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

1972 - XX Olympiad - Munich

Aug. 26 - Sept. 11


Official Emblem, Official Poster, and official pictograms for 1972 Summer Games in Munich

Poster: As had become traditional for the Olympic Games, there were many posters created for the 1972 Munich event. The one shown above is the "Lead Poster," the one considered the "official image," but there were at least 51 (!) others relating to specific sports or themes (28 artist posters, and 24 sports posters). "The official poster was meant to promote not one specific sports event, but the whole of the Munich Games. It was supposed to express the specific spirit of the Games. Here, the design evokes the modern architecture of the sporting venues, in a style and using colours which are purposefully simple and pure. In the centre of the background, the famous Olympic tower."

Emblem: "It represents a crown of rays of light, a design symbolizing the spirit of the Munich Games- light, freshness, generosity, expressed by the design "Radiant Munich". It was created by Otl Aicher, the designer and director of the visual conception commission. His project was chosen in spite of a competition whose 2,332 entries were unsatisfactory."

According to WIKIPEDIA:

The 1972 Summer Olympics (German: Olympische Sommerspiele 1972), officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Munich, West Germany, from August 26 to September 11, 1972. The sporting nature of the event was largely overshadowed by the Munich massacre in the second week, in which eleven Israeli athletes and coaches and a West German police officer at Olympic village were killed by Black September Palestinian terrorists.

That's a terrible legacy to overcome, but Germany had devoted tremendous energy and enthusiasm towards making these "Die Heiteren Spiele", or "the cheerful Games," and in that spirit I present the display below of the labels, stickers, decals, poster stamps, vignettes, reklamemarken, etc. that were created to advertise or commemorate the 1972 Summer Olympics.

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

CLICK HERE to download the 1972 section (Sapporo and Munich) of the DuBois catalog as a pdf.

Label for IOC meeting in 1970.

The catalog below has been divided into sections, as follows (click on the title to go to that section):

SECTION I.   Labels listed in the 1972-MUNICH section of the DuBois Catalog,
             1972- 1 through 1972-85.

SECTION II.  Labels NOT listed in DuBois, except matchbox labels, 1972-x01 through 1972-xxx.

SECTION III. Matchbox labels not listed in DuBois, 1972-mbl-01 through 1972-mbl-xxx.

SECTION IV.  Peripheral items, 1972-z01 thru 1972-zxx, including the following:
             - Registration labels
             - cigar bands
             - Panini stickers
             - ESSO stickers
             - Sporthilfe labels
             - Decorative labels in sheets of postage stamps
             - Souvenir cover cachets
             - Beermats
             - etc.


The following poster stamps and labels were issued for the 1972 Summer Games in Munich

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

SECTION I - Labels listed in the DuBois Catalog

DuBois # Dubois catalog content
Images & text
Images of actual label(s) Transcription of DuBois text
plus Comments, corrections, and additions

TEXT IN COURIER FONT is from DuBois Catalog.
Text in other fonts is this author's.


The prices are as listed in DuBois, and were current in 1986.
Prices today are mostly higher.


1972-01 thru 19


4/1/19 - the sheet below is the first perforated sheet I have seen with marginal selvage - just saying.

The labels of this series (Nos. 1 to 19) have Olympic rings, city name, and date to the left or right of the vignette. The latter is a rectangular, white silhouette on a solid-color background;

Nos. 1 to 8:
SIZE: 41x24mm (overall), 33x22.5mm (vignette);
Perf 10 or imperforate;
COLORS: a)dark blue, b)green, c)purple, d)orange, e)bright rose;
PRICES: ... $0.50 each

1. Olympic rings/MUNICH 1972/ reading down on left. Vignette, on the right: a horse & chariot with rider holding a torch.
1B. Mirror image of #1(vignette on left)
2. Olympic rings/München 1972/ reading down on left. Vignette: same as #1 but rider is not holding a torch. Same sizes & colors as #1.
2B. Mirror image of #2(vignette on left).
3. Olympic rings/1972 MUNICH/ reading down on left. Vignette, on left: a chariot with two horses and two men, one man with a torch. Same sizes & colors as #1.
4. Olympic rings/1972 MUNICH/ reading down on right. Vignette, on left: a javelin thrower with another athlete standing nearby. Same size & colors as #1.
5. Olympic rings/MUNICH 1972/ reading down on left. Vignette, on right: three athletes, one holding a javelin, another standing over a third one who is prone. Same sizes & colors as #1.
6. Olympic rings/MONACO di BAVIERA/1972/ on right, text reading down (apparently calling Munich the "Monaco of Bavaria"). Vignette, on left: two athletes, one is prone, the other is bent over him (see label #5). Same sizes & colors as #1.
7. Olympic rings/MONACO de BAVIERA/1972/ on left, text reading down. Vignette, on right: Same as #1 but rider is holding a javelin. Same sizes as #1.

Nos. 8 to 19 which follow are similar designs to those of Nos. 1 to 7 but smaller;
SIZE: 23x23mm (overall), 15x23mm (vignette);
Perf 10 or imperforate;
COLORS: a)dark blue, b)green, c)purple, d)orange, e)bright rose;
PRICES: ... $0.50 each

8. Olympic rings/MUNICH 1972/ on left, reading down. Vignette; on right: an athlete in bent over position.
9. Olympic rings/MUNICH 1972/ on left, reading down. Vignette, on right: an athlete carrying a torch(perhaps baton) at finish line(tape).
10. Olympic rings/1972 MUNICH/ on right, reading down. Vignette, on left: an athlete running with a baton. Same sizes & colors as #8.
11. Olympic rings/1972 MUNICH/ on right, reading down. Vignette, on left: an athlete throwing a javelin. Same sizes & colors as #8.
12. Olympic rings/MUNICH 1972/ on left, reading down. Vignette, on right:an athlete throwing a javelin. Same sizes & colors as #8.
13. Olympic rings/München 1972/ on left, reading down. Vignette, on right: athlete No.9, without finish-line tape. Same sizes & colors as #8.
13B. Mirror image of #13, vignette on left.
14. Olympic rings/München 1972/ on left, reading down. Vignette, on right: two athletes with a torch and baton upraised. Same sizes & colors as #8.
15. Olympic rings/1972 München/ on right, reading up. Vignette, on left: an athlete in bent over position (vignette is a mirror image of #8). Same sizes & colors as #8.
16. Olympic rings/MONACO di BAVIERA/1972/ on roght, reading down. Vignette, on left: an athlete with a baton at finish-line tape (vignette is a mirror image of that of #9). Same sizes & colors as #8.
17. Olympic rings/MONACO di BAVIERA/ on right, reading down. Vignette, on left: an athlete upholding a torch(same as image No.13B. Same sizes & colors as #8.
18. Olympic rings/MONACO di BAVIERA/1972/ on left, Vignette, on right: an athlete holdng a javelin. Same sizes & colors as #8.
19. Olympic rings/MONACO di BAVIERA/1972/ on left. Vignette, on right: an athlete throwing a javelin (vignette is a mirror image of #11). Same sizes & colors as #8.

Clearly DuBois had not seen a complete sheet of these labels, such as the ones shown in column 3.

There are 30 different labels. I will not try to describe the ones he does not list.

I have not seen any ink colors other than the ones he lists, but it appears there may be different papers, including at least white and cream.

"MONACO di BAVIERA" is the Italian name for Munich. Look it up.


20. 1972/MÜNCHEN/ 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 border-line around edge, outer line about 1mm wide, gold outer edge indicates a die cut label.

SIZE: 45x60mm(overall)
Imperf (die cut)
COLOR: brown on gold except "SPIELE" which is gold on brown
Price: $2.50

(Issued by Erinnophilie International)

Label 1960-08 is identical except for text at top:


21 . An Esperanto Label

OLIMPIAJ LUDOJ/ between upper Olympic rings and vignette. 1972/München/below vignette.

Vignette, in center: a 15mm square depicting two stylized figures apparently diving off of a platform, an "R" in script print, at lower left; a wide 6-7mm black border with wavy white lines (half-circles).

33x62.5mm(overall), 21x47mm(vignette portion)
Design is black on white paper

I have doubts as to whether this is really a label. DuBois does not say whether it is gummed, and it is clear from the irregular shape and edges that it was cut from somethng larger. Perhaps it was an envelope cachet?

Stay tuned.

1972-22-26 There is no image for #22





Nos. 22 to 26 are round labels with decorative edging:

22. Olympische Spiele/Olympic rings/München 1972/ within central inner circle.
8mm wide outer border consists of "retreating petals."
39mm overall diameter, 23mm inner circle
Inner circle is tan, border & rings are gold

23. Same as #22 but inner circle is black

24. Same as #23, but rings, text & petal-border are white, petals are gold- edged

Nos. 25 & 26 are smaller than nos. 22 to 24 and have two inner concentric circles within "petal" edging:

25. OLYMPISCHE SPIELE/MÜNCHEN 1972/ gold text around tan outer circle; black inner circle has gold Olympic rings; outer decorative border (4mm wide) of "retreating petals' is gold.
26mm overall diameter, 11.5 & 17mm diameter inner and outer circles

26. Same as #25 but inner circle is tan and outer circle is black (that is, colors of #25 are reversed), rings, text and "petals) are gold as with #25

Like the previous label, 1972-21, these look like cutouts. The edges are irregular, and I am surprised DuBois included them without some reservation. He does not mention gum, and I bet they had none.

Or are they diecuts, and we cannot see the circular edges in the crude images of my copy of the catalog?





26B. Israel, K.K.L. Fund Label:

0.25/ at upper right corner; K.K.L plus Hebrew text across bottom; 1972/ at lower right, beneath vignette.

Vignette: multicolored, vertical ribbons above white Olympic rings.

26x36mm, overall

Perf 10.5

Text to left of ribbons is pale blue, bottom text & "0.25" are gray, upper text & "1972" are white, background is black


As you can see, this design was issued also in a .50 denomination as one stamp on the memorial sheet showing the eleven athletes.

AND, as with Israili postage stamps, they were printed in sheetlets with "tabs" at the bottom, which adds a collecting element for those concerned with such details. :-)

26Bx. 6/19/19 - the single stamp shown at bottom left, showing David Berger, turned up on eBay, and led me to the full sheetlet. A visitor to this site wrote to supply this translation of the Hebrew text at the bottom:



  Nos. 27 & 29 are self-adhesives:

27. Promotional label

Olympic rings/1972/Dabeisein - /dafur sparen/ from top to bottom.



White print on rose-red background $3.00

(Be there [at the Games] - save for it)

First image - On the one hand, this looks like the label DuBois describes - same color, same design. BUT it does NOT look like a self-adhesive, and it has that rough edge on the right side. It looks like a cutout from an envelope imprint. So what's the story? Stay tuned.

12/29/2019 - second image (delcampe) looks more like what DuBois had. Seller describes it "OLD POSTER STAMP OLYMPIC GAMES 1972 DABEISEIN- DAFÜR SPAREN - SIZE: 4 X 3 CM - NO GUM"


28. Olympic rings/ above; 1972/ below.

Vignette: a 25x21mm rectangle in which tall, old buildings, over "München," are depicted. A blue outer border is inside outer edge.


Die cut, imperf

Blue on gray





29. SCHON RECHTZEITIG SPAREN/ across top; 1972 ZUR OLYMPIADS FAHREN/ across bottom.

Vignette: 11.5mm diameter Olympic rings, coin-like in appearence in that each ring has laurel leaves and a large "1" over "DEUTSCHE/MARK/ 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970 & 1971 (latter year-dates in ring nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, respectively).

44x28mm overall

Black on silver background


(Save ahead/ in 1972, go to the Olympics)

DuBois lists this here, since it says 1972 Munich, but I found a copy of the label on a cover (shown at left) postmarked May 11, 1968, so I think it was issued in 1968 to start the advance publicity for the Munich Games. Accordingly, I have listed it on the Mexico City page as well.



Several series (Nos. 30, 31, 32 & 33) were issued by German firms to promote or sponsor the München(Munich) Olympic Games.

30a. STOCK/BRANDY 84 VERMOUTH/fordert die Olympischen Spiele/ München 1972/ in a white panel below. (Text: STOCK promotes the Olympic Games)

Vignette; depicts "Rathaus München"(Munich"s Town-Hall) and has that printed in upper left corner. A brandy glass is behind text.




Five other labels of this series are summarily listed with the München vignette indicated:

30b. Vignette depicts a victory gate
30c. Vignette depicts a church
30d. Vignette depicts a Chinese steeple
30e. Vignette depicts "Statue of Bavaria"
30f. Vignette depicts the National Theatre

$1 .00 each

(I have taken the liberty of arranging these labels in what I consider a more attractive configuration.)


31. Olympic rings & "Nordland fordert die Olympischen/ Spiele München 1972" in a white panel, across bottom. Rings & text are black except for "Nordland" which is of variable colors (blue on 31a, green on 31b, red on 31c & pale olive-green on 31d).

Vignette: "65" at upper left, facing left; a 9.5mm circle at upper right with text around edge: "ORIGINAL/VOLLKORN" on same background color as that of "Nordland" of lower text, a yellow, beaming sun in center of circle; "Das/schmeckt/so gut/und hält /in Form"/ below circle, in black; remainder of vignette depicts a box of crackers: with a smaller circle (5.5mm) at top left & a white "Nordland" at top right, with upper background in same color as that of lower "Nordland" and circle; crackers are depicted at lower, middle of box with vertical kernels of corn on right and a repeat of the text "Das schmeckt/so gut/und hält in Form"/ to left of crackers; the various kinds of crackers are printed at top of lower portion of box-label and this is indicated below along with the variant background colors, below.

31a. "Weizen-Knacke" in red, background is orange (Wheat-Crackers)

31b. "Kummel-Knacke" in red, background is red (Caraway-Crackers)

31c. "Delikatess-Crackers" in blue, background (Delicacy- or Dainty-Crackers) is green

31d. "Leinsamen-Knacke" in blue, background is blue (Flaxseed-Crackers)

$1.00 each

(Translation of texts, common to above labels: "Nordland promotes
the Olympic Games Munich 1972" "Which tastes so good and keeps one in shape")


32. WACKER fordert die Olympischen Spiele 1972/ across bottom (Wacker promotes the Olympic Games); a "logo" at lower right depicts a worker above a small panel stating "WACKER;" each of five labels seen depict different machinery or tools and have varying texts related to the item depicted.

32a. Depicts vacuum equipment ...................... $1.00
32b. Depicts Wacker-plates or -trays ............... $1.00
32c. Depicts a stamper ............................. $1.00
32d. Depicts a jack-hammer ......................... $1.00
32e. Depicts an outside "mill screw" ............... $1.00

Colors of the above labels not known at this writing but the crude photocopies available appear to have evenly-colored backgrounds and light-colored texts.

All labels depicted above (31 's & 32's) are of typical matchbox label size - about 50x35mm.


33. Matchbox Labels: Die ALLIANZ fordert die/Olympischen Spiele 1972/ in vertical panel on left; text, appearing in varying corners of vignette: hoffentlich/ALLIANZ/versichert/.

Vignette: a caricature drawing with a suitable text added.


Multicolored, text black except "ALLIANZ" which is blue

$1.00 each

33a. Durch die neue/Familien/Versicherung/ at lower right.

Vignette: a thief holding keys & with a bag on his back.

(Translation: Hopefully/ALLIANZ/insures - through the new Family Insurance)

33b. wenn Dein/schones Auto brennt/ at lower left.

Vignette: a man applying a watering can to his burning car.

(Translation: Hopefully/ALLIANZ/insures - when your fine auto burns)

Note: 35 different labels exist advertising various kinds of insurance(see 1964 - TOKYO section, No. 75 series, for illustrations of 21 of these vignettes; with different texts than those presented above.)

I found those two images of the same 18 of these, differing in the color of the added text - one red, one blue. The seller says both are "complete." As I mention on the 1964 page, I question the number 35. Oh, and those numbers floating around - like "19" on many of these - those are factory numbers.

NOTE the ID letter on each - A thru O then a,b,c in the top image. The same letters, but the sequence of the labels is scrambled, on the bottom image.


According to Wikipedia:
Junghans Uhren GmbH is a German watch and clock manufacturer. Junghans had the largest watch and clock factory with over 3000 employees in the year 1903. The company is located in the district of Rottweil, in a town called Schramberg, Baden-Württemberg, southwest Germany.

1972-34 on cover

1972-35 on cover

34. JUNGHANS/ above; offizieller/Zeitnehmer/ below; official time/keepers/ on left; chronometreur/officiel/ on right; all latter printing in a 40mm square section on left side of label, with a white "J" on a black 8-pointed star, in the middle; a 20x40mm section on right side features the emblem(logo) of the 1972 - Munich Games: Olympic rings at top and a spiral coil at bottom (latter is said to be "an allusion to the vitality of sport and of the city").
- 60x40mm
- Imperf
- background colors: left square is orange-yellow & right rectangle is pale blue, logo is white & text is black
- $3.00

35. Same as 34 but smaller, a self-adhesive(#34 may also be a self-adhesive, copy seen is ungummed).
- 30x20mm
- Imperf
- $1.50

Note: Two other sizes of Nos. 34 & 35 exist, 40x27mm & 87x57mm.

SO there are four sizes of the label shown: 30x20, 40x27, 60x40, and 87x57. I compared the two labels shown on covers at left, and the smaller is exactly half the size of the larger, so they have to be #34 and #35 (!) When I enlarge the smaller, it is identical to the larger, so apparently these four labels cannot be distinguished except by their size. The top image, for example, was offered in a delcampe auction with no dimensions, so it could be any of the four!

Note the postage meter designs below - the second replicates the sticker.


AND NOTE the second JUNGHANS label below, 1972-x46.


36. Official/Airline/München/1972/ at upper left. Logo on right side with a vertical white line to left.

30mm square

Imperf self-adhesive

Logo is white, text is black, background is pale blue


12/29/2019 - I found the post-card with yellow imprint on delcampe.


Two undated self-adhesives but "logo" is that of Munich 1972 Games(stationery- enhancement labels)

37. Logo of Munich Games, in white, black lines to each side, blue background with blue pull-off tab at right.

18x14mm, 22x24mm(overall)



38. Logo, in white, inside 2 vertical black lines, on pale blue background.




(37 & 38 are probably letter-seals and/or stationery-enhancement labels)



39. DEXTRO/ENERGEN/AUS REINER DEXTROSE/MIT PFEFFERMINZ/ Offizielle/Wettkampf-/verpflegung/ in center of vertical label; München 72 logo below latter print; INHALT/6 STUCK/MAIZENA/MARKENARTIKEL QMBH/HEILBRONN/ at bottom, reading up; Offizielle/Wettkampf-/verpflegung/ at upper end, upside down, above another München 72 logo.


Umgummed thick paper, a sugar-wrapper

Red & green, white text

(Partial translation: "DEXTRO ENERGY out of pure sugar, with peppermint; Official Contest-food; contents: 6 pieces" - "markenartikel" means "proprietary article")

(See nos. 7 & 8 of "1976 - Montreal" section for similar wrapper-labels)

I'll be surprised if I ever find an example of the actual wrapper, but the ad from that period, at left, shows the complete package, with the wrapper in place. Based on the measurements DuBois gives - 25.5mm width - each tablet is exactly one inch square, and about 1/3 inch thick - and pure sugar.

The product is still sold - samples of modern packaging shown at left.


40. RANK XEROX/ in vertical panel on left; Olympischer/ Informations- /Servioe/München/ Kiel/1972/ in vertical panel on right.

Vignette, in middle: the logo of Munich Games, in white on a pale blue background

69x43mm(overall), including a 5mm tab on right side which aids removal of this self-adhesive label from the back-up paper


Text is black




41. Die Olympiade/erleben/at top, in yellow; Kieler NACHRICHTEN/ in yellow panel, red text, at bottom.

Vignette: white Olympic rings on left, an artistic statue near bottom, text "mit/den" at lower left.


An imperf self-adhesive, background mostly blue with a white spotlight-like ray coming from upper right corner to bottom of vignette


(Translation: Experience the Olympiad with Kiel News)

Kiel was the Olympic Yachting Center for the 1972 Summer Games.

The Kieler Nachrichten (literally "Kiel News") or KN is the only German language newspaper published in Kiel, Germany.

The statue on the label is at the cruise-ship docks in Kiel - at the arrow in the aerial photo at left. I doubt there were cruise ships there in 1972, though.

According to Wikipedia:

Kiel is the capital and most populous city in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, with a population of 249,023 (2016). Kiel lies approximately 90 kilometres (56 mi) north of Hamburg. Due to its geographic location in the north of Germany, the southeast of the Jutland peninsula and the southwestern shore of the Baltic Sea, Kiel has become one of the major maritime centres of Germany. For instance, the city is known for a variety of international sailing events, including the annual Kiel Week, which is the biggest sailing event in the world. The Olympic sailing competitions of the 1936 and the 1972 Summer Olympics were held in the Bay of Kiel.


42. WEITEN/MESSUNG/DISTANCE/MEASUREMEHT/MESURE DE DISTANCES/ down panel on right; logo in left panel.

Vignette, between panels: ZEISS/WEST GERMANY/ above; a small triangle above horizontal stripes/ below.


Logo is white, vignette is black &. white, text is black

Imperf self-adhesive

A 1.2mm wide white stripe around edge, background is yellow-orange


There is an English version, shown at left, and based on the postage meter cutouts below, there is probably a French version, and a different German version. Stay tuned.


43. BANFF/ at top, in blue; red Olympic rings/1972, in blue.

Vignette: a red-bordered white flame above, a blue torch below.


A miniature window label(gummed on front)


I suspect this was part of the campaign by Banff, Alberta, Canada to host the Games in 1972. In any case, I think it belongs on the 1972 Winter Olympics page, or even on the 1968 page!

According to Wikipedia

The selection process for the 1972 Winter Olympics consisted of three bids, and saw Sapporo, Japan, be selected ahead of Banff, Canada; Lahti, Finland; and Salt Lake City, United States. The selection was made at the 64th IOC Session in Rome on 25 April 1966.


44. Longines/offizieller Zeitnehmer/bei den Olympischen Spielen/München 1972/ as white text, at upper left corner; a white logo at upper right corner.

Vignette: runners on a track, picture has photographic clarity.

A 43mm square, self-adhesive



(Longines, Official Timekeepers at the Munich Olympic Games, 1972)

I found the English and Spanish versions shown at left on eBay and delcampe, and assume there is a French version as well. Stay tuned.

4/1/19 - I just noticed that DuBois says the label is "43mm square" - but my copy of the English version (shown on cover at left) is 39x31 mm and the one on the left below is 95x130mm, so it appears there are multiple sizes. If you look at the DuBois image, his is really rectangular, he is including the border, so I think his is the same size as mine.



45. OLYMPIA-/LIZENZ: A 40/at lower right; logo on left.


Imperf self-adhesive

Red on white


(A licensee label)

What the heck is a "licensee label?"


REWE labels, complete set, joined

REWE labels, complete set with numbers in black for ease of counting. You're welcome.

GROKA labels, complete set

ADVERTISING. MATCHBOX LABELS This series of labels have the following features in common:

REWE & the "EUROGROUP" 2-ringed logo/ across top; München 72/ across bottom.

Vignette, in a 31mm square with rounded corners: a "59" and the "Munich 72" logo in various corners, the depicted event is named and numbered with 72/(number of label)

The "59" is a factory number. These labels occur with other numbers besides 59. The set at left is factory 295. The GROKA set is 19.

31.5x44mm(design), 34x49mm(overall)

Each label is of one color on white paper.

The events, accompanying texts and colors are as follows:

46. Relay race, STAFFELLAUF 72/2, green
47. High jump, HOCHSPRUNG 72/4, green
48. Discus throw, DISKUSWERFEN 72/7, green
49. Javelin throw, SPEER-WERFEN 72/8, green
50. High dive, TURN-SPRINGEN 72/11, blue
51. Water polo, WASSER-BALL 72/12, blue
52. Canadian canoeing, KANU-CANADIER, blue
53. Gymnastics-horse vault, TURNEN-PFERD 72/15, red
54. Gymnastics-rings, TURNEN-RINGE 72/16, red
55. Gymnastics-floor exercises, TURNEN-BODEN 72/19, red
56. Weight lift, GEWICHTHEBEN 72/20, red
57. Wrestling, free-style, RINGEN-FREISTIL 72/21, red
58. Cycling, time-trial, RADSPORT-ZEITFAHREN, brown
59. Horse riding, REITEN-JAGDSPRINGEN 72/25, brown
60. Hockey, HOCKEY 72/27, brown

............. $1.00ea

Notes: "REWE" is a very big food company in Germany.
The number of labels in a complete set is not known at this writing.

According to German Wikipedia: A Canadian (also Canadier) is a mostly open canoe, which is driven sitting or kneeling and moved with piercing paddles. Originally it was used by the North American Indians as a means of transportation in the densely wooded and rough areas of North America, later the Voyageure used these boats for the purpose of the fur trade, to cope large distances with a lot of luggage. Canadians and kayaks are the two main sub-groups of canoes.

There are 28 labels in the complete set, and each label occurs in only one color. The greens are track and field sports (9), the blues are swimming events (5), the reds are indoor individual sports (9), and the browns are other outdoor sports (5). Note that the labels are not numbered consecutively on the joined sheets!

REWE is still in business, and according to its web site "The cooperative REWE Group is one of Europe's largest Retail and Tourism Groups."

AND here's an interesting twist - all of these labels were issued as well with the logo GROKA - image at left. GROKA was another large grocery chain of that time. It merged with REWE in 1998 and no longer exists as an independent brand.


61. München/ in upper left corner; 1972/ in upper right corner; Hanse - Merkur/Olympia - Krankenversicherer/ below.

Vignette: A tall person with arms outstretched over three shorter persons/ on left, logo of the Munich Games/ in right center.



Vignette on left & "Hanse - Merkur" are black, rest of text & logo are white, background is red, black & white lines at both top & bottom $0.50

(Lower text: Hanse - Merkur/Olympic Health-Insurer)

BELOW, a meter stamp with a variation of the design



62. Melitta ist in München '72/dabei - mit der automatischen/ Heissgetränkeausgabe/für Kaffee, Tee und Milch./ in between upper £ lower vignettes.

Vignette, at top: white Olympic rings in front of stripes that are in Olympic ring colors.
Vignette, at bottom: a white-script "Melitta" in a red panel in front of colored stripes(same as other vignette but pointing up toward the upper stripes which are pointing down).

24x40mm(design), 45x66mm(overall)

Irregular-shaped vignette portion is surrounded by wide, white borders of strip-off paper


(Central text: Melitta is there in Munich '72/ - with automatic/hot-drinks service/for Coffee, Tea and Milk)


63. AMBROS SEELOS/ across top; München und Kiel 1972/ across bottom; Offizielle & Olympic rings/OLYMPIA - BAND/ across center.


All printing is black, background is red-orange


(Text: Ambros Seelos, Official Olympic Tape, Munich and Kiel 1972)

I can understand DuBois' translating "Band" as "Tape" - maybe he was thinking of the tape at the finish line of foot races? But it means "Band" in the sense of a Big Band musical group.

Ambros Seelos (30 January 1935 - 3 August 2015) was a German saxophonist, clarinet player, bandleader, composer, singer, arranger, conductor, whose career lasted from the 1950s to the 2000s. ... his orchestra performed Big Band sound music.

So I guess they performed at Olympic events? I can find no record of that on the www.


A Souvenir Sheet

64. XX. Olympische Spiele der neuzeit/München 1972/ above; Spendenblock zu Gunsten der/Deutschen Sporthilfe/ -- DM 1 .- --/ below; double-lined Olympic rings/1896/ on left(interlaced as on official Olympic flag); solid lined Olympic rings/1972/ on right.

Vignette, in center: "LODERNDE/FLAMME/VON HAND/ZU HAND/OLYMPISCHE/SPIELE 1972" in three text-portions; a black flaming torch in foreground; Greek ruins, a tree & three running athletes, all in red; enclosed in a black-bordered 48.5x63mm rectangle.


Rings and texts are black except the year-dates, 1896 & 1972, under the rings, are red;

Design on heavy paper(light card stock)


(Texts: 20th Olympic Games of Modern Times, Munich 1972. A flaming torch from hand to hand. A donation sheet for the benefit of German sports; price DM 1.)


Two souvenir sheets are now considered which depict designs for postage stamps for possible use in conjunction with the 1956 and 1972 Olympics. The German Post-Minister did not accept these proofs and used other designs for the final definitive stamps (twelve different semi-postal stamps of W. Germany, issued in 1972)

XX. Olympische Spiele München 1972/ above; Nicht zur Ausfuhrung gelangte Entwurfe der Deutschen Bundespost 1972/ across bottom.

Vignette, across center, depicts three unused-stamp designs(65a,65b, & 65c):

65a. Deutsche Bundespost/ across top; Olympisches Jahr 1956/ across bottom; Olympic rings, at upper right; "10" at lower right.
- vignette: depicts a sprinter
- 32x39mm
- imperf (simulated perf 7)
- orange-yellow

65b. OLYMPISCHES JAHR/1956/ above; 10 DEUTSCHE/ across bottom; BUNDESPOST/ up right side.
- Vignette: depicts Olympic rings above a howl (for Olympic fire-?)
- 32x39mm
- imperf (simulated perf 7)
- red

65c. OLYMPISCHES/JAHR 1956/ across top; DEUTSCHE BUNDESPOST/ in panel across bottom; "10" at lower right side of vignette portion.
- Vignette: a charioteer driving a chariot
- 31x38mm
- imperf (simulated perf 7)
- green

Sheet measures 11.7x9.2cm(overall)


(Translation of bottom text: Sketches not used by the German Federal Post Office 1972). These designs were not used in 1956 either; the West German Post Office issued one stamp to publicize the Olympic year of 1956(Scott no. 742).


66. Sonderdruck/zur Rollenden Briefmarken - Ausstellung/ across top of four vignettes, with a big bus depicted on the right side of latter text, all colored carmine; Briefmarken/München/ at lower left; werben fur/1972/ at lower right; Olympic rings in their usual multicolors between two latter texts (rings are interlaced as on the official Olympic flag).


66a. Deutsche/Bundespost/ slanted across top; 10+5 at lower left; München/1972/ slanted, at lower right. - Vignette: photographed picture of a discus thrower with black Olympic rings in front of him.
- 23.5x42mm
- imperf
- yellow text, brown background.

66b. Same as 66a but value "20+10" and a gymnastic athlete are depicted, background is green.

66c. Same as 66a but value "50+25" and a sprinting athlete are depicted, background is blue.

66d. Same as 66a but value "30+15" and another athlete are depicted, background is red.

66. Sheet measures 14.9x10.5 cm (overall) $3.00

(Translation of upper text:Special Printing/Rolling Stamp Exhibition). In 1972 there was a big bus that was a "rolling stamp exhibition" through W. Germany.

In small type near bottom of label: Nicht angenommene Entwürfe Für Olympia-Briefmarken von Rüdiger Hablizel" which translates "Unapproved designs for Rüdiger Hablizel Olympic stamps"


1972-67 DuBois lists this here, though he concedes it belongs with the 1968 labels. I have added it to the 1968 page.

DuBois text:

1972 - MUNICH

67. An Erinnophilie (Cinderella Philately) International Souvenir Sheet:

ERINNOPHILIE INTERNATIONAL/ across top of sheet, in red; JUBILAUMSAUSSTELLUNS HAMBURG-HARBURG/2. - 3. NOVEMBER 1968/ across bottom of sheet, in red.

The four labels on this sheet are now described. All are colored blue.

67a. 20 JAHRE EUROPAISCHE BEWEGUNG 1948-1968 / across top; INTERNATIONALES JAHR DER MENSCHENRECHTE/ across bottom. Vignette: the U.N. flag. 40x30mm, imperf (three following labels are the same) (20 Year European Movement, 1948 - 1968; International Year of the Rights of Man)

67b. - XX. OLYMPIADE 1968-1972 München -/ across top; SPORT - EIN WEG ZUR VOLKERVERSTANDIGUNG/ across bottom. Vignette: hockey player on left; soccer player on right; athlete's legs at lower center, beneath Olympic rings to which are assigned the continents EUROPA, AFRIKA, AMERIKA, ASIEN & AUSTRALIEN. (20th Olympiad 1968-1972 Munich; Sport - One Way to People's Understanding)

67c. FUR DIE EUROPAISCHE EINHE1T/ up left side; EUROPAISCHER JUGENDAUSTAUSCH/ down right side. Vignette: two flags at upper left corner; a boy scout, on the right side; a relief map of Europe in background. (For European Unity; European Youth-Exchange)

67d. 1968 - ACHTZIG JAHRE PRIVAT - / up left side; MARKEN - SAMMLER - VEREINIGUNG/ down right side. Vignette: Seit 1904/ above; double-barred T.B. cross in middle; a 1967 German T.B. seal/ at lower left; Kampf/der/Tuberkulose/ at lower right (since 1904, the T.B. cross has been fighting tuberculosis). (1968 - Eighty Years, a Private Stamp Collector's Association)

... $3.00/sheet

This souvenir sheet was issued in 1968 but is listed here because the second label commemorates the XXth Olympiad (The Olympic Summer Games of 1972, at Munich, Germany)

Label two errs in assigning the years 1968-1972 to the XXth Olympiad. The Olympic Games always occur during the first year of a four~year 01ympiad period; in this case, in 1972.

Interestingly, label two correctly indicates the continent that each Olympic ring represents (See page 8 of catalog for "color-continent" designations - such assignment of ring colors to continents is not official and is no longer commonly done.)


The two following labels are self-adhesives of stiff, plastic composition:

68. München/ across center, in black; 1972/ below, in black.
- Vignette: a red, yellow & white flame in a blue, black & white dish/ above text portion; Olympic rings, in their usual multicolors(interlaced as on original flag)/ between München & 1972. Yellow border around vignette & text; a wide, gold-colored, outer border; corners are rounded.
- 85x110mm(including gold border)
- 89x115mm(including clear outer edging which remains with label when backing paper is stripped off)
- Rare

69. An Oval-Shaped Label: München/ above, with letter "U" as a twin-spired castle.
- Vignettes: two diamond-shaped, blue & white checker-boards on left & right sides; a white banner in center with Olym. rings at top, in usual multicolors(interlaced as on official flag), a black "OLYMPIA" above a coat-of-arms which depicts a monk, in black, "19" on left & "72" on right of coat-of-arms, in black. Checker-boards & banner are black-bordered. Borders around label consist of silver, black, red & yellow stripes(which exist in reverse order at upper & lower halves of border); colored stripes have black lines between them; the silver edging goes around the outside of the entire label.
- The background of the vignette portion of this label is silver.
- 135x92mm(including silver border)
- Rare

Note: Both of the above labels have application instructions on the back, headed by the words "Haft-Etikett" which means "Haft- Label" and indicates the manufacturer's name. It is interesting to note that the Olympic rings on the two above labels are interlaced two different ways (original & official ring patterns).

What are the tabs sticking out on the right sides of both stickers?

NOTE these two labels issued for the 1968-Mexico City Games, which are rather similar to 1972-69:


70. Deutschland ruft die Jugend der Welt zu den/ in a black panel across top; XX. Olympischen Spielen 1972 in München/ in a black panel across bottom; a number "103" in upper right corner.
- Vignette: Olympic rings with the following depictions:
a. Horseman jumping over a hurdle.
b. Olympic flame with stadium & flags in background.
c. A sprinting runner.
d. A discus thrower.
e. A diving swimmer.
(Olympic rings are interlaced as on official flag).
- 49x35mm
- imperf
- rings & pictures are red, background and texts are yellow - $1.00

(Translation: Germany calls the Youth of the World to the 20th Olympic Games of 1972 in Munich). It is interesting to note that the same "motto" appears on the Olympic Bell of the 1936 Games in Berlin.

The paper/background on my (admittedly poor) upper image looks white, not yellow, so perhaps there are different varieties. The bottom one could be called yellow, or orange.

That number "103" and the size of this label lead me to think it is a matchbox label, and "103" is the factory number. Look at the other matchbox labels on this page.


Nos. 71 & 72 which follow are fund raising labels of the German Canoe Association:

71. XX. Olympische Spiele/München 1972/ above; Deutscher Kanu-Verband/ below; logo of Munich Games/ on left side; 0,50/ at lower left corner.

- Vignette: a canoeist
- 35x24mm
- perf 10.5
- design is black on a pink background
- $.50

72. XX. Olympische Spiele/Augsburg 1972/ above; Deutscher Kanu-Verband; below; Olympic rings above a coat-of-arms/ on left side; 0,50/ at lower left corner.
- Vignette: a canoeist with "26" on his chest
- 35.5x25mm
- perf 10.5
- design is black on a pink bgrnd
- $.50

Sheet format of Nos. 71 & 72 : Sheet of 20(5x4), ten copies of No. 71, above, and ten copies of No. 72, below; central copies thus provide five se-tenant pairs/sheet. Sheets are PM4S with perforations passing through selvage. Overall sheet measures 23.1x14.3cm.


  02/15/2022 - as DuBois speculated, these were printed in sheetlets of 20.

Nos. 73, 74, 75 & 76 which follow are fund raising labels of the German Canoe Association:

73. XX Olympische Spiele/München 1972/ above; Deutscher Kanu- Verband/ below; logo of Munich Games/ on left side; 1 ,00/ at lower left corner.
- Vignette: two canoeists.
- 35x24mm
- perf 10.5
- design is black on blue background
- $.50

74. XX Olympische Spiele/Augsburg 1972/ above; Deutscher Kanu-Verband/ below; Olympic rings above a coat-of-arms/ on left side; 1,00/ at lower left corner.
- Vignette: a kayaker (using double- bladed paddle).
- 36x24.5mm
- perf 10.5
- design is black on blue background
- $.50

75. Same texts and logo as on No. 73; 3,00/ at lower left.
- Vignette: two kayakers(using double-bladed paddles)
- 36x23.5 mm
- perf 10.5- $.50
- design is black on orange background
- $.50

76. Same texts, rings and logo as on No. 74; 3,00/ at lower left.
- Vignette: two canoeists.
- 36x24mm- $.50
- perf 10.5- $.50
- design is black on orange background
- $.50

Sheet format: Sheets not seen but it is very likely that Nos.73 & 74
and Nosa.75 & 76 exist as sheets of 20, as described and illustrated for Nos.71 & 72.


77. Olympiade der Segler 1972/ in red panel across top; KIEL/ in red panel across bottom.
- Vignette: Olympic rings in their usual multicolors (interlaced as on official Olympic flag).
- 50x35mm
- imperf
- vertical panels on left & right of flags are yellow, texts are white
- $1.00

(Text: The Sailing-vessels of the 1972 Olympiade are at Kiel)


78. KIEL die Stadt der Segel-Olympiade/1972/ across bottom; multicolored Olympic rings/ at upper right corner.
- Vignette: several sailboats on water.
- 99x63mm
- imperf
- multicolored vignette, "KIEL" is red with white outline, rest of text is yellow
- $3.00

(Text: Kiel, the city of the sailboat-Olympiad, in 1972).


79. München/ruft die Jugend/der Welt zur/XX. OLYMPIADE/ 1972/ in middle of label, text white except "München" which is purple, in a white panel.
- Vignette: a heraldic lion/ above; Olympic rings/ below, interlaced as on official Olympic flag.
- 31x47mm(colored portion), 35x51mm(overall, including white border)
- imperf
- design is white on a purple background
- $2.00

(Text: Munich calls the youth of the world to the 20th Olympiade of 1972).
The latter "motto" is similar to that which occurs on the Olympic bell of the 1936 - Berlin Games.

DuBois does not mention the tiny "103" at top right, though he described it for label 70 - it is the factory number, this is a matchbox label.


80. Boots-/Ausstellung/im/01ympia-/Jahr/ at upper left corner; 3.Internationale Bootsausstellung/Dusseldorf/ 22-30. Januar 1972/ across bottom. Logo of Munich Games at upper right.
- Vignette: "boot'72" above a few curved lines.
- 38x54mm(overall)
- imperf
- design is white on a blue background
- $0.75

(Text: A boat-show during an Olympic year. 3rd. International Boat-Show, at Dusseldorf, on January 22-30, 1972)


81. XX. Olympische Spiele/ across top; 1936 - 1972/ Spiele der/Volkerverstandigung/ below.
- Vignette: a dove-of-peace/ above; a white hand clasping a black hand/ in the middle; Olympic rings with "19" on left & "72" on right/ below hands.
- 50.5x81mm(overall)
- design & texts are black on white
- $2.00

(Text: 20th Olympic Games. 1936 - 1972, the Games of International Understanding)


82. XX. Olympiade/München 1972/auf SPIETH-/Schiessanlagen/ below.
- Vignette: logo of Munich Games.
- 33x51 mm
- imperf
- design is white, background is green
- $O.50

(Text: 20th Olympiade, Munich 1972, at "SPIETH" shooting site)


83. München 1972/ at upper right; heller/Offizieller Ausrüster/fur die Spiele der/XX.Olympiade/ at lower right.
- Vignette: logo of München - 1972 Games/ on left side.
- 49x40mm
- imperf, self-adhesive
- texts are white except "heller" which is dark blue, background is lt, blue
- $0.75

(Text: "heller" is the official outfitter for the Games of the 20th Olympiad)


Nos. 84 & 85 are Esperanto Labels:

84. Olympic rings/ OLIMPIAJ LUDOJ/ above; Munich logo below vignette.
- Vignette portion: classic statue of discus thrower with vertical "München" down left and 1972 at lower right.
- 21x65mm (design)
- 46x76mm (overall)
- decoratively-pointed edges (rather than perforations)
- color is completely black on a silver background
- ......

85. Same design as No. 84 but imperf (may have been cut down from a larger overall size).
- 21x65mm (design)
- imperf
- color is completely black on an apple - green background
- ......

(Translation: Olympic Games, München, 1972) Note: See No. 21 for another Esperanto label.


From the 1972-SAPPORO section of the DuBois Catalog

12. Poland, a Balloon Flight Mini-sheet

This gold-background sheet has four 3zl valued labels. The Sapporo logo is at label #2 & the Munich logo is at label #5. Label #4 commemorates Wojciech Fortuna, winner of the 90-Meter Ski-Jump at the Sapporo Winter Games. (See sheet No.96, page 357)

- 150x111 mm
- imperf
- red, white & gold

I am repeating this here from the DuBois 1972-SAPPORO section because it references both the Summer and Winter Games, AND because the balloon flight it commemorates took place during the Summer Games.

SECTION II - Other labels except matchbox labels (not in DuBois)

These are labels not listed in the DuBois catalog

CATALOG NUMBER Source Image(s) & text, supplemental material Images of actual label(s) Description and comments



Die-cut (small)

Extra-Large hotel labels



Fairy Tales

Maerkat #14673

1974 label - Maerkat #15066

Andersen & Bruun / Andersen & Blaesbjerg

Mærkater Bording

F.E.Bording / BPI




Danish Maerkat label - Olympic archery

sporten for hele familien - hele året!

the sport for the whole family - all year!

This label was issued in 1971 (see below), so it does belong in this section, but I am including it here also as an excuse to share some information about the Danish Maerkat labels, two others of which I have shown on these pages ( 1940-F-23 and 1944-x1).

First, the Danish word Mærkat means "tag" or "sticker," so "mærkat label" is redundant. Sorry.

These labels were produced in Denmark from 1931 to 1978, and especially from the 1930's through the 1950's they were a popular collecting area in Denmark. There were clubs, magazines, markets - I don't think it an exaggeration to call it a craze.

Most of the Maerkat labels have the same rectangular shape and size - about 35x55mm, either vertical or horizontal - about the same as a matchbox label; but some were larger, and some were diecut in various shapes. Most were unperforated, but a few did have perforations. They were issued mostly as single designs advertising a product or business, but there were sets on themes like scouting and topics such as bicycles as well.

One thing that contributed to their popularity was their labelling system. Each maerkat has a unique number in tiny print at the bottom, plus the word MÆRKAT and the name of the manufacturer. The numbers were issued sequentially/chronologically, starting with number 1 in August 1931, through about 2100 in December 1938 (produced by Andersen & Bruun, who trademarked the term), then starting over from number 1 in January 1939 through 5157 in December 1948 (F. E. Bording) and continuing from 5159 in January 1949 through 15428 in 1978 (Beckers PapirIndustri - BPI). The numbers and producer names made it easy to know which labels one had, and which one needed.

Given this numbering system, one can date labels to within a year or two fairly easily, since many of them commemorated events. For example, I dated this archery label from the elephant label - it has a date of 1974, and a number 15066. We know that label 15428 was issued in 1978, 15066 is about 400 less than 15428, and 14673 is about 400 less than 15066, so 14673 must have been issued about 1970. (That black and white VW label in the last image is numbered 14708, and dated 1971, so that pins it down even better - probably 1971.)

There are catalogs as well, in Danish, so if you read Danish (or don't mind using online translator pages like Google's) HERE is an excellent web site about the F. E. Bording Maerkat labels, complete with a catalog of their labels 1 through 5008.

P.S. - you will see labels with names of producers other than the three listed above (for example Andersen & Blaesbjerg or Merkatbyrået), or no name at all. Some of these were authorized, some are pirates. This just adds to the enjoyment of collecting, of course.

FINALLY, in the second and third columns are images of small collections of various types of these fascinating labels. As usual, click on any of these images to open an enlargement in a separate window/tab.

XX OLYMPIAD LABELS - 1972 (not in DuBois)

1972-x02 a & b Progressive color proofs





1972-x02a and overprint

1972-x02b and overprint

1972-x02a & x02b

Belgium, Two Fund-raising Souvenir Sheets

LIGUE ROYALE BELGE D'ATHLETISME beneath Olympic rings at top;
a crown & 50Fr (in a circle) at bottom right;
Olympic rings in center against multicolored stripes of rolling circles;
simulated stamp at top right with Steeplechase runner clearing hurdle
against violet background.

Size: about 3" x 5" (based on the image at the bottom of column 1, and assuming that stock page is about 8.5 x 11)

Translation of French text: "Olympic Games Munich 1972 - Royal Belgian Athletic League."

x02b: KONINKLIJKE BELGISCHE ATLETIEKBOND at top beneath Olympic rings.
a crown & 50Fr (in a circle) at bottom right;
Olympic rings in center against multicolored stripes of rolling circles;
simulated stamp at top right with shotputter about to release shot
against yellow background.

Like x02a but Flemish text.

This same organization issued souvenir sheets for the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Games, q.v.

1972-x03 Australian Perol Company donation sticker:

1972 MUNICH Olympic Games
This sticker represents a donation of 20c to the Australian Olympic Team.

SIZE: 140mm x 65mm = 5.5" x 2.6"

According to Wikipedia: Ampol was a petrol company in Australia. It was first incorporated in 1936 in New South Wales to market petrol in its chain of service stations. In 1995, Ampol merged with Caltex to make Australian Petroleum Pty Ltd, which in 1997 became Caltex Australia Ltd, registered and based in Singapore.

There is nothing on the label to connect it to the 1972 Games, so we have to take the eBay lister's word.

1972-x04 a & b   From eBay - two multicolored decals promoting Kiel as the Olympic City in 1972.

KIEL - OLYMPIASTADT - 1936 - 1972

The sizes were not given, and the seller did not respond to a question, but I think they are about 3 or 4 inches across. The elements of both labels include the coat of arms of the city, shown below. Its official description: "In red, the silver holstein nettle leaf, covered with a brick black boat."


1972-x05 Complete (?) set/series  
As a label and as a beermat!
German malt-beer drink label

UNIMALZ / OLYMPISCHE SPIELE MÜNCHEN '72 / Modernes Malz-Erfrischungsgetränk / für jung und alt, / unter Zuckerverwendung hergestellt. / DORTMUNDER UNION-BRAUEREI AG / Brauerei-Füllung

UNIMALZ / OLYMPIC GAMES MUNICH '72 / Modern malt refreshment / for young and old, / manufactured using sugar. /DORTMUNDER UNION BREWERY AG / Brewery filling

Malt beer is a sweet, low-alcohol (0-2.5% ABV) beer that is brewed like regular beer but with low or minimal fermentation. To keep the alcohol content low, one of two methods may be used: either the yeast is added at about 0 °C or fermentation is halted at the desired alcohol content. Wikipedia

1972-x06 series of shield-shaped decals and self-adhesives      



12/29/2019 - for my own sanity I have decided to group some of these Munich labels by shape. So all the shield-shaped ones will be parked here, as 1972- x06 plus a letter. That means I am renumbering some and will reuse those numbers later for other entries. The renumbered labels are 1972-x10, 1972-x52, 1972-x55. I am adding two new ones here today, e and f.

Souvenir decals and self-adhesive labels:

1972-x06a - "OLYMPIASTADT MÜNCHEN" with images of the Olympic Tower, city symbols, and important buildings of Munich - Approx dimensions are 3 1/2 by 4 inches.

1972-x06b - Decal or sticker - München 1972; Multicolored Shield-shaped sticker/decal with floating hand holding Olympic torch at bottom, Olympic rings above, "München" at top, border of diamonds. 3" x 2 1/2"

1972-x06c - 06/18/2019 - 1972-x52 - "Car sticker" - OLYMPIASTADT MÜNCHEN - Olympic City Munich - Shield-shaped label with torch and rings against dark blue background, and text arched above. - eBay auction: Olympic Stadium Munich 1972 car sticker, used. 10 x 9 Cm. = about 4 inches both ways.

1972-x06d - 08/31/2019 - Peel and stick label - 1972-x55 - 1972 Olympic Games, Original Sticker, Olympic City. 100mm x 85mm

1972-x06e - 1972 Olympic Games Munich, original sticker / Decal. Excellent / very good condition sticker unused on original backing. 62 mm x 52 mm

1972-x06f - 1972 Olympic Games Munich, Kiel original Sticker / Decal. Excellent condition sticker, unused on original backing. 125 mm x 92mm.


Sheet of nine decals, sights of Munich and City Coat of Arms

I wish I knew more about this one - I downloaded it from somewhere on the www, probably eBay, in June of 2016, but at that time I had no plans to do a page for the 1972 Games, so ...

The word München is derived from the German word for "monk." The location was originaly a monastery.

The coat of arms of Munich (Münchner Wappen) depicts a young monk dressed in black holding a red book. It has existed in a similar form since the 13th century.

1972-x08 Color separation of label to enhance the details I. ORSZÁGOS PARAFILATÉLIAI KIÁLLITÁS - BUDAPEST

First National Paraphilately Exhibition - Budapest

Hungarian sticker for the First Paraphilately Exhibition in Budapest, November 24 thru December 3, 1972. The symbols at the bottom are the Olympic rings, the red cross, the Esperanto star, and a plane - presumably some of the topics for which Cinderellas have been produced.

"Paraphilately" is a mostly European term for collecting Cinderella stamps. The prefix "para-" is used here to mean "resembling" or "pseudo."


[Peel & stick] Olympic stickers 1912-1924-1928-1932-1948-1952-1956-1968-1972 printed in Holland

Size: 9.3x6.8cm

There is nothing on these to date them, but the eBay seller said they date from 1972. That is the latest of the posters shown, so maybe...

They look as though they were cut down from a large sheet - did it include more posters?

1972-x10 Silver foil Self-adhesive sticker - ebay seller said Looks nice, shows age, measures about 6 3/8" x 2 1/2"

(note that this number was formerly used for the label now numbered x06b)

Scott Russia 3984-3988
CCCP/USSR Philatelic Exposition sheet, 1972 Olympics

Tan paper, brown ink.
At left, reproduction of Russian stamp showing boxer, Olympic rings, "1972;"
At right, a cauldron with Olympic flame behind, Olympic rings in front.
At bottom, a serial number (6 digits), and "15 Kop.

These Russian souvenir sheetlets are common and popular. "Most of them are issues of the branches of the All-Union philatelic society (VOF) devoted to regional philatelic exhibition. These items were never valid for postage and have been issued especially for collectors as souvenirs only."


Sticker with reproduction of Munich Olympics official poster; at bottom in small lc type "bondsspaarbank"

"Vignette( Sticker), Germany, Olympic Games 1972, poster stamp,cinderella,label"

The listing on delcampe did not give a size for this, but I think it is 2 to 3 inches across. The line near the bottom looks like a split to lift a peel-and-stick label off the backing.

Bondsspaarbank - Netherlands - merged/acquired - no longer in business

2/18/19 - I found the other individual stickers, and then the large cards (?) on delcampe, making it clear this was issued for the 1972 Games.

The seller supplied the sizes - 21 x 15cm per card, so each sticker is about 44.6x62.4mm or 1.75" x 2.4"

Below, another set, this time the "cards" turn out to be a folder, shown front, inside, back. And while the cover of the folder says "bondsspaarbank," the individual stickers do not.


Front size of the folder is 10.5 cm. x 14.5 cm.
Open folder size is 21cm. x 14.5 cm.
Stamp size is 4.5 cm. x 6 cm.
Stamps are self adhesive stickers.

1972-x12b Sticker with reproduction of Melbourne Olympics official poster; at bottom in black company logos for KRAFT and franco-Suisse

The listing on delcampe gave the size for this as 45x65mm, so it is the same size as the stickers above, with "bondsspaarbank" at the bottom, and I think it is part of an identical set.

I will be looking for more of the series. Stay tuned.






Sticker with reproduction of Munich Olympics official poster; On reverse side, General Chocolate text

"Vignette( Sticker), Germany, Olympic Games 1972, poster stamp,cinderella,label"

The listings on delcampe gave the size for these as 45x65mm each, so they are the same size as the stickers with "bondsspaarbank" text (above), and I think they are part of an identical set.

The reverse sides are all identical.

I will be looking for more of the series. Stay tuned.

1972-x13 Hako pflegt Olympia-anlagen als Ausrüster der Spiele der XX. Olympiade München 1972

Hako maintains Olympic facilities as a supplier to the 20th Olympid in Munich 1972

Hako Group - Cleaning Technology · Municipal Technology
The Hako Group is one of the leading international manufacturers of cleaning and municipal technology. We supply innovative cleaning machines as well as multifunctional implement carriers and transporters to customers from a broad spectrum of target groups worldwide. Best possible economic-efficiency and sustainability characterize our products. Our product range also includes a comprehensive package of product-related services. Founded in 1948.

Found on delcampe - described as
"Vignette( Sticker), Germany, Olympic Games 1972, poster stamp,cinderella,label"
6.5 x 4 cm


Wichtige drucksache imprime Höchstleistungen

Important printed matter imprime excellence

An die Walter-Thiele-Produktion Abt. Briefmarken-Werbung 8184 Gmund / Tegernsee Ringstrasse 6

To the Walter Thiele production Abt. stamp advertising 8184 Gmund / Tegernsee Ringroad 6

Apparently return address labels. They look like the selvage from a sheet of postage stamps, though. Did Germany allow private advertising on official stamps?

1972-x15 CAR STICKER (?)

SIZE: 8.4 x 9.3 cm / 3.3 x 3.6 inch

Square Foil/metal on vinyl label, vertical colored stripes, "München 1972" and Olympic rings at top.
"überreicht durch" [presented by] up left side.


Auction text: "Organisationskomitee für die Spiele der XX. Olympiade München 1972"
(Organizing Committee for the 20th Olympic Games Munich 1972)

Designed by: Otl Aicher

Second donation stamp on card, accepted as postage

Full sheet of 1972-x16

Donation stamp for Junge Welt newspaper, DDR, 1971

Vertical vignette with green background, triple-arched symbol (?) in gold at center, "DDR" and Olympic rings below, "SPENDENMARKE" in blue at top left, "1.-" at top right, "Junge Welt" in white script over blue stripe at bottom.

According to the Michel catalog:

Die Marke wurde 1971 zur Freimachung der Einsendungen zu einem Preisausschreiben der Zeitung "Junge Welt" herausgegeben. Eine Teilauflage war bereits verkauft, als diese Marke zugunsten der Spendenmarken von 1972 zurückgezogen wurde.

The stamp was issued in 1971 for franking the submissions to a competition of the newspaper "Junge Welt". A partial edition had already been sold when this mark was withdrawn in favor of the donation stamps of 1972.

The stamp on the card in the second column is the one issued as a replacement. Michel text for that one:

Donation stamp for the simultaneous franking of entries for the competition of the newspaper "Junge Welt" and the youth studio DT 64 for the 10th World Festival of Youth and Students 1973 in Berlin. Donation stamps # 1 & 2 were affixed to coupons for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rounds of the competition and sent to the editors. They were not to be canceled. Letters prices are valid for coupons without validation. Coupons with stamped donation stamps surcharge 200%. After the conclusion of the competition, the coupons, provided with an additional cancellation by the editor, were handed over to collector for a selling price of 1, - M.

Junge Welt was the mouthpiece of the Communist Youth organization of the DDR.

As I have noted elsewhere, the East Germans were obsessed with fund-raising and souvenir stamps like this - Visit ddr- to view an extensive catalog of over 13,000 (!) those issues.

I have questions:

How did Junge Welt obtain permission to have its fund-raising stamp accepted as postage!

Why was the first one withdrawn?

Are there examples of the green one on cards too?

Stay tuned.

1972-x17 Jumbo postcard-sized card with peel-off flags of the participating nations at Munich Olympics, 1972

Size: 18.5 x 13 cm =7.3" x 5.1"
Size of each sticker = 1cm square!

Auction title & text:
126 little participants Country flags Stickers
Official Licensed product
On the card / map are 126 stickers of national flags of the participants Nations at the 1972 Olympics in Munich!!

I emailed the seller three times (!) for details such as what is on the back - no reply. Finally I bought the darned thing, it was cheap. Stay tuned for details.

Hoesch AG, a former German manufacturer with steel and benzol-oil plants.

3/1/19 - it arrived today! The back side is just the backing paper, a very slick paper made to release the stickers when peeled. What I had not noticed from the scan, but you can see it, is that the stickers have all shifted up just a tad on the left, and the top border sits slightly on top of the top row. And a narrow strip of border is missing on the right side.

I would like to know more about this item - anyone?

1972-x18 Sheet of 16 stamps with symbols of modern Olympic Games and German text

Just an image I found on Worthpoint:


Sold on eBay, 2/11/2013, no other data.

(Why "Greece?")

1972-x19 Oval Peel-and-stick label:
(Olympic rings)
(flame symbol with "1 PFENNIG" in center)

eBay Auction text:

Vintage 1972 Munich Munchen Olympics Parking Sticker
German language
We think this is a parking sticker
Measures about 5-1/4" long

The Flammenpfennig campaign/program was a somewhat controversial private fund- raising initiative for the Munich Games.


Tenovis (zuvor Deutsche Privat Telephon Gesellschaft, Telefonbau und Normalzeit, T&N, Telenorma und Bosch Telecom) war ein deutscher Telekommunikations-Konzern mit mehr als 5.400 Beschäftigten. Er unterhielt Niederlassungen in Österreich, Belgien, Frankreich, Italien, Spanien, der Schweiz und den Niederlanden. Tenovis hatte seine Hauptverwaltung in Frankfurt am Main, das Produktportfolio bestand aus Kommunikationslösungen, darunter Telefonie, Callcenter, Business Recovery Center (Ausweichrechenzentren), Customer-Relationship-Management, Voice Messaging, Vernetzung und Dienstleistungen für Unternehmen und staatliche Behörden. Standbein des Unternehmens waren selbst entwickelte Telefonanlagen mit bis zu 32.000 Nebenstellen, sowie deren Installation, Betreuung und Vermietung. Im November 2004 wurde Tenovis durch Avaya Inc., ein amerikanisches Telekommunikationsunternehmen, übernommen.


1972 MÜNCHEN - TN - unser Beitrag Fernsprech-Zeitdienst und Meldesysteme

Embossed Poster Stamp

1972 MUNICH - TN - Our Contribution: Telephone Time Service and Message Systems

3 cm sq = 1.2" sq

"TN" was "TENOVIS"

Tenovis (formerly Deutsche Privat Telefon Gesellschaft, Telefonbau und Normalzeit, T & N, Telenorma and Bosch Telecom) was a German telecommunications group with more than 5,400 employees. He had branches in Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Tenovis was headquartered in Frankfurt am Main with a portfolio of communications solutions including telephony, call centers, business recovery centers, customer relationship management, voice messaging, networking and business services, and government agencies. The mainstay of the company were self-developed telephone systems with up to 32,000 extensions, as well as their installation, support and rental. In November 2004, Tenovis was acquired by Avaya Inc., an American telecommunications company.

1972-x21   Peel-and-stick label

SILBER-HERTEL lieferant umfangreicher Küchenanlagen zur Verpflegung von Sportiern aus aller Welt in Muenchen

Silber-Hertel supplier of extensive kitchens for the catering of sportsmen from all over the world in Munich

No size given

1972-x22 Decal - Olympic rings and "1972 MÜNCHEN"
1972-x23 a thru l  





Self adhesive stickers with silhouette images in black of various sports.

12/29/19 - I found two of these on eBay in February 2019, then others that I did not recognize as from the same set, and listed individually below. Then I found 12 of them on eBay (seller titatovenaar74) in December, 2019, and noticed they all go together, so here they are. Each is about 2.5" square. There could be more.

The numbers I used before will be recycled for new entries. Those are 1972-x40 and 1972-x45.

1972-x24 a,b,c

eBay auctions:




Organisationskomitee für die Spiele der XX. Olympiade München 1972
Organizing Committee for the games of XX. Munich Olympics 1972

size: 16.5 cm x 7.5 cm = 6.5" x 3"

"This sticker was used as a official souvenir from the Games 1972."


Otl Aicher - Die Regenbogenspiele München 1972

Otl Aicher - The Rainbow Munich 1972

size is: 21 cm x 10.5 cm = 8.3" x 4.1

Organisationskomitee für die Spiele der XX. Olympiade München 1972
Organizing Committee for the games of XX. Munich Olympics 1972


I wrote the seller and asked : How was this sticker used, and by whom? Thanks. He replied - Hi, the sticker was used as a official souvenir from the Games 1972. I can´t read the signature from the starter, commimg from Bulgaria. Stefan - design_1972 (349Turquoise Star) -

1972-x26 Підпільна Пошта України.


Underground Post of Ukraine.


Translation of Ukrainian text from catalog page in 2nd column:
1973 Four series of stamps on the occasion of the XX Olympic Games in Munich. Each design in the series is made in two color variants. The series have different color designs. Stamps by L. Rikhtitsky. Denomination: 10, 15, 20, 25, 50 shah. Circulation: I series A 2160, B 540: II, III and IV series A 150, B 30.

1972-x27 Stamp-like label, TUNGSRAM

Image of incandescent lightbulb in left foreground in white,
Munich Olympic Village in background in light brown.
Printed on bulb:
Olympic rings
Spiral symbol of Munich Olympics
"100,000 TUNGSRAM lamps light the Olimpic Village"

Tungsram is a Hungarian company.

delcampe auction text: TUNGSRAM lamp lamps light electronics HUNGARY LABEL CINDERELLA VIGNETTE radio tower 1972 München OLYMPIC GAMES

1972-x28 Elektroimpex, supplier of Electronic Scoreboards

MÜNCHEN GERMANY Olympic GAMES 1972 Vignette Label Cinderella Hungary - Elektroimpex ELECTRONICS

No size given

1972-x29   Germany Label 1972 München Olympic Games - The Games are handed over to Montreal. Glue remainders (T19-25)

Another series for a book - the GLORIA books, on hundreds of topics.

1972-x30 Self-adhesive sticker



Format : 4.5 x 13.5cm = 1.8" x 5.3"

1972-x31 1972-x31 12/29/19 - Oval Foil sticker with OLYMPIASTADT MÜNCHEN at top, rings at bottom, view of old Munich.

12/29/19 - the item I had here before was identical to 1972-x35. I have reused the number for the new item here now.

1972-x32 Self-adhesive sticker



The seller dated this to 1972, but I think not. According to Wikipedia:

Slalom canoeing made its Olympic debut in 1972 in Augsburg, West Germany, for the Munich Games. It was not seen again until 1992 in La Seu d'Urgell as part of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Since then, slalom paddling has been a regular Olympic event.

So this probably dates from that period between 1972 and 1992, and is part of a campaign to have the sport made a regular Olympic event.

SIZE: Unknown

1972-x33     Self-adhesive sticker

SIZE: from the images at far left, I'd say two or three inches diameter.

1972-x34 Self-adhesive sticker


YAMAHA Archery equipment

SIZE: Not given

I have to say, that artwork is downright creepy.

1972-x35   3/13/19 - Self-adhesive sticker

"Kiel" - Olympic rings - "1972" on square blue label

All the (delcampe) listing says is
"Germany Label 1972 Kiel Olympic Sailing Area (T18-35) - Ete 1972: Munich"

SIZE: Not given

1972-x36 3/13/10 - Self-adhesive sticker

eBay auction:
Vintage Hawaiian Punch "Punchy" / 1972 US Olympics Sticker / 1972 contest sticker in good condition / Decal measures 2.75" wide / Marked KFS Int.

Not really a "decal" - a self-adhesive sticker


1972-x37 a & b 3/13/19 - Self-adhesive stickers

eBay auction:
rare Sticker Olympic Mascot Waldi Dachshund Munich1972 Italian magazine gift
Two very rare stickers presented as a free gift to the Italian magazine EPOCA no.1142 in 1972.
The 2 stickers are on one sheet and were lightly attachted to the cover of the magazine
The upper sticker (size 10.5 x 8.5 cm) has the blue solar logo (the "Bright Sun") by Otl Aicher.
The lower sticker (size 10.5 x 5.0 cm) has the mascot dachshund dog Waldi and the name of the magazine "Epoca."


I notice that the magazine cover says "Secondo regalo" = Second gift. What was the first?

3/18/19 - SOLD FOR US $43.27 !!

1972-x38 4/1/2019

1972-x38 - Self-adhesive sticker

delcampe - FRANCE - AUTOCOLLANT / STICKER Comité Départemental OLYMPIQUE De SAÔNE Et LOIRE - - Stickers

SIZE 8,5 x 8,5 cm

1972-x39 4/1/2019

1972-x39 - Self-adhesive sticker

delcampe - Munich 1972 Jeux Olympiques Olympics Games Sticker Auto-collant Fonds de préparation du Comité Olympique Belge COB

SIZE not given

1972-x41 a and b

  4/1/2019 and 12/29/2019

1972-x41 a & b - Self-adhesive stickers

delcampe - Sticker - Olympiade München - 1972 - Wielrennen - Stickers

SIZE (yellow label) 9 cm x 12 cm


Top two images - THEN
Bottom two images - NOW


1972-x42 - Self-adhesive sticker - HOTEL OLYMPIA


The Hotel "Olimpia" was designed in 1969 by Zoltán Farkasdy, the construction began in 1971 and it was totally finished in 1972. The complex is located in a special milieu, on the top of Normafa, in the Buda hills.

Before its opening it was already used as the headquarters of the Hungarian Olympic Team, during the training for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Later, in the golden age of the hotel it was very popular. After 1989 it was privatized, and ran until 2002, when they shut it down. Since then it is abandoned.

The team that trained for the 1972 Olympics was already here before the games - the name selection came from here. The original name would have been Hotel Touring Normafa. 188 rooms, 364 beds, a bar for 100 people, a restaurant for 150 people, a bistro, a lounge, a sports yard and a swimming pool await those who want to relax. In its golden age, the hotel operated almost completely. However, after the change of regime, his success was increasingly downgraded, and Hotel Olimpia was closed down in 2002, based on a decision of the owner.

SIZE not given

1972-x43 4/1/2019

1972-x43 - Self-adhesive stickers with Munich Games logo and symbols for the different events.

SIZE - each sticker is 34mm square

1972-x44 4/1/2019

1972-x44 - Self-adhesive stickers


SIZE 75 mm square

"Vondelmolen" (barely legible on the back sides) is a brand of ginger cakes, still made. I assume these stickers were included in packages of the products in 1972. Can anyone confirm that?


12/29/2019 - 1972-x45 - Self-adhesive sticker

Oval sticker with OLYMPIASTADT MÜNCHEN at top, rings, view of old Munich, city symbol.

SIZE 3x4 inches

12/29/2019 - note that this number was formerly one of the varieties of the set now listed as 1972-x23.


According to Wikipedia:
Junghans Uhren GmbH is a German watch and clock manufacturer. Junghans had the largest watch and clock factory with over 3000 employees in the year 1903. The company is located in the district of Rottweil, in a town called Schramberg, Baden-Württemberg, southwest Germany.


1972-x46 - Self-adhesive sticker

JUNGHANS electronic offizielle Sportzeitmessung
XX Olympiade München 1972

Bright blue with black text, Olympic rings in white

eBay auction - group shown at far left

SIZE - approx 44x28mm

NOTE the other JUNGHANS labels above, 1972-34 & 35

1972-x47 4/1/2019

1972-x47 - Self-adhesive sticker

Olympic rings at top / 1972 / Hungarian flag at bottom

eBay auction - group shown at far left

SIZE - approx 17x28mm

I am calling this the Hungarian flag simply because that is the only country with a flag having those colors arranged horizontally and no other symbols.


ABOVE - back side; BELOW - mirror image of front


1972-x48 - Self-adhesive sticker

delcampe -
1972 Summer Munich Olympics (Sailing) RADIO 5AD Australian Motors WINDOW STICKER EXC Rare
Selex Decal Co.
DIMENSIONS: 137mm X 70mm Approx


ABOVE - back side; BELOW - mirror image of front


1972-x49 - Self-adhesive sticker

delcampe -
1972 Summer Munich Olympics (Volleyball) RADIO 5AD Australian Motors WINDOW STICKER EXC Rare
Selex Decal Co.
DIMENSIONS: 137mm X 70mm Approx

1972-x50 5/13/2019

1972-x50 - Self-adhesive sticker

Large Olympia Waldi sticker

Original official Munich 1972 mascot Olympia Waldi cutout sticker.

Size. Sheet: 350 mm x 170 mm approx (14" x 7")

1972-x51 5/13/2019

1972-x51 - Self-adhesive sticker

olympiade münchen 1972

Cartoon character = weightlifter with arms made from the Olympic rings.

Dimensions: 3,5 inches x 5,1 inches

1972-x52 12/29/2019 - large self-adhesive label.
"Kiel" Olympic rings "1972 at top right, sailboats across bottom, pale blue.

size: 110x65mm = 4.5 x 2.75"

What is the "26" in the bottom right corner? Is this part of a set? I have seen nothing similar.

Note that this number was used earlier for the label now numbered 1972- x06c.

1972-x53 08/31/2019 - 1972-x53 - Peel and stick label

eBay auction:
1972 Olympic Games Munich, original sticker/ Decal with packing. 185mm x 125mm.

1972-x54 12/29/2019 - Is this a poster stamp?

This item was listed on eBay, decribed as

It sold for $2.50, hardly a fortune.

But actually it is the decorative label from the center of the sheet of "stamps" from RAS AL KHAIMA, available right now for $10 on eBay.

I do not think the seller knew what the item was, and I point it out just so collectors can be informed about what they are buying and collecting. See below, 1972-z14.

(I put quotes around the word stamps because the issues of Ras Al Khaima are not listed in Scott, and are considered Cinderellas.)

12/29/2019 - this number was used earlier for the label listed above as 1972-69.

1972-x55 a thru g  



1972-55 - assorted labels

12/29/2019 - Sorry, but I just don't have the energy to add these the usual way - seven additions, all similar adhesives.

SIZE: 3,5 X 1,5 CM - NO GUM

SIZE: 6 X 3,5 CM - NO GUM

SIZE: 13,5 X 9 CM

SIZE: 5 X 2,5 CM


SIZE: 4,5 X 3 CM - NO GUM

SIZE: 1,5 X 3,5 CM NO GUM

MOST OF THESE ARE FROM eBay seller collectcorner2017, who seems to have hit the motherlode of 1972 labels!

12/29/2019 - this number was used earlier for the label now listed above as 1972-x06d.



1972-x56 - 3-D Peel-and-stick labels

"XX. Olympiade Munchen 1972 - Olympia Waldi"

According to our Japanese expert Akihiko Kanda, this souvenir pack was created by "BANDAI", a famous toy maker in Japan. It includes 7 peel-and-stick, 3-D labels, 2 with the 1972 Olympic Logo & 5 with the mascot "Olympia Waldi." The stickers are on a white plastic card which is stuck onto a blue cardboard backing.

Sizes: Card overall: 205x140mm
Olympic Logo: 40x20mm, mascots: 40x18mm, 47x22mm, 65x28mm

On the back of the card there is text about the beginning of the Olympics, Japanese participation to the Olympics, an explanation of the Olympic flag, and a list of summer and winter games.


6/17/2020 - Thirteen Dutch peel-and-stick self-adhesive labels, with reproductions of the summer Olympic posters from 1912 through 1972. Each label is 44x62mm (1.73x2.44in) Text on backing paper says "FasPrint / ???? Leiden Holland ????"

There is nothing to indicate that there were not more labels at either end.

From here on I am changing the listing format to save time and energy.

ID NUMBER: 1972-x58

SIZE: unknown

The eBay seller described this as a German label, but the word SISUPISARA is Finnish, and MK was the abbreviation for the Finnish currency, pre-Euro. But the meaning of SISUPISARA is obscure.


ID NUMBER: 1972-x59

Size:170 x 143 mm

Beer bottle label. Sapporo beer "Sapporo Giants" - Large size bottle.


ID NUMBER: 1972-x60

SIZE: 85 x 85 mm.

Kiel 1972 over Otl Aicher design for these Games.


ID NUMBER: 1972-x61

SIZE: 95 x 80 mm.

and sailboats image on foil shield label


ID NUMBER: 1972-x62

SIZE: unknown


Schaut auf diese Stadt - GLOCKENTURM BERLIN
Look at this city - Belltower Berlin

The image of a bell is copied from promotion for the 1936 Games in Berlin, but this is clearly a self-adhesive label - that format, with a tab sticking out, is used on many of the labels on this page. So it *might* have been produced for the '72 Games.

The tower is an important tourist destination offering a panorama of Berlin, Spandau, the Havel Valley, Potsdam, Nauen and Hennigsdorf.


ID NUMBER: 1972-x63

SIZE: unknown

Terrier on an air mattress in a field of grass


ID NUMBER: 1972-x64

SIZE: unknown



ID NUMBER: 1972-x65

SIZE: unknown

1972 Games logo in blue on white paper - no text


ID NUMBER: 1972-x66

SIZE: unknown

large round self-adhesive in blue with 1972 Games logo and MÜNCHEN


ID NUMBER: 1972-x67

SIZE: unknown



ID NUMBER: 1972-x68

SIZE: unknown

Kieler Woche (Kiel Week) 1972
No rings or specific Olympic reference, but Kiel was the site of the boat racing events.


ID NUMBER: 1972-x69

SIZE: unknown

Two perforated labels -


ID NUMBER: 1972-x70


SIZE: "about the same size as a CD"

"Waldi" the Olympic dachsund mascot character on a round self-adhesive label with radiating stripes.


ID NUMBER: 1972-x71

SIZE: unknown

Is that a label or a printed cachet or a cutout?


ID NUMBER: 1972-x72

Size - 260 mm x 40mm (10" x 1½") approx

Olympia Waldi sticker strip in different color combinations.


ID NUMBER: 1972-x73


SIZE: unknown



ID NUMBER: 1972-x74

SIZE: unknown



ID NUMBER: 1972-x75

SIZE: unknown



ID NUMBER: 1972-x76

SIZE: unknown



ID NUMBER: 1972-x77


SIZE: unknown



ID NUMBER: 1972-x78

SIZE: unknown


LATER LABELS (not in DuBois)

At present I do not plan to extend this catalog beyond 1972, but I acquired the 1974 label below by accident, and wondered about the USOS, so am adding it here, hoping someone can tell us the story.

What was the United States Olympic Society?

CATALOG NUMBER Source Image(s) & text, supplemental material Images of actual label(s) Description and comments

USOS pin - no date


3/13/2019 - 1974-x01

Circular Self-adhesive window label - "United States Olympic Society" - "74"

I found this on eBay, and did not notice the "74" at the bottom - it's hard to see in the original scan, and showed up only when I enhanced it.

SIZE: 93 x 93mm = 3.7" square

What was the United States Olympic Society?
The presence of the Olympic rings suggests to me that it was an official
organization. The other references to it I have found all date to the late 1970's.


10/17/2020 - an eBay seller offering another copy said:

All I can tell you is My husband picked it up during the summer Olympics in Los Angeles

She did not say *which* summer Olympics in LA, but I'm betting it was the ones in 1984 :-)

SECTION III - matchbox labels not listed in DuBois

I do not like matchbox labels, and the display below shows why: THERE ARE SO MANY! They are issued specifically for collectors, and seldom have any real connection
with the Games they mention. Most of the ones in the DuBois section of this page above are exceptions to that rule, they are individual items, or small sets, and
have a real connection with these Games. But the ones below? You decide.
CATALOG NUMBER Source Image(s) & text, supplemental material Images of actual label(s) Description and comments
1972-mbl-x02 Note different factory numbers - 19, 69, 295

Sheet of matchbox labels?

delcampe Listing:


VERY RARE complete serie of 6 German matchbox labels issued 1972 by club der Bayer Phillumenisten On yellow paper (labels not yet cut, full sheet layout) (nrs. 6534c - 6539c in German matchbox label catalogue Busch)

I don't get it - there are three examples at left, three paper colors, all identical otherwise, all described as uncut sheets of six matchbox labels, and I do not see any way to cut those into six reasonable labels. What's up?

7/7/19 - I found the lower image in the latest Heiko Volk auction. I guess it answers my question about how these could be cut into matchbox labels, but still - pretty clumsy design, to me.

1972-mbl-x05 POLAND 1972 Matchbox Label - Cat.G#271/74 set, Sports - Olympic Gold Medals

POLSKA - Zaklady Przemyslu Zapalczanego


1972 Sportowe - Polscy Zloci Medalisci, Igrzysk Olimpijskich.

POLAND - Match Industry Department


1972 Sports - Polish Gold Medalists, Olympic Games.

G 271-274 - Set of 4 Matchbox Label - White paper

1972-mbl-x08 POLAND 1975 Matchbox Labels - Cat.G#376/83 set, Olympic Sports Disciplines

POLSKA - Zaklady Przemyslu Zapalczanego 1955-1993
1975 SPORTOWE - Olimpijskie oznaczenia dyscyplin.
POLAND - Match Industry Department
1975 SPORTS - Olympic Sports disciplines
G 376-383 - Set of 8 Matchbox Labels (49x66 mmm) - White paper

1972-mbl-x09 12/29/2019 - These are not labels, but the actual boxes, made of plastic, with the design embossed onto the top. I just added the pictograms to the top of this page, and since these use those images, I decided to add them here. I know nothing about them other than what you can tell from these images.
1972-mbl-x10 12/29/2019 - SPORT - SIBICE
Only one of these has an Olympic symbol, five rings, and they are not in the official configuration, so you decide. No date, either, so I am dropping them here.


SECTION IV - Peripheral/Optional material

Below are items that are not really stickers or labels or poster stamps or vignettes, but some of them are close, and they appealed to me, so I am displaying them just for the fun.
Whether you choose to include such material in your own collection is your own decision.
CATALOG NUMBER Source Image(s) & text, supplemental material Images of actual label(s) Description and comments
1972-z01 Hangtag souvenir for U.S.A. OLYMPIC ARCHERY TRYOUTS 1972 Donation $1.00

This showed up on eBay recently, and is so cute I just had to have it.

SIZE: 4.75" x 2.5"


Beermats - some of these say 1972, others show posters or images from a range of Games, but I am dropping them all here.

8/31/2019 - added a few new ones.

12/29/2019 - added the square set with the pictograms - nice!


1972-z03 Cigar bands - the sources claimed these date from 1972, so here they are. Almost as bad as matchbox labels.


  Schwinn "Paramount" bicycle decal, circa 1970

10 DM certs, 1968 thru 1972

Förderungszertifikat der Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe
Funding Certificate of the German Sport Foundation

There are many of these with a similar design, sold for the value printed on the label, usually with Olympic postage stamps and a special cancel on them. I have not tried to compile an exhaustive collection here, but am showing a few to give an idea of their varieties. They were begun in 1968, in the runup to the Munich Games. There were three denominations: 10 DM, 100DM, and 1000DM. A Mark was worth about 30 cents US then. The series number at the bottom shows the year and the number of that denomination and design issued that year. I have seen 10 DM certs for all years from 1969 through 1972; I have seen 100s for 1972 only and the 1000s for 1971 only.

1972-z06 Fasson tape labels


Vintage European Sport Sticker Collection x 10 FASSON Tape Labels Olympics
Rare European sticker set 1970s 80s
size = 11 cm = 4.3"

a group of envelopes and cards

Front and back of an envelope used to distribute the cards.

Front and back of the album

All 20 of the cards
The backs are blank
40 stickers - Esso Olympics Action Collection 1896 - 1972

Given away in the UK with purchases of Esso petrol and oil products in support of the British Olympic appeal prior to the 1972 Olympics in Munich

A total of 40 stickers on 20 cards, each card 95x150mm, from one to three stickers per card, showing photos from previous Games, national flags, and Olympic posters.

A 96-page glossy soft-cover book was available, with spaces for all the stickers:

"The Olympics 1896-1972" - in support of the British Olympic Appeal"
An illustrated history of the Olympic Games from its inception to 1968 published by the Esso Petroleum Company with 40 blank spaces for stickers which were given away with petrol at the time.

2/20/19 - I bought a copy of the book and a set of the stickers on eBay - the most expensive part of the deal was the shipping! The condition is less than I had hoped - slightly worn and faded - but all in all I am pleased. Unlike all of the other Olympic book-and-sticker combos, this one was distributed to support its national Olympic team, so I approve whole-heartedly.

Below, a "wallet" to hold the stickers - I don't know how this was distributed or exactly how it was used - can anyone explain?




Based on the cachet on the envelope shown at left, Deutsche Bank hosted a Stamp Exhibition in 1970. The Registration labels are from all over Germany, so did the display travel from town to town? Was it set up in banks?

SO many questions.

1972-z09 Registration Labels - Summer Olympic Games, Munich, 1972

There must be many more of these, potentially one for every town in Germany!

Note the last one, and its cover - it was issued in 1971 in the "fore-Olympic year."


Registration Labels - Philatelic-Olympic

Other Registration labels with an Olympic and philatelic theme


Registration Labels - Kiel, Sailing Competitions

Kiel segelwettbewerbe

sailing competitions

1972-z12 PANINI stickers

I did NOT add the Panini stickers to the 1968 page, but since I have created a whole category for dubious material on this page, I guess I have to let them in. They are an abomination, worse than matchbox labels, a completely artificial collecting area invented just to bilk innocent people. BUT they have been around for a long time now, and seem popular, so fine. I do not know much about them, like how they are sold or collected or how many there are for 1972, etc. I am showing just a few images to give the general idea. Proceed at your own risk.

26.8 - 10.9.1972

Still xxx days until 20th Olympics in Munich and Kiel

So someone made a bunch of rubber stamps and sent them to friends and said use them on all your mail? The covers are from two different towns, so there could have been a lot of people involved.

The oldest is 565 days, 1 year and almost 7 months.

CLEARLY these are not labels, they're more like cachets (which I warn against below) but I like the idea. Could one build a collection of every day from 500 days before the Games started? Someone must have created that.




On my 1968 Mexico City page I display many decorative labels from sheets of postage stamps. They have no country name or postal text, so when separated from their sheets, they can be mistaken for poster stamps. They seem to have mushroomed in use around that time - the earliest I have seen was issued in 1960 - and grown more popular since. I am showing a few here, but have no intention of being exhaustive. This is just an alert - watch out for things like this.

I am not saying they have no place in a collection of Olympic labels. Many are quite attractive, and one could form an interesting collection of just these postal labels. I just want collectors to know what these are, and not mistake them for "true" Cinderellas.

The stamps shown are from these issuers: Monaco, Trinidad & Tobago, Chad, Ras al Khaima, and Oman.

1972-z15 BOGUS STAMPS - Ile Roy, Isö (Sweden)

These are labels that look like postage stamps, for non-existent countries, or for entities with no independent postal service.


These are labels that look like poster stamps - and I suppose that's what they are - but they are modern creations created either for fun, or to cheat collectors out of their money. If you buy one for 10 cents, no big deal, but if you pay 50 dollars, you've been cheated.




1972 Summer Games Torch Relay covers

I found the two labels at top left on delcampe, described as "envelope closer - label" and it was clear they were part of a set for the route of the Olympic torch from July 28 to August 26, 1972. So I looked for the rest, and discovered they were envelope cachets, to be pasted onto the envelope and then canceled in each named town. Looking further, I found them for almost the entire route of the torch, starting in Greece, through Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, and West Germany.

Those first two are the only ones I found that had NOT been pasted to an envelope, so these are a pretty remote addition to this collection. I suppose you could buy all the covers and soak the labels off, but really?

AND by the way, I found other covers for these Games - both FDCs and souvenir covers (see below) - with cachets pasted on in this same manner. These are marked as cachets, so could not be mistaken for labels, but has this become a regular practice?

1972-z18 Even more remote than the labels above, but as a warning, look at the item in column three, which I found on delcampe listed as a "vignette." It did not say it was gummed, and the sale had closed, and the seller did not remember, but I am sure it was NOT gummed, because look at the item in column two - the "vignette" is a rubber-stamp envelope cachet.

My point is, watch out for cachets cut from their envelopes and offered as labels.



Another contrivance like the Panini labels is the "Ernst Huberty" labels, published by Zenit (Zenith).

Huberty was a very popular sports broadcaster, who rented out his name to be used on a series of books and stickers. Several of them included stickers for the 1972 Games, especially this one: "Olympische Spiele 1964, 1968, 1972"

1968-1972 Olympics Collection Of 84 Prize Coupons, Mexico, Munich, Innsbruck Medalists, Olympic Games - Old Paper

Collection of 84 fans prize coupons (printed in German) with images of sport contest scenes and gold medalists of The Olympic Games from Mexico, Munich and Innsbruck. From the total, 40 coupons are larger (size 15 cm x 10 cm) and 44 coupons are smaller (15 cm x 7 cm). Shipping Worldwide only by Registered...

Ernst Huberty Zenit Verlag/Schneller.höher.weiter/Sportler und ihre Sternstunden

Autor/in: Ernst Huberty
Titel: Olympische Spiele 1964, 1968, 1972
Verlag: Zenit Verlag Hamburg

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