

12/31/16 - Added #168 and the back of 306.

01/26/17 - Added #274, 325, 329, for a total so far of 33!

03/18/17 - I have found 24 more (!) since the last addition on 1/26/17, but as I say above, I do not regard these lottery tickets as valid entries in this catalog, so enough is enough. I will not add those 24, nor any others I encounter. If you choose to collect them, good luck.

See also the 1964 Tokyo page, items 1964-131 thru 141, where DuBois lists a series of souvenir labels created to promote these lottery tickets. Those I accept as valid entries in this catalog.

Image below of a 1958 lottery ticket which the eBay seller advertised as an Olympic item, though it does not have the Olympic rings, or the JOC credit. It DOES depict the then-new National Stadium, which served as the main stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1964 Summer Olympic Games, as well as being the venue for track and field events of those Games.

This is a different view of the same stadium depicted on label 400, at top.


60. A Round, Die Cut label:

Same design as No. 1f but text: D.O.G. - ITZEHOE l960;

34mm, gold on blue background ... Rare

(DOG = Deutsche Olympische Gesellschaft, Itzehoe, West Germany)

Deutsche Olympische Gesellschaft = German Olympic Society

I think that Itzehoe, Germany was the home base of P. F. Rampacher, so it is likely he was involved in production of this label.

1960 was the 1150th anniversary of the founding of Itzehoe (810-1960)!

1960-61 & 62



61 & 62,which follow, are larger versions of Italian text label No.20 (35-40% larger vignette, text & overall size). Text arrangement is also a bit different.



Vignette, above: like that of labels 9-20.

32x49mm, 40.5x56mm (overall), roulette 7, vignette color less brown (more golden) than that of the 9-20 series, text is blue, roulettes are blue ... Rare


62. Imperforate Version of #61:

Vignette of lighter color than #61, text is black but otherwise the same as on #61 ... Rare


Note: The above Nos. 61 & 62 are said by Ernest Trory to be the "original vignette issued by the Organizing Committee but withdrawn owing to difficulties in gumming the reverse side." The "part-gum" on the back of No.61 confirms that fact. Imperf. proof, No.62, is without gum.


63. ROMA at top; 1960 AMOR below.

Vignette: Olympic rings with laurel leaves within and below rings; a large laurel branch up each side of label.

33x39mm, perf 11 or imperf, black on various papers (white, gray, pink, very pale yellow, pale blue, and rose-red) ... $1.00ea


64. A Round Label:

ROMA at top; 1960 at bottom.

Vignette: Olympic rings intertwined with clusters of laurel leaves; petal-shaped border design.

46mm diameter, 56mm square (overall), black on pink, green, light yellow or white ... $1.50ea

At left, some colors DuBois does not mention, and in the bottom image - there's the white paper, at last!

11/12/17 - below, variations on this design. Note the letters encircling the central design - "ALVES?" What do they signify? Or is it SALVE? I doubt these are gummed, so they're not really labels.


65. ROMA down left side; AMOR down right side; XVII at top; 1960 at bottom.

Vignette: Olympic rings.

35x24mm, perf 11.5, black on variously colored papers (white, pink, rose-carmine, pale blue, etc.) ... $1.OOea


66. A Souvenir Card, with a label-border surrounding a postage stamp: ROMA at top; AMOR at bottom; laurel branches to left & right; rosette-design squares in all four corners, (artistry of this border-design similar to that of labels 63, 64 & 65). Glued down into center of latter frame is a copy of a 1960 stamp of Italy which depicts the emblem of the XVIIth Olympiad as described at label No.9 - color of stamp is yellow-brown and value is L.5.

50x66mm (overall design), black on white, card stock is white and measures 89x139mm ... Rare

(Back of card states: P. F. RAMPACHER BUDAPEST, VIII Szentkiralyi u. 35)

This strikes me as another item that DuBois should have relegated to a "related items" category. It's not a label. Its clear relation to the previous items makes it interesting, and apparently it and they were produced by Rampacher (major German authority on Olympic philately at that time), which adds appeal, but it's still not a label.


67. Finland, an Advertising Matchbox Label:

ROMA XVII OLIMPIADE 25. 8. - 11. 9. 1960 at top; on green background; PAULIG at bottom on red background.

Vignette, in middle on a shield-shaped, white background: the emblem of the XVIIth Olympiad as described at label No.9.

33x49.5mm, 35.5x51mm (overall), inperf, gold-brown and blue vignette ... Rare

(There is fine print to left & right of vignette, down left & up right, that states: TUKKUKAUPPOJEN Oy & KESSKISISALTO 50 KPL) The latter apparently labels a box of 50 matches from the Tukku Match Co. Ltd, of Finland.

Paulig is a Finnnish coffee company, still in business.


68. FUNDUSZ up left side; OLIMPIJSKI down right side; + 1960 + below.

Vignette: Polish Olympic Committee's emblem; rings are interlaced as on original Olympic flag; a fine-lined border.

25x35mm, 31x40mm (overall), imperf, red ...$3.00

(Funds collected on Olympic Day, June 15, 1960)

1960-69 and 69a

69. RZYM 1960 PKOL - PZF in a wedge-ended panel near bottom.

Vignette: coat-of-arms of Rome beneath Olympic rings (interlaced as on official Olympic flag); border line around edge. 26x37mm, perf 12.5x12, blue & dark blue ... $5.00

69a. Same as 69 but light & dark brown ... $5.00

(Translation: Rome 1960 POC - PPhU; Polish Olympic Committee and Polish Philatelists' Union)

69 & 69a exist se-tenant as they were printed in sheets of 60, in alternating colors. 60,000 labels were printed.

These labels were sold for 3zl each.

1960-70 & 70a


More about these Polish Philatelist's Union Olympic fund-raising stamps here:

That's an extract from a 2010 article by Dr. Roman Babut, President of the Polish Club of Olympic and Sports Philately



Another variety - not in DuBois

Vignettes overprinted for the football match Poland vs. ex-Yugoslavia in 1961 (price: 3 zl)

70 & 70a, below, are overprinted varieties of 69 & 69a, as follows:

70. Black overprints: LODZ above; 1960 below; PRZESYLKA down left side; SZYBOWCOWA down right side; 4zl above right end of statue ... Rare
(Lodz Balloon Mail, 4zl, 1960)

70a. Red overprints: LESZNO WLKP. above; 1960 below; PRZESYLKA down left side; SZYBOWCOWA down right side; 4zl above right end of statue ... Rare (Leszno Wlkp. Glider Mail, 4zl, i960)

"At the time of the Rome Olympics the International Philatelic 'Polska 60' was opened and preparations were made for three Olympic air-flights - two glider flights and one balloon flight to mark the conclusion of the 1960 Games in Rome. With this in view and following the decision of the Ministry of Communications an overprint was made on the official Olympic labels which were issued in May 1960 by the Polish Philatelists' Union and the Polish Olympic Committee.

"The total number of labels thus overprinted was 20,000. In this way 5,000 copies were obtained of each new kind of a semiofficial air-mail stamp.

"In addition to the normal cost of express postage, every letter sent by the Olympic flights had to have an official Olympic airmail stamp affixed. More than 80 percent of those semi-official air-mail stamps were thus used and hence the unused ones have become a great rarity."

Credit: The above-quoted information is from "Polish Olympic Chronicle in Philately" by Fabian Bura. Prepared at the initiative of The Polish Olympic Committee. Published by Krajowa Agencja Wydawnicza, Warszawa 1976, 144pp


70x1. Vignettes overprinted for the football match Poland vs. ex-Yugoslavia in 1961 (price: 3 zl)

Pilkarskie Eliminacje
Mistrz Swiata
Chile 1962
Polska - Jugoslawia
(25 June 1961)
3 zl
Football Eliminations
World Champion
Chile 1962
Poland - Yugoslavia
(25 June 1961)
Chorzow (Poland)
3 zl




See 1970-x18 below for another Omega label

71. An OMEGA Label:

"ROME 1960 Olympic games all events timed exclusively, by" in black text, in middle; (Greek letter "omega" OMEGA in red, at bottom.

Vignette, at top, in red: emblem of the XVII Olympiad, as described at label No.9, but in red; background is gold.

32x44mm (overall), imperf, self-adhesive ... Rare

SECOND image at left = New version - French.

"Rome 1960 Jeux olympiques chronométrés exclusivement par OMEGA"

So are there other languages as well?

See 1970-x18 below for another Omega label







72. A Kenya Label:

ROME in a stylized flame of a torch, in black; KENYA in green, below flame; a gold lion, below; Olympic rings in usual multicolors, at lower left; 1960 above rings; a helmeted Roman soldier, at upper left, in blue; background: green, yellow & blue stripes which expand from a point at lower left to upper left corner; a blank panel across bottom; a thin-lined, black border.

30x24mm (overall design), perf 10.5 ... Rare

There could be many imprints on this basic stamp - three are shown at left.


73. A Round, Die-cut Label:

OLYMPlA in large letters, across middle; Olympic rings both above & below; latter items within a hexagon.

40.5mm diameter (overall). Entire design, including edging, is in gold on a yellow background ... Rare

1960-74, 75, 75a

1960-74 (2 varieties)



France, Fund-Raising Labels (Nos. 74 & 75):

74. TIMBRE OLYMPIQUE below; Olympic rings above; "2 fr." overprinted with a larger "5" at both left & right.

33.5x21mm (overall), perf 11, black on pink paper ... Rare

(Issued by "Federation Francaise de Natation" which translates "French Swimming Federation." Ernest Trory states, in the Olympic Review, that No.74 was issued to raise funds for the Melbourne Games of 1956, and that the original, un-overprinted label was issued to raise funds for the Helsinki Games of 1952)


75. TIMBRE OLYMPIQUE in upper part of a double-lined oval; "5F" in middle of a lower, black panel; Olympic rings in middle of oval.

21x15mm, perf 10, black on orange paper ... Rare

75a. Same as 75 but "0.05 NF" instead of "5F" ... Rare

(Nos 75 & 75a were issued in 1957 to raise funds for the 1960 Games in Rome)

First, if Trory says No. 74 was issued for the 1956 Games, why does DuBois list it here?
I think the unoverprinted version (2fr.) belongs with the 1952 listings, and the overprinted one (5fr.) with the 1956 listings.

Second, No. 75a cannot have been issued in 1957, as it is denominated in New Francs,
which were not created until 1960. So perhaps it belongs with the 1964 listings?

Indeed, there is a note with the copy in the 1964 section of my collection that says "Issued in 1962 to raise funds for French Swimming Federation for participation in Tokyo Olympics (value in New Francs)." So there.





VIANDOX Labels, Nos. 76 & 77, were issued by a commercial undertaking who organized a competition for which the prize was a trip to Rome for the Olynpic Games:

76. ROME 1960 VIANDOX 6 POINTS in a shield; tabs at top & botton with eight lines of text which repeat "JEUX OLYMPIQUES VIANDOX"

14x19 (shield), 17.5x41mm (overall), perf 9.5 between tabs and main label, outer edges imperforate.

a) orange,
b) red & "12 POINTS,"
c) green & "45 POINTS"
... all Rare

77. Same text & design as 76 but no tabs & "3 POINTS"

14.5x17mm (shield), perf 12.5, dark blue ... Rare

1960-78 to 93
1960-78 to 85

1960-78 to 85, athletes in various colors.
1960-86 to 93 are the same designs, but athletes are in black.


1960-78 to 85

1960-78a to 85a

1960-78 to 85 color varieties

Full sheets printed on thin watermarked paper, "tete-beche."

Pairs of 78&86, 79&87, 80&88, 81&89, 82&90, 83&91, 84&92, 85&93

1960-86 to 93?


78. XVII(Ukr. text)-OLYMPIAD-1960 across top; (Ukr. text) across bottom.
(Ukrainian Underground Post - Fight for Freedom - Destroy Communism)

Vignette: Ukrainian Territorial Sign at left, runner at finish-line tape at right; Olympic rings at upper right, behind runner; red "5" at lower right.

34x23mm, perf 10. Colors: runner is blue, background is cobalt-blue ... $1.00

78a. Same as #78 but imperf

Nos. 79 to 85 same design as #78 but color, value and athlete depicted are different (all values are red and located at lower right). Athlete's color is given first and then background.

79 & 79a (perf & imperf) - horseman going over a hurdle, black & cinnamon colors & value "10".

80 & 80a (perf & imperf) - tennis player, red-brown & yellow colors & value "15".

81 & 81a (perf & imperf) - weight lifter, green & light green-gray & value "20".

82 & 82a (perf & imperf) - gymnast on rings, violet & light lilac & value "25".

83 & 83a (perf & imperf) - two wrestlers, green & pale green & value "30".

84 & 84a (perf & imperf) - soccer player, red & light rose & value "35".

85 & 85a (perf & imperf) - high jumper, blue-green & light gray-green & value "60".

... all evaluated at $1.00 each

86 to 93 - same as Nos. 78 to 85 but athletes are all depicted in black color only ... $1.00 each

Nos. 86 to 93 come in panes of nine (3x3) with a different label at top-center (position 2), as follows: Same design as other labels in pane but athlete is replaced by a red "seal" and design colors are reversed (Terr. sign, rings, and text are in color on a white background). "Seal" is colored carmine & is like the one described at souvenir sheet No.95 (an error occurs on the smaller "seal": XVIII instead of correct XVII). Bottom row of labels is upside-down thus providing three tete beche pairs. Labels on panes are imperf ... $12/9

The top 8 examples at left differ from the DuBois description:

On 78 to 85, the seal on the middle stamp is black, and on 86 to 93, the seal is carmine.
The bottom image shows at least one new color, plus tete-beche pairs with two colors.

SO either there are other versions, or DuBois got it wrong.

10/31/18 - the images of the full sheets printed top to bottom, at far left, turned up on Worthpoint from eBay. No comment.

1960-94 & 94a

Thin paper, watermarked

Border colors reversed

Thick paper, unwatermarked

Thin paper, watermarked, black omitted

Ukrainian Fund Souvenir Sheets:

Unlike the illustrated No.87 pane (above) sheet depicts all eight athletes (Nos.78 to 85) and has the "seal-label" in the center.

94. The round "seal" of the center label is black; text and decorations in sheet margin are black. Individual label colors: athletes are dark blue, background is pale blue; texts, territorial sign & rings are white; values of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 & 50, in lower left corners, are red.

14.1x10.0cm (overall size of sheet), imperf ... $15.00/sheet

94a. Same design as S.S. No. 4 but labels are greenish-yellow, athletes are brown, and texts & decorations in sheet margins are red ... 15.00/sheet

At top left, the two main versions of these two sheets, plus some varieties:
- there are two papers, one heavier and unwatermarked, the other thinner and watermarked;
- the sheetlets were issued with the black omitted, so no marginal text and no "seal" in the center.

10/31/18 - at bottom left, a "black-omitted" sheetlet with both colors printed "tete-beche" on watermarked paper.

1960-95 & 95a

95. Texts: at top of sheet, XVII (Ukrainian text)- OLYMPIAD-1960; at bottom of sheet (3 Ukrainian words). Down right side of sheet: seven, small, black athletic figures that also appear on individual labels of this series; texts are also black.

Vignette portion, across center: large black territorial sign, on left; a 25.5x40.5mm label, on right: a sailing vessel in light blue, within a shield that is pointed at top & bottom, Olympic rings at top with X, V, II, 19 & 60 in the rings and a torch behind the central rings; Ukrainian text, with "100" above it, below; background color is maroon; in center of S.S., between territorial sign & sailing vessel label: a round, green-gray, "seal-label" with a torch above "1960" at top; Olympic rings within two, circular sprigs of laurel, in center; "FIGHT FOR FREEDOM" and "DESTROY COMMUNISM," below; text in outer border strip states: "XVII (Ukrainian text) XVII OLYMPIAD," all latter text above a lower Ukrainian text.

12.Ox9.8cm (overall S.S.), imperf, wide decorative borders at top & bottom of sheet are gray ... $10.00/sheet

95a. A Souvenir Sheet, like No.95 but different colors, as follows: Upper & lower sheet texts, territorial sign, and athletic figures down right aide, are all red. "Seal-label" is greenish-slate. Sailing vessel is maroon, background is blue-green. Wide, decorative borders at top & bottom of sheet are yellow ... $10.000/sheet

At left, two sheetlets as described by DuBois, plus two others - 95 and 95a both occur with black texts and with red texts.


6/25/16 - 2nd image is a new variety, 1960-95c, not in DuBois.
95b. A Souvenir Sheet, with 3 differently-colored labels; all are copies of the "sailing vessel" label. Colors are as follows: First label: red vignette & blue-gray background. Second label: dark green vignette & carmine bgrnd. Third label: ultramarine vignette & violet bgrnd. The flame of the torch on the above labels has orange color added above background color.

The wide, decorative borders across the top & bottom of sheet are colored cinnamon. Large text across middle of upper border is brown; large text across middle of lower border is carmine. Latter texts are entirely Slavic and of different printing style than the texts on souvenir sheets 94, 95 & 95a ... $10.00/sheet

6/25/16 - 2nd image is a new variety, 1960-95c, not in DuBois. The borders at top and bottom are reddish, and the middle vignette has a red rather than reddish-brown background.


Esperanto Labels:

96. 17a OLIMPIAJ LUDOJ at upper right; ROMA 1960 across bottom.

Vignette: 01ympic rings, at upper left (interlaced as on 'official' Olympic flag; a green star, with "ESPERANTO" below, at lower left; a running athlete with an oval track in the background; imprint below design: "E.MORENO-BARCELONA".

26x59 (overall), perf 11.5. Colors: black text & athlete, oval track is pale yellow with green center, background is yellow ... $1.00

97 to 110 have same design as #96 but depict the following Olympic events(figures):

97. Diver just about to dive, 98. Horseman jumping, 99. Two athletes playing basketball, 100. Fencer, 101. Weight lifter, 102. Bicyclist, 103. Olympic fire in a bowl, on an altar with green Olympic rings, 104. Gymnast on parallel bars, 105. Hockey player, 106. Water polo swimmer, 107. Scull-rower, 108. Sailboat, 109. Soccer player, 110. Javelin thrower ... each, $1.00
Sheet Format: Fifteen (5x3) labels presented in same order as given above. Perfs run through selvage (PM4S)

111 to 125. Same designs as Nos.96 to 110 but background is red ... $1.00ea

126 to 140. Same designs as Nos.96 to 110 but background is pale blue ... $1.00ea

141 to 160. Same designs as Nos.96 to 110 but background is light lilac ... $1.00ea

The sheetlets shown are imperforate.

1960-161 to 165

Blue, German

Blue, Spanish

DuBois page

161 & 162 -Pink, Esperanto, perf and imperf
163 & 162 - Yellow, Esperanto, perf and imperf
164 & 162 - Lilac, Swedish, perf and imperf
165 & 162 - Blue, Swedish, perf and imperf
(Images above courtesty of Heiko Volk auctions)

French & Italian
(Images above courtesty of Tony Wiegard)

DuBois text:

Esperanto Labels (Promoting Esperanto & Advertising Wine[sic]):

161. "ROMA alvokas vin 1960" at bottom; Olympic rings at upper left, with a green star, in a small circle below rings; a ringing bell at upper right; a stadium in the middle with concentric rings behind it; imprint below design: "B.MORENO-BARCELONA"
26x35.5mm, perf 11. Colors: black design & text on a rose-pink background ... $0.50ea.
161a. Same as #161 but imperforate ... $1.00ea


162. Roma 1960 (seven lines of Swedish text promoting ESPERANTO) in a central panel; Olympic rings at top; a green star in a small circle at bottom; decorative laurel leaves around border
26x35.5mm, perf 11. Colors: green text, black rings & border-leaves, rose-pink background ... $2.0Oea
162a. Same as #162 but imperforate ... $3.00ea


163. Same as #161 but yellow background ... $0.50ea
163a. Same as #163 but imperforate ... $1.OOea


164. Same as #161 but lilac background ... $0.50ea
164a. Same as #164 but imperforate ... $1.OOea


165. Same as #161 but pale blue-gray background ... $0.50ea
165a. Same as #165 but imperforate ... $1.00ea


Nos. 162 & 162a also occur in other languages, including German, Spanish, Finnish, Esperanto plus others ... all $2.00 perf & $3.00 imperf

Panes of 10 (from larger sheets) contain nine copies of type 161 & one copy of type 162 (in 3rd position). Upper selvage of sheets (not all panes) has two texts promoting Esperanto (one in Esperanto & the other in the same language as on type 162 & 162a). All panes have a green star above the type 162 & 162a labels. Texts & stars are green.

Further comment on this series:

Four different colors have been seen by your cataloger. Panes of ten exist with and without text in the selvage. An imperf pane without text in the selvage has not been seen (imperf panes may be from booklets and perf panes may be from larger horizontal strips as my perf panes of ten do not have selvage on the left or right edges). Two perf panes that I have seen without text in the selvage both had Esperanto text in the third label,described at No.162. Texts at the selvage, seen to date, include Swedish, Finnish, German & Spanish. In all of the latter panes the text in the third (type 162) label is in the same language that appears at the selvage. The same text appears in ESPERANTO on all panes that have a national language (on the opposite side of the "selvage-star" that is also on all selvage). If, as it appears, all languages come in all of the colors, this is a formidable series to acquire completely!

If any interested reader can add corrections or additions to the above observations,it would be appreciated.

DuBois' apparent assumption that the Esperanto word "vin" referred to wine is amusing. Perhaps he was joking. The actual translation of "ROMA alvokas vin" is "Rome is calling you." The other text translates "The participation of all the different countries poses a linguistic problem that only Esperanto can resolve!"

DuBois' speculation that there might be booklets and larger strips seems unfounded, as I have seen full panes with selvage, both perf and imperf in many languages, and no larger pieces. The rule seems to be that the sheetlets with Esperanto in the top middle stamp have no text in the margins (just the green star) while sheetlets with other languages have text in those languages at top left and Esperanto at top right.

As far as colors, there is some variation in shades, but I think the four he names are the only ones - pink, yellow, lilac, blue. One of the sheetlets at left looks like it has a green backgound, so that is a possible fifth color. Or it could be just a faded blue.

As for languages, I have no idea how many there are, but we can be sure of Esperanto, Spanish, Finnish, Polish, German, French, Danish, Italian, and Swedish. Based on other Esperanto labels of this sort, I would expect English. Please send examples of any not shown.

1960-166 to 171

Poland. Matchbox Labels

This set of labels has the following in common:

Olympic rings 1960 in a corner; "60 ZPZ CZESTOCHOWA PRZEC 48 ZAP 20 GR" in a narrow panel, to right, on horizontal labels, and, on bottom, on vertical labels.

Overall sizes: 50x34mm on horizontal labels and 34x50mm on vertical labels

Background color is orange-brown; texts are orange-brown in a white panel; rings, 1960 & figures are white.

The figures are crude sketches of nude athletes.
166. A javelin thrower, horizontal label.
167. A running athlete, horizontal label.
168. A discus thrower, vertical label.
169. A hammer thrower, vertical label.
170. A long jumper, horizontal label.
171. A sprinting athlete, horizontal label ... $1.00each

Note: Polish text "48 ZAP 20 GR" is abbreviation of "48 zapalka 20 groszy" which neans "48 matches for 20 groszy." Czestochowa is a city in Poland.

Note: Same designs in three (four?) other color combos shown as singles at far left, but without the Olympic rings.
The only ones I have seen with the rings are the one set shown.

6/16/17 - Phil Pavard pointed out that the single labels shown are from different factories:
- Czechowice: red without Olympic rings
- Gdansk: red without Olympic rings
- Gdansk: black without Olympic rings
- Gdansk: brown without Olympic rings
- Czechowice: red without Olympic rings

So the labels with the Olympic rings may exist from those cities as well.
Note the matchbox label sets on the 1964 Tokyo page, 1964-66-74 - they exist from all of those same Polish factories/cities.

6/20/17 - six more sets from eBay auctions, at left, as follows:
- Sianow, orange, no rings
- Gdansk, brown, no rings
- Gdansk, orange, no rings
- Czechowice, orange, no rings
- Bystrzyca, orange, no rings
- Czestochowa, red, rings

6/28/17 - Phil Pavard informs us that the dimensions of the labels from Gdansk are smaller than the others - 34x43mm (rather than 34x50).

1960-172 to 201

1960-172 to 201

Package label

Verzamel de gehele serie van
30 doosjes. verkrijgbaar bij
Uw Centra-kruidenier!

Centra Olympics Series Matches:
Collect the whole series of 30 boxes
available at your Centra-grocer!

Netherlands, Matchbox Labels

172. CENTRA-LUCIFERS OLYMPISCHE SPELEN 1960 in panel at top with Centra- Lucifer's logo to left; ATHLETIEK Heren: 100 meter SPRINT OLYMP. REC.: 10.3 TOLAN (U.S.A.) 1932 J. OWENS (U.S.A.) 1936 in panel at bottom with "1" in a small solid-blue circle, to left; a red line below latter text. Vignette depicts two sprinters leaving starting blocks with a starter (firing pistol in air) behind them.

31x45.5mm (overall design), imperf

Colors: red & blue figures, red background, blue text ... $1.00

All labels in this series (to #201) have same panel text & logo at top and red line below lower text panel. The "numbers" in the solid blue circle are consecutive and will be noted, in order, up to the last (30th, #201)label. The varying texts, in the lower panel, are now listed:

173. ATHLETIEK Heren: 800 meter OLYMP REC: 147 7 T W COURTNEY (U S A) 1956, #2
174. ATHLETIEK Heren: 10,000 meter OLYMP REC: 2S 45 6 V KUZ (RUSLAND) 1956, #3
176. ATHLETIEK Heren: HOOGSPRINGEN (high-jumping) OLYMP REC: 2 12 C E DUMAS (U S A)1956, #5
177. ATHLETIEK Heren: VBRSPRINGEN (broad-jumping) OLYMP REC: 8 06 J OWENS (U S A) 1936, #6
178. ATHLETIEK Heren: POLSST HOOGSPR (pole-vaulting) OLYMP REC: 4 56 R E RICHARDS (U S A) 1956, #7
179. ATHLETIEK Heren: SPEERWERPEN (javelin throwing) OLYMP REC: 85 71 E DANIELSEN (NOORWEGEN)1956, #8
180. ATHLETIEK Heren: DISCUSWERPEN (discus throwing) OLYMP REC: 56 36 A A OERTER (U S A) 1956, #9
181. ATHLETIEK Heren: KOGELSTOTEN (shotputting) OLYMP REC: 18 37 vV P O'BRIEN (U S A) 1956, #10
182. ATHLETIEK Dames: 100 meter SPRINT OL REC 11 5 H STEVENS (USA)1936 B CUTHBART (AUSTR)'56, #11
183. ATHLETIEK Dames: 80 m HORDKN (hurdling) OLYMP REC: 10 7 S B STRICKLAND (AUSTRALIE) 1956, #12
184. ATHLETIEK Dames: HOOGSPRINGEN (high jumping) OLYMP REC: 1 76 M L HcDANIEL (U S A)1956, #13
185. ATHLETIEK Dames: VERSPRINGEN (long jumping) OLYMP REC: 6 35 E KRZESINSKA (POLEN) 1956, #14
186. ATHLETIEK Dames: SPEERWERPEN (javelin throwing) OLYMP REC: 53 86 L JAUNSERNE (RUSLAND) 1956, #15
187. ATHLETIEK Dames: DISCUSWERPEN (discus throwing) OLYMP REC: 53 69 O FIKOTOWA (TSJECHO-SLOW)'56, #16
188. ZWEMMEN Heren: 100m VRIJE SLAG (free style) OLYMP REC: b5 4 J HENRICKS (AUSTRALIE) 1956, #17
189. ZWEMMEN Heren: 100m VRIJE SLAG (free style) OLYMP REC: 02 0 D FRASEH (AUSTRALIE) 1956, #18
190. ZWEMMEN Dames: 200m SCHOOLSL (butterfly stroke) OLYMP REC : 2 53 1 U HAPPE (DUITSLAND)1956, #19
191. ZWEMMEN Dames; 100 m RUGSLAG (back- stroke) OLYMP REC: 1 12 9 J GRINHAM (ENGELAND) 1956, #20
194. KANOEN Heren (men canoeing): 1000 m Ki KLASSE OLYMPISCH WINNAAR 1 gSe G FHiiDERIKSSONtZWEDEN), #23
195. BOXSEN (boxing) ZWAARGEWICHT (heavy-weight) OLYMPISCH WINNAAR 1956 T P RADEMACHER (U S A), #24
198. ZEILEN (sailing) FINN-KLASSfi (Finn monotype) OLYMPISCH WINNAAR 1956 ELVPTRQM (DENEMARKEN), #27
199. VOETBAL (football, soccer) OLYMPISCH WINNAAR 1956 RUSLAND, #28
201. SCHAATSEN (skating) 500 meter OLYMP REC: 40 2 GRISCHIN (RUSLAND), #30
... $1.00 each

I converted the above text from a scan of the DuBois page using an OCR program, and have tried to clean up the inevitable errors, but I'm sure a few remain - please excuse my laziness, it's just too tedious. The image says it all.

1960-202 to 219

Conjoined block of ten labels - matchbox label collecting was quite popular in Eastern Europe at the time, and it was common for sets to be sold in sheets.

A Set of Eighteen Hungarian Matchbox Labels:

These are all numbered, in varying corners, from 1 to 18 and are presented in that order. All, except #18, have the following text, in white, on a black panel at the bottom. All also have a "40f", in black or white, in varying corners of the vignette portion.

"SPORTFOGADASSAL AZ OLIMPIAI MAGYAR SIKEREKERT"; there is a "logo" in the black panel, to left of text, which appears to be a round ball with a caricature face on it. Vignette portions of these labels are all drawn in black.

202. XVII OLIMPIA in black, across upper half of label; ROMA 1960 in white, down right lower half. 44x30.5mm, imperf, color of vignette background: light orange-brown

203. ROMAI OLIMPIA up left side; 1960 at upper left side; vignette: two classic runners.

204. ROMA 1960 up, upper left corner; OLIMPIAI JATEKOK (Olympic Games) across top; vignette: the official emblem of the 1960 Games (Romulus & Remus being suckled by a wolf, above an "MCMLX" panel and rings)

205. COLOSSEUM ROMA across top; 1960 down, at upper right; vignette: ancient coliseum with stylized clouds above.

206. OLIMPIAI JATEKOK across top; ROMA 1960, down, upper right; vignette: two classic wrestlers.

207. ROMA 1960 up, at upper left; vignette: a boxer.

208. ROMA upper right; 1960, down, upper right; vignette: man on horse, jumping.

209. ROMA up, upper left; 1960 upper left; soccer player.

210. ROMAI OLIMPIA up left side; 1960 at upper left; vignette: a relay runner, carrying baton.

211. ROMAI OLIMPIA up, at lower left; 1960, at upper left; vignette: a fencer.

212. ROMAI at upper right; OLIMPIA 1960 down right side; vignette: a water polo player.

213. ROMA 1960 up left side; girl paddling a scull.

214. ROMA 1960 above center; 0LIMPIAI JATEKOK down right; vignette: a hand carrying the Olympic torch.

215. OLIMPIAI STADION across top; ROMA 1960 down, upper right; vignette: an Olympic stadium viewed from above.

216. SPORTPALOTA ROMA across top; 1960 down, upper right; vignette: sport's palace at Rome.

217. KIS SPORTPALOTA across top; ROMA 1960 down, upper right; vignette: small sport's palace at Rome.

218. ROMA 1960 up, left side; three flags, on poles.

219. No black pane at bottom of 18th. label but same text in center of label: SPORTFOGADASSAL AZ OLIMPIAI MAGYAR SIKEREKBRT; laurel branch at top; logo, in black, at bottom: appears to be a soccer or basket-ball with a caricature face (TT 00 for eyes & forehead)

202a-219a. Same as 202-219 but the light orange-brown colored labels are on pale yellow paper.

202b-219b. Same as 202-219 but background color is bright rose-red.

202C-219c. Same as 202-219 but background color is pale blue.

202d-219d. Same a 202-219 but background color is turquoise-green.

All of the above (90 different) are evaluated at 40¢ each or $7.00/set of 18 different.






220. A Serbo-Croatian Matchbox Label:

OLIMPISKI STADION U RIMU at upper right; SIBICE DOLAC - 50 DRVACA down left side; white Olympic rings at upper left.

Vignette: a stadium.

45x31mm, imperf. Colors: pink background, text & vignette are black ... Rare

"OLIMPISKI STADION U RIMU" translates "Stadium in Rome"
"SIBICE DOLAC" = "Dolac Matches"
"50 DRVACA" = 50 pieces

220a. Bosnian matchbox label (not in DuBois)

OLIMPISKI STADION MELBURN at upper right; SIBICE DOLAC - 50 DRVACA down left side; white Olympic rings at upper left.

Vignette: Melbourne Olympic stadium

45x31mm, imperf. Colors: blue-green background, text & vignette are black

220b. Bosnian matchbox label (not in DuBois)

OLYMPISKI STADION HELSINKI at upper right; SIBICE DOLAC - 50 DRVACA down left side; white Olympic rings at upper left.

Vignette: Helsinki Olympic stadium

45x31mm, imperf. Colors: yellow background, text & vignette are black

5/9/18 - The complete set of ten labels to which the DuBois label belongs finally turned up on eBay today, so we can complete this listing. We have a set of 10 Bosnian matchbox labels, all of them depicting football stadiums, three of them with Olympic rings.

I have one question - When were these labels issued? That determines where they belong in this collection. To answer that, we need to know when the stadiums were built, and which Games they hosted.

OLYMPIC STADIUM in Helsinki, Finland - opened 1938 - site of 1952 Games
OLYMPIC STADIUM in Melbourne, Australia - opened 1956 - site of 1956 Games
OLYMPIC STADIUM in Rome, Italy - opened 1937, renovated 1953 - site of 1960 Games
"NEP" stadium in Budapest, Hungary - opened 1953
LENIN stadium in Moscow, Russia - opened 1956
MARACANA stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - opened 1950
STADIUM JNA BEOGRAD - Partizan Stadium Belgrade, Serbia - OPENED 1951
STADION "PRATER" BEC - Vienna, Austria - opened 1931
STADION SAN-SIRO Milan, Italy - opened 1926
STADION "POLLO-GRAND" New York, USA - opened 1890 (demolished 1964)
SO, the date of the latest Games is 1960, and none of the stadiums opened later than that. One was demolished soon after. Therefore I think these labels date from around 1960, and this is the proper page for them.

The factory is still producing matches!




221. WERDE at top; MITGLIED at bottom

Vignette: a narrow torch, with flame above and Olympic rings below; "DOG" in front of torch (Deutsche Olympische Gesellschaft)

30x43m (42x54mm overall), imperf, black on silver background ... Rare

(Translation: "Become a member of the German Olympic Society").

Note: See No.60 for another D.O.G. label.


The second image at left was cropped from a recent David Feldman auction image (shown) - it looks like a cutout of a drawing of 221 - but???

1960-222, 223, 224


1960-222 back

1960-222 back minus text

1960-222 front

1960-224 front

A German Fund-Raising Card:

222. A 41.5x104mm, green panel on the right contains the text: DEUTSCHES OLYMPIADE-KOMITEE FUR REITEREI E.V. Above the latter text is a gold- background label with a white border: REITER up upper left, OLYMPIA at top, SPENDE down upper right (Equestrian Olympic donation)

Vignette: a black & white drawing of a rider on a horse, Olympic rings in their usual multicolors are bolow (interlaced as on official Olympic flag).


(It is not known whether or not the latter drawn-label exists separately as a label but it can serve as such as a "cut-out" label).

The larger section on the left has 19 lines of German text which are now translated:

"In connection with the XVIIth Olympic Games in Rome, the Olympic Riding Contests take place September 5 to 15, 1960. The German equestrians will compete in these contests with the best riders and horses of the world in all three disciplines - jumping, dressage and virtuosity (military).

The preparations for the Olympic equestrian Games of 1960 have been going on with full speed for quite a while. During the available months everythimg will be done to reach the best possible representation of German riders and horses in Rome.

All these measures unfortunately cost money. Any monetary support therefore, is most welcome. All friends of horses and riders should procure a Rider- Olympic-contribution button and wear it, available for the price of 5.- DM. Bank account: Warendorf Savings Bank No. 6016. Postal checking account: Essen No. 39222"

Front side of card: A green panel on left (55x68mm). German text, translated into English:

I order below, cash on delivery ___ pieces Rider-Olympic-Fund Buttons - Name and correct address of the orderer - name - locality - street. Text on right side: Printed matter to the German Olympiade- Committee for Equestrians Warendorf, State of Westphalia (West Germany)

Overall size - 14.8x10.4cm

An Address Label:
223. Same as back side of No.222, with green panel on right containing gold label and text: DEUTSCHES OLYMPIADE-KOMITEE FUR REITEREI E.V.
(German Olympiad Committee for Equestrians, Inc.)

14.8x10.8cm, gummed on back.

224. Same as 222 but panels on front & back are blue instead of green.

(Thanks to David Feldman auctions for most of these images. )


An "Alitalia" Air-Line, Advertising Label:

225. A round label with the following text in a wide, red outer border: "LA LIGNE OFFICIELLE DES JEUX OLYMPIQUES 1960" - "ALATALIA" in a chord-line, above the 1960.

Vignette: the emblem of the "1960 - Rome" Games, the statue of a wolf suckling Romulus and Remus, as occurs on label nos. 9-20 of this section.

10cm diameter (overall), outer text is black ... $5.00

(Text: The Official Line of the Olympic Games - 1960 - ALITALIA)

Note: It is likely that this label was issued in other languages. Fine print, below ALITALIA, states "Printed in Italy" and the outer text is in French.

8/31/2019 - As DuBois assumed, this was issued in other languages - the English version shown at bottom left turned up on eBay:




226. This shield-decal is similar to No. 101 of the 1956-Melbourne section, except:

1. Olympic rings are not multicolored. The three upper rings are dark blue and the two lower rings are red.

2. "CONTRIBUTOR U.S. OLYMPIC FUND" text has thinner letters.

3. Text on back is different, as illustrated at left. Main part of that text states,

The United States Olympic Committee has issued these decalcomania transfers to help raise the fund to send the United States teams to the Pan- American Games and to the Olympic Games.

UNITED STATES OLYMPIC COMMITTEE 57 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. Contribution $1.00

No. 226 is evaluated at $12.00

NOTE 1: DuBois does not mention the string of numbers printed at bottom left on the backing paper - "649769-3" in the example he shows, and "6410297- 9" in ours.

SO should we call these two separate varieties, or is the number unimportant? You'll have to decide.

NOTE 2: The date can be confirmed by this image which shows a group of Olympic decals obtained at the 1960 Squaw Valley Games.

NOTE 3: NEW FIND by Philippe Pavard at left, I've called it 226a. Two key differences:

1. Size of text on face:
226 is 84x109 mm overall - 75x101 mm design - 49x20 mm panel - 41 mm "OLYMPIC"
226a is 83x110 mm overall - 75x103 mm design - 49x20 mm panel - 47 mm "OLYMPIC"
This difference is clearly visible in "OLYMPIC" which spans the four white stripes in 226, but spans into the five red stripes in 226a.

2. Text on back -
"ALLIED DECALS INC." at bottom and no string of numbers.


The following labels were not listed in the DuBois catalog. Further additions are welcomed.

New number Source images & text Images of actual label(s) Description and comments
1960-x1 to x4


Four Youth Post vignettes from the Polish town of Gostyn

x1. Horizontal rectangle with ROMA 1960 at top, PZF. GOSTYN at upper left, POCZTA MLODZIEZOWA at bottom, vignette of diver with building in background. Blue, imperf, approx 40x30mm

x2. Vertical rectangle with ROMA at top, PZF. GOSTYN down left side, 1960 down upper right, POCZTA MLODZIEZOWA at bottom, vignette of Olympic runner carrying torch. Orange, imperf, approx 30x40mm.

x3. Triangular stamp, widest side at top, PZF. GOSTYN across upper edge, ROMA at upper right, POCZTA down left edge, MLODZIEZOWA up right edge. Orange, imperf, approx 70x40mm.

x4. Overprinted version of x3.
- Down left edge: 6 MEDALI SREBRNYCH
- Up right edge: 11 MEDAL BRAZOWYCH

These are described and pictured in Dr. Roman Babut's fascinating article "A Polish Olympic story in the Eternal City ROME 1960" (excerpt at left) - they have turned up in a few David Feldman auctions as well.

They are presumed Rare.

( Dr Babut is President of the Polish Club of Olympic and Sports Philately.)

1960-x5 a, b, and c

3 Vignettes issued by the Scout's Post in Polish town of Rzeszów

x5. Square stamp with HARCERSKA POCZTA OLIMPIADA RZYM 1960 across top, DRUZYNA HARCERSKA IM GEN WALTERA RZESZÓW across bottom and up right side, profile of female runner in foreground, and of three male runners in back. Olympic rings at bottom right, decorative border with simulated perfs. Colors: a) orange, b) blue, c) red; imperf, approx 25x25mm.

HARCERSKA POCZTA OLIMPIADA RZYM 1960 = Scout Post Rome Olympiad 1960

I have seen these labels several places now:
Dr. Babut's article, excerpted at left; on THIS PAGE; in a Heiko Volk auction; and in the image shown, from the collection of Tony Wiegard.

The original Polish Scout Post was initiated during the closing days of WWII. Children were enlisted for a time to carry the mail within Warsaw. FULL STORY HERE. So I assume this was an homage to that event, as well as an effort to raise funds.

1960-x6 a,b,c,d & x7 a,b

1960-x6 a thru d
all four colors

1960-x7 a & b
Are there other colors?

TOTALIZATOR SPORTOWY Olympic fund stamps

x6. Horizontal rectangle with PANTSW. PRZEDSIEB. up the left side, TOTALIZATOR SPORTOWY across top, vignette of several nude relay runners, 2 zl at bottom right, designer and engraver's names at bottom left and right, PWPW at bottom middle. Four colors: a) green, b) red, c) blue, d) violet. Approximate size 25x20mm (?), perf 11?

x7. Triangular stamp with PANTSWOWE up left side, PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO up the left side, TOTALIZATOR SPORTOWY at bottom, vignette of javelin thrower, 10zl at bottom right of vignette, designer and engraver's names at bottom left and right, PWPW at bottom middle. At least two colors, a) red and b) green. Approximate size 50x30mm (?), perf 11?

I'm not completely clear on how these were distributed, but I think the rectangular ones (x6) were included with lottery winnings, and the cost was deducted from one's payout and used to fund the POC. Or something like that.

The triangular ones (x7) were available if one mailed in five of the basic ones.

There are many overprints.

My original source of this story was the Roman Babut article excerpted at far left, with additional input from this web page: Note that the rectangular stamps were engraved by the legendary Polish engraver Czeslaw Slania, which adds to their collector appeal.

Questions abound: How long did the scheme last? How many were distributed? Are there other colors of x7? Where are they now?

In answer to that last question, the rectangular ones turn up on eBay and delcampe fairly often, though at steep prices ($15 to $80), which suggests either few were issued, or no one saved them. I found only one auction record with a copy of the triangular stamp, so that must be considered Rare.

Oh, and TOTALIZATOR SPORT is the name of the Polish state lottery company
PANTSW. PRZEDSIEB. is the abbreviated form of PANTSWOWE PRZEDSIEBIORSTWO which translates "State Business." PWPW is the Polish state printing company.

(Be sure you enlarge the image at far left and read the story below the images - about the statue depicted on x6.
Here is how it looks today - SZTAFETA means RELAY.)


C.O.N.I. label???

x8. Round label, C.O.N.I. at top edge, GIOCHI DELLA XVII OLYMPIADE encircling border, vignette = Rome-1960 Olympic logo, with wolf suckling Romulus and Remus, Olympic rings below. Bright red, die-cut, size unknown.


C.O.N.I stands for Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano, The Italian National Olympic Committee, so I assume this was their official label, but I'm puzzled I have not seen it elsewhere. Stay tuned.


Sports Stamps Philatelic Exhibition, Bologna, 1959

x9. Vertical rectangle, text in central part reads

Verso le Olimpiada di Roma
Verso le Olimpiada di Roma
(additional text up and down sides).

Vignette at upper center of female gymnast doing handstand, Olympic rings.
Color: red on white paper
Size: 32x43mm design, 36x48mm total.


Towards the Olympics in Rome
BOLOGNA 17-25 October 1959
Towards the Olympics in Rome



x10. Vertical rectangle, tailfin of airliner with text superimposed:


In bottom margin, 10777 at left, PRINTED IN DENMARK at right.

Multicolored, size:? 40x60mm? Imperf

I found this on the www, with no data about its size, but I am guessing it is about 40x60mm, just from the looks of it.


Olympic torch runner card/label

x11. Vertical rectangle, cream-colored background; oval vignette with yellow background, Olympic rings at top, torch runner at center, sprigs of green at sides, "OLIMPIADA 1960 ROMA ITALIA" in a wide ribbon at bottom, colors of Italian flag on ends of ribbon. Multicolored. Size approx. 71x93mm, diecut imperf

From a David Feldman auction. Is it really a label? The shape is odd: square corners on the bottom, rounded corners at the top. It could be a playing card or something else cut down to eliminate text at the bottom. Anyone?

But I just realized it looks a lot like a decal.

HERE it is on the auction image.


German Canoeing Association fund-raising label

x12. Horizontal rectangle:

DEUTSCHER KANU-VERBAND at top center, 25 Pfennig in middle, Olympic rings at bottom, OLYMPIA in box down left side, SPENDE in box down right side, double-line border.

Cream colored paper, blue ink.

Size approx. 25x20mm design. perf x?


DuBois lists this with the 1964 labels (1964-55), but I found this image in a David Feldman auction, and elsewhere the cropped image showing two copies on cover, dated 1960, so that confirms it was issued 1960 or earlier.

Perhaps it was still in use in 1964.

Blue ink on tan paper.

1960-x13 a,b,c,d & x14 a,b,c,d

Souvenir Labels
American Stamp Dealers Association National Stamp Show, New York, 1961

x13. Vertical rectangle -

Text at top:

Text at bottom:

Vignette in center, classic image of discus thrower in front of globe and clouds, and underneath, OLYMPICS, with ASDA in triangle.

Size: 33x45mm design, perf 12.5 and imperf

Colors: Vignette blue, border a) yellow, b) brown, c) red, c) green


x14. Same as x13, but instead of "OLYMPICS" the text beneath the discus thrower is "SPORTS"

Size: 33x45mm design, perf 12.5 and imperf

Colors: Vignette blue, border a) yellow, b) brown, c) red, c) green


x13 and x14 were printed setenant on sheets of ten stamps
Text at top of sheets repeats that on stamps.
Text at bottom of sheets is as follows:

The Sports and Olympic subject of these Poster Stamps was selected
in recognition of the present trend to Topical Collecting


Published by
Pioneer of Aerophilately

NOTE tete-beche pair at left side of each sheet

Regularly available on eBay.


1960-x15 single stamp

1960-x15 set of progressive proofs with overprint - NOW INCORPORATED IN OLYMPIC PHILATELIST

OLYMPIC REVIEW advertising stamp

x15. Vertical rectangle -

(Olympic rings)

Size: design 31x50mm
Colors: cream-colored paper, light brown background, black text, imperf

This single stamp and set of "progressive proofs" were in a collection I acquired many years ago, among the 1960 material, so I assume that is their date, but I have been unable to find out anything at all about them, though I learned that Ernest Trory (author of the primary catalog of Olympic labels before DuBois) owned Crabtree Press, and edited and published both Olympic Review and Olympic Philatelist. HERE is an image of a copy of Olympic Philatelist. from 1965. And HERE is an interesting biography of Trory, who was a man of many talents!

There is a Swiss publication called The Olympic Review, published quarterly in Lausanne in French and English, but that is in no way connected.

Occasionally available on eBay.

12/18/18 - This was offered on eBay recently - it sold for $1, because the seller carelessly copied the auction title from a totally different auction, misdescribing it completely. I discovered it totally by accident. It is a cover mailed by Ernest Trory, who it seems was a dealer as well as a publisher, writer, and agitator.

1960-x16 a,b,c & x17 a,b,c

1960-x16 a,b,c

1960-x17 a,b,c

Romanian Government in Exile - ROMA 1960

x16a. Horizontal rectangle:

Top left: ROMANIA & Olympic rings
Center: ROMA 1960
Right middle: Tineri, respingeti doctrina comunista! (Romanian text)
Bottom left: POSTA 75 (bani) - mens sana in corpore sano

Vignette, in center, soldier pointing pistol at Communist hammer and sickle in target, Olympic torch, Decorative border of Greek keys at right.
In bottom selvage: Olympic rings, Roma 1960
Size: 62x27mm (design), Color: dark green on white paper, perf 12 and imperf
x16b. Same as x16a, but text at right reads ¡Jovenes, rechazad la doctrina comunista! (Spanish text)
x16c. Same as x16a, but text at right reads Youth must repel the commnist regime! (English text)


x17 a,b,c - Same as x16 but with overprints for European Athletic Games, Sept 12-16, 1962, Belgrade, in same languages as message on stamp. supplied these stats:
x16 & x17 were Printed in Madrid
x16 was issued 13 january 1960; Issue: 24,000 perforated, 5,000 imperforate; 1,700 FDC
x17 was issued 15 september 1962; Issue: 9,000 perforated, 3,000 imperforate; 1,500 FDC perf, 300 FDC imperf

Usually available on eBay.


x18. A rounded horizontal rectangle:

Olympic rings at top


38mm x 25mm

Gold foil, red, black and aqua ink



x19. A Rectangular souvenir sheet

Zur Erinnerung an die erste Raketenpost
in Königsbrunn bei Augsburg während der
(Olympic rings)
XVII. Olympiade des Jahres 1960 in Rom
und die glückliche Heimkehr der Olympia-Siegerin
Heidi Schmid

Futuristic rocket taking off from Earth in middle
ERSTE NACHTRAKETE 1960 at bottom

SIZE: 148 x 105mm

Translation of text: In memory of the first rocket mail in Königsbrunn near Augsburg during XVII. Olympics of 1960 in Rome and the safe return of Olympic champion Heidi Schmid


(e.V. is Eingetragener Verein = Registered Association)


x20. A triangular Colombian Fund Label

1960 20c Campaña pro-asistencia de COLOMBIA
a los juegos olimpicos de ROMA

Campaign for assistance of COLOMBIA at the Rome Olympics

SIZE: ca. 66 x 48

Colors: multicolored


x21. A Czech label

ŘÍM 1960 at top, Czech flag in middle, Olympic rings below, 1958 at bottom.

SIZE: 55 x 47

1960-x22, x23, x24


x22, x23, x24: Three Italian decals with original package.

x22: Shield-shaped image with Colisseum in middle, Olympic rings, ROMA OLIMPIADI 1960, border of flags of participating nations.
SIZE: 70 x 92

x23: ROMA 1960 at top, OLIMPIADI at bottom, Olympic stadium in middle, Statue of wolf suckling Romulus and Remus, Border of flags, column, torch.
SIZE: 82 x 65

x24: ROMA, Coliseum, wolf at top; Discobolus, Olympic stadium, torch in middle; OLIMPIADI 1960 at bottom, Border of flags
SIZE: 88 x 58

Images and data from a recent (2016) Heiko Volk auction.


x25: Water bottle labels

Top label:

Bottom label:


x26: Label for Touring Stamp Exhibition, Israel, 1959

Vignette shows Olympic torch runner

Most of text is in Hebrew, except "TOURING STAMP EXHIBITION"

This stamp was part of a set, size unknown, 7 more shown below. None of these has an explicit Olympic connection.



Poster with same design

1960 Help to send Israeli sportsmen to the Rome Olympics
Olympic Committee of Israel

ISRAELI OLYMPIC CHARITY STAMPS - 1952 (?) thru 1960(?)

x27 - green, 50 pruta (22 x 41 mm overall), 1952?
x28 - brown, 100 pruta (22 x 41 mm overall), 1952?
x29 - blue, undenominated (14x24mm, vignette), 1960?

Translation of Hebrew text:

Issued by the Olympic Committee in Israel
Donation for the participation of the Israel team in the Olympic games.

Philippe Pavard provided the following information from the Israeli seller (moka18) of the card/certificate (fourth row at left):

Card dimensions: 12.50cm x 17.50cm

Translation of the certificate:

Academic Sports Association of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Certificate of Excellence
Given to Yoram Ben David member of Sports Education seminary
First place BASKETBALL: 34 - 56 Ymka Jerusalem 1953

On the stamp:

50 Pruta issued by the Olympic Committee in Israel
Donation for the participation of the Israel team in the Olympic games.

12/20/16 - These stamps started turning up several months ago on eBay and other sites, and at first the only way I could date them was the poster, which has the same design, and says "1960." Then Philippe Pavard found the card, and the seller was able to provide a translation and date, so we know the green and brown stamps are from 1953 or earlier. The blue stamp is from a small lot in a Heiko Volk auction, with items all relating to the 1960 Games, so its previous owner thought that was its date. Further information is welcome.

1960-x30 thru 1960-x33

x30 thru x33: Deutscher Verband für Leichtathletik (DVfL) Stamps

6/20/17 - Fund raising stamps for East German sports organization

The Google translation of Deutscher Verband für Leichtathletik is "German Association for Athletics," but I think the term "athletics" is too loose - it means Track and Field sports. One source said this was the "umbrella organization" for all sports groups of the DDR.

The source of these images,, says they are undated, but each references the 1960 Olympic Games, and the individuals pictured all medaled for the DDR at those Games, so I am adding these labels here.

East Germany was obsessed with fund-raising stamps and other non-postal labels. Visit for an illustrated catalog of over 13,000 "Contribution, donation and fee stamps of the SBZ and the GDR." All of the East German stamps on this page are listed there. Navigation is a bit tricky, but it's well worth the effort to figure it out. The site's author has done an excellent job.


SEE ALSO 1960W-x4


x34. A horizontal rectangle:

At left:
From U.N. Building to Rome - Aug. 25
Franked in Accordance with
Title 39 U.S. Code Sec. 500

At right:
Head of Mercury with winged helmet

Approx 85x25mm design

Color: Blue ink on white paper.


I looked up Title 39, it is a US Postal Law - Section 500 was renumbered, and is now 401 (I think ) which simply describes "General powers of the Postal Service"

I found several eBay auctions with this on cover, and it appears the label was a sort of meter postage. If so, it does not belong to this collection - we include only non-postal items.

Can anyone explain more?

NOTE - The Rome Games were the XVII Summer Games - why does this label say III? I think the answer is that it was created by modifying a similar label created for the preceding VIII Winter Games in Squaw Valley - see that page, item 1960W-x4. Whoever made this just cut off the "V", either out of carelessness or ignorance.


x35. An Italian label

OLIMPIADE ROMA 1960 at top,
Olympic torch and rings below,
blue background, gold border

SIZE: 60x60x60mm

1960 Guinea 201-202, C24-26

x36. Proofs of overprints for stamps of Guinea

Auction title: 1960 Guinea 201-202, C24-26 Overprint Trial Color Die Proofs - Olympics MNH*
Sold on eBay Jul 12, 2015
10 different overprint color die proofs for the Rome Olympics.
"Jeux Olympiques, Rome 1960" Mint never hinged.

These do not belong in this collection per se, and I doubt one could buy them cheaply (no idea what they sold for), but in case someone runs across them and wants to know what they are, I am including them here.


x37. A Czech decal/transfer

Shield with navy blue background, gold rim, orange text, multicolored Olympic rings.

SIZE: unknown

Romania Scott 1326-30, perf and imperf

x38. a & b - two decorative labels in a sheet of Romanian stamps. Olympic torch and rings.

Two more entries in the growing list of decorative labels included in sheets of postage stamps - a new specialization!

If you detach them from their neighbors, there is no way to tell these have a postal origin, so they could be considered Cinderellas, and candidates for this listing. I'll let you decide.

What I love about these Romanian stamps is their sheet format. Look at the images in the second column. The complete set comprises five stamps, printed in two groups, on separate sheets. When you place the strips together in the proper way, the large, colored Olympic rings join into a single image. Nice!

delcampe image

Complete set
5 singles and a souvenir sheet

April 2, 2019 -I found the image in the second column on delcampe, with the notation that it is a Cinderella. And indeed it is not listed in Scott. But it says "CORREO" and that means "mail." But the denomination is quite high for 1960, when the rate was 1 centavo. A mystery.

April 3, 2020 - A collector sent me the image in column 3, with this explanation:

I obtained what I believe is a full set about 15 years ago from a European dealer. Here is what he told me,I do not know if this information is correct but it makes a good story: The Cuban ambassador to Italy in 1960 was pushing his government to issue stamps honoring the Rome Olympics. On his own and without official permission he had five stamps and a souvenir sheet designed and printed. The souvenir sheet was printed on a paper with a fine cloth-like texture. When the Cuban government learned of this the ambassador was recalled and dismissed. These were never used official and most of the stock was destroyed. I have no idea how many he printed.

Indeed, a great story. I found a copy of the souvenir sheet HERE, titled "Unauthorized 1960 Olympics Issue by Lux Materiale Filatelico of Milan." So that confirms the story somewhat.

This brings up an interesting question, though: If this was supposed to be a postage stamp, does it belong in a collection of poster stamps? I shun the trash issued by the sand-dune states, for example, though they are Cinderellas. I guess that's up to you, the collector. I'm leaving it here, because I like the story. :-)

Oh, and click on the large image and then zoom in - the paper does indeed have a cloth-like surface.


x40. These are borderline entries in this catalog, but I like them, so if I were still collecting, I would want a set. The Olympic connection is threefold - Japan, 1960, and the rings on the cover of the folder that held the stamps. They are not in the Olympic configuration, but clearly the rings refer to the Olympics, right?

x41. Advertising Label created by Fabian Bura, Polish philatelist and writer, author of Polish Olympic Chronicle in Philately, Warsaw, 1976.
x42. Stamp album label Label created by Fabian Bura, Polish philatelist and writer, author of Polish Olympic Chronicle in Philately, Warsaw, 1976.

x43. Brazil 1958 X Jogos da Primavera Sports Poster Stamps Two vintage sheetlets of four vignettes each issued in connection with Brazil's 10th Spring Games. One sheet contains two stamps each depicting the games logo and Mario Filho, owner of the Brazilian Jornal dos Sports who founded the event in 1947 as a week of student games in all sports for all ages. The second sheet depicts images ofatheletes participating in volleyball, archery swimming and tennis superimposed over images of spring flowers. Approximate size of each: 100mm x 100mm & 102mm x 160mm. Mint never hinged

Spring Games

In order to integrate sports, leisure and education, the Spring Games are aimed at all students of all educational institutions, whether they are at the elementary, middle, technical or higher level.

The traditional competition, held more than 40 years ago, attracts athletes, basketball, capoeira, futsal, handball, judo, swimming, karate, table tennis, volleyball and chess. The Spring Games take place every year, always in the second semester, and usually brings together thousands of participants.


Label for Yugoslav journalist
197 x 94 mm

02/15/2022 - Label for US journalist

x44. Official luggage tags.

These are not stickers or labels, so they are very borderline items for this catalog, but I have gotten interested in Olympic luggage tags and labels lately, so I am including these here in case you want to pursue the area.

It looks like they were issued by the Italian Olympic Committee to the various teams to aid in processing luggage as it entered Rome for the Games. The home country is at top left. Very nice.

Wikipedia says there were 83 countries represented at these Games - were there labels for all of them? How many of each?


All the personal luggage of the sports authorities, athletes, journalists etc. had special labels in papertex attached to it. The 60,000 labels used were divided up into six different groups, each of different colour and with different wording. The Members of the I.O.C., Presidents and Secretaries of Olympic Committees and the Presidents and Secretaries of International Sports Federations were provided with labels distinguished by a white band and the flag of the country of origin. For the athletes and juries the band was respectively green and light blue while the representatives of the Press were provided with a pink label. The labels for the Radio and TV corporations bore a pink band with the wording " Radio-TV " replacing the flag. Photographers had a white label with the wording " Foto " replacing the flag of country of origin. All the labels were numbered consecutively and contained sufficient space for the address.



SIZE: 8,5 x 6cm

I assume these were distributed in packages of VISO chocolates. A brief search for similar items found many in Spain, for many brands of chocolate, so the concept must be popular there. Sort of like the Panini stickers, and therefore not appealing to me. What makes this one a bit more acceptable is that it is tied directly to a specific Olympics, with a trip to those Games as a prize.

The text on the back calls this an "estampilla" or "Stamp." But it looks to me more like a card. Is it a peel & stick? I would have bought it to find out, but the seller (on todocoleccion) wanted 10 Euros plus shipping and I am not THAT curious.

It also looks like part of a set, but I have not seen others.


Guarde Usted esta estampilla...pues todos los numeros de las distintas series,
iguales al primer premio de la loteria nacional del 5 de enero de 1960 obtendran una magnifica
Maquina de coser REFREY Orgullo de las industria nacional.
Entre dichas estampilias premiadas se realizara ante Notario el sorteo de nuestro Gran Premio:
A la Olimpiada de Roma de 1960! con viajes y gastos pagados.
Siga usted consumiendo nuestros ruquisimos chocolates y podra obtener
otros magnificos regalos. Para ello no tiene mas que esperar a que
la llegue la estampilla premiada. y no olvide que VISO es Signo de calidad!

Save this stamp ... then all the numbers of the different series,
equal to the first prize of the national lottery on January 5, 1960, they will obtain
A magnificent Sewing machine REFREY Pride of the national industry.
Among these winning stampers will be held before a Notary the raffle of our Grand Prize:
To the Rome Olympics of 1960! with travel and expenses paid.
Continue to consume our delicious chocolates and you can get other great gifts.
To do this you just have to wait for the winning stamp to arrive
and do not forget that VISO is a sign of quality!


x46. Label for bottle of Italian sparkling wine (Moscato d'Asti) produced especially for the Rome Olympics.

I find it interesting that it mentions the Olympics, but uses a symbol with 7 rings, which is of course NOT the Olympic symbol. So presumably they were unable or unwilling to get official rights to the endorsement.

So I consider this an optional entry in this catalog. But I like it.


x47. Dutch label - The Olympic rings, in their proper colors, at center. "OLYMPISCHE SPELEN - ROME 1960" in an oval frame, bright green on the left, bright red on the right. (The colors of the Italian flag.)

SIZE: 3.5-inches by 2 5/8-inches

The anonymous collector who sent this image adds:

It is perfectly streight on the edges. There was a bit of shadow from the scanner. It is just one big label. I got it a few years ago on Ebay with a couple of the common round German labels (your 1960-1). The seller knew nothing about any of them. It is a bit crude. The letters "CHE" in OLYMPISCHE are lower than they should be ... of course 1960 was before computer design and someone probably laid this out by hand.

Does anyone know more?

6/16/2020 - Theo an Anja, my Dutch cohort, had this to say about this label:
I was only 2 years old at that time, but I'm pretty sure that these labels were issued by the VEGÉ supermarket. Before the while the Games were on, you could collect all the sports on labels and fill an album with them. I don't think you will find many of these labels nowadays. Many of the albums are thrown away after some years.
Thanks, Theo! Can anyone tell us more, or show MORE of the labels. OR an albmu!


As I hate these, and they seem endless, I am creating a separate numbering sequence for them - "xmb"

1960-xmb1 a thru nn

DeGruyter matchbox labels - Olympics stamps

1960-xmb1. Numbered set of 40 DeGruyter matchbox labels with reproductions of stamps issued in 1960 (?) and relating to Olympics and sports. Most of the stamps have the Olympic rings - a few do not.

I am reluctant to add more matchbox labels to this page, as I know of even more sets that could belong here, and frankly, I hate matchbox labels. They're just exploitation, in my view. I prefer labels with a message, or a purpose. But that's just me.

According to Wikipedia:

Walter de Gruyter GmbH (brand name: DeGruyter) is a scholarly publishing house specializing in academic literature. The company has its roots in the bookstore of the Königliche Realschule in Berlin, which had been granted the royal privilege to print books by King Frederick II of Prussia in 1749. In 1801 the store was taken over by Georg Reimer. In 1919, Walter de Gruyter (1862-1923) merged it with 4 other publishing houses into the company that became Verlag Walter de Gruyter & Co in 1923, and Walter de Gruyter GmbH in 2012.

1960-xmb2 and xmb3




And still more matchbox labels...

1960-xmb2: Set of 16 Russian matchbox labels with colorful Olympic sports images, Olympic rings, no text.

The orange background in the labels of the upper image is printed - the backs of these labels are white.

1960-xmb3: Set of 12 Italian matchbox labels with flags of 24 of the participating nations - how did they decide which to exclude? 83 nations sent athletes to these Games.

"OLIMPIADA - 1969 - ROMA" at top
Olympic rings
two flags with names of countries
"FIAMMIFERI di prima QUALITÁ" at bottom

Flags shown:
Andorra,Argentina,Austria,Belgium,Bulgaria,Denmark,Finland,France,Hungary, Ireland,Israel,Italy,Japan,Luxembourg,Monaco,Netherlands,Norway,Poland, Rumania,Spain,Sweden,Switzerland,Syria,UK

Most of these are European countries, but not all. And some key European countries are left out. Odd.

1960-xmb4 001 through 030

1960-xmb4 031 through 060

1960-xmb4 061 through 090

1960-xmb4 091 through 120



THIS set is shown on my 1912 page, since it includes a label with the emblem of those Games (#21), and that was the first one I encountered. The complete set of 120 labels includes images from 1894 through 1960, so I am listing it officially here.

YES, the last label shows a sign saying TOKYO 1964 - that is from the closing ceremony of the 1960 Rome Games, when Tokyo presented its preview of the next Games, so these must have been issued in late 1960.

1960-xmb5 001 through 010
12/29/2019 - NEW LISTING

VISA cigarette matchbox labels, sports scenes with Olympic rings.

These all occur both with and without the rings. There are more entries in the set, (note numbers), but not all have sports scenes.

I am listing them here based on eBay listings and other mentions on the www.

The company was Belgian.

12/29/2019 - NEW LISTING

Flags of the Olympics. The last one is the Olympic flag.

No date, but there are 88 of them, and that matches (almost) the number for 1960:

1956 = 72, 1960 = 83, 1964 = 93.

Good enough for me!

If the labels had the names of the countries, one could verify the date by which countries are present or missing, but no such luck, and I don't have the patience to figure them all out!

BELOW, still more decals and stickers, and wrappers for packages of decals
for these Summer Games, most of them from the incomparable web exhibit of Mario Capuano
(Note: a few of these could be patches or badges. I have seen none of them first-hand.)



5/30/18 - Philippe Pavard supplied the two images below of new additions to his collection
"5 decals - 1960 3ème Serie with the n° 4062-4063-4065-4067-4068 (on the back) Dimensions each 82x74 mm overall - 70x60 mm image." Thanks, Phil.





FIC = Federazione Italiana Canottaggio
Italian Rowing Federation Olympic Team

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