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



DuBois Catalog text:


A View From the Side



Table of Contents

What is a label?


Title Page of DuBois Catalog

DuBois Catalog text:

Codes and Legends

Olympic Games and Olympiads

Games of the Modern Era

Olympic Flag

Olympic Rings

Green Catalog

Trory Catalog

I began accumulating labels from the Olympic Games more or less by accident. I bought collections to get other material, and the Olympics tagged along. Eventually I had enough that it got my attention, so I acquired a copy of Robert J DuBois' Catalog of Olympic Labels and got a little more serious.

That was about twenty-five years ago, as of 2018, and these pages are the result. I enjoy Olympics material, and wanted to share it. Moreover, much as I like the DuBois Catalog, its images are in black and white, and sometimes they are a bit murky. So I hope my efforts here will fill that void, by providing images of the actual items, online, and in living color.

To date (12/17/18) I have managed to get a nearly complete collection here of what was in the DuBois catalog - click on STILL MISSING to see what these pages lack. In addition, I have found many additions to the DuBois catalog - I have not done a count, but I would say this updated catalog comprises at least 25% more entries than Bob's.

IF YOU CAN ADD TO THESE LISTINGS IN ANY WAY, please send images or information to  

Please note that these pages are not about Olympics postage stamps - there are other sites that display those. Nor do I show medals, statistics, postcards, or other Olympics ephemera and souvenirs.

As for what is included in, and what is excluded from these pages, please read "Introduction: What is a label?" from the DuBois catalog. Bob was a bit more inclusive than I would have been, and I note in many places on these pages when I disagree with his choices.

Select an Olympic event from the menu on the left and right to view its labels.

PRICING: The prices shown in the DuBois catalog were his estimates of retail values at the time he published the catalog - 1986.

Prices today may be either higher or lower - watch eBay and other auction sites for guidance.

Click on image below to open an enlarged version in a separate window/tab
Click on the DuBois number beneath the image to display technical data about that label.

11/10/2018 - I have added above a link to my pdf scan of Dick Green's "A Catalog of Poster stamps of the Olympic Games." Poster Stamp Publishing Co., Chicago, IL. 1940, 18pp - scanned from the pages of the Poster Stamp Bulletin. It is listed on Bob's References page as one of his sources. Feel free to download it. I apologize for the varying resolution, but I did not have originals of all the Bulletins, so some are lower-res from the www. Use the ZOOM feature and you should be able to enlarge those pages enough to read them with ease. :-)

6/15/2020 - I have added above a link to a pdf scan of Ernest Trory's "A Philatelic History of the Olympic Games." It was one of DuBois' primary sources, It lists labels through 1936, and he planned two more sections, taking it through 1947, but as far as I know he never published those.
(Downloaded from the web site of Sports Philatelists International. JOIN!)

8/10/2023 - collectorJohn Pratt sent me this link, to pages from Bob DuBois' Xmas Seal Collection (he and his wife were very active in that area) - it describes how Bob got started as a collector.





1960 - XVII Olympiad - Rome
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


I am indebted to Robert J DuBois for allowing me to use images and information from his Catalog of Olympic Labels on these web pages.

All text and images are the property of the author. Any errors are his.
REWARD! If you have better or additional information about anything shown or discussed here, please email the author.
Email address at bottom of page. Full credit gladly given - your name, ebay ID, web site...

Click here to access my web page about the 1936-1951 Poster Stamp Bulletin of the National Poster Stamp Society.


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Created -- 07/27/2013
Revised -- 08/10/2023