POSTER STAMPS AND LABELS OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES

      INTRODUCTION

      STATISTICS

      UNSOLVED MYSTERIES

        SUMMER GAMES
1894 - Modern Games Founded
1896 - I Olympiad - Athens
1900 - II Olympiad - Paris
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

UNSOLVED MYSTERIES

The items shown here are ones that I could not find in the DuBois catalog, and could not connect with a specific Olympiad, or doubted were labels at all. Some are shown as well on the pages of this site where they seem to belong, others only here.

If you can provide information about when and by whom any of these were produced, and in connection with which Olympiad, please email me at

Please refer to the image by the ID below it. All contributions will be acknowledged. Thanks.

NOTE: Once I indentify an item on this page, I move it to the SOLVED MYSTERIES page - and the appropriate Olympiad page - so this page contains only the items I still have questions about.

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.

Most of these are images I found on the www, so I do not know their sizes.


      SOLVED MYSTERIES!

      STILL MISSING

      ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

      UPDATE HISTORY

       SUMMER GAMES
1960 - XVII Olympiad - Rome
1964 - XVIII Olympiad - Tokyo
1968 - XIX Olympiad - Mexico City

       WINTER GAMES
1924 - I Winter Games - Chamonix
1928 - II Winter Games - St Moritz
1932 - III Winter Games - Lake Placid
1936 - IV Winter Games - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
1940 - V Winter Games - Sapporo
      - V Winter Games - St Moritz
      - V Winter Games - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
1944 - V Winter Games - Cortina d'Ampezzo
1948 - V Winter Games - St Moritz
1952 - VI Winter Games - Oslo
1956 - VII Winter Games - Cortina d'Ampezzo
1960 - VIII Winter Games - Squaw Valley
1964 - IX Winter Games - Innsbruck
1968 - X Winter Games - Grenoble

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


 
MYST-11

Two booklets containing strips of vignettes depicting different sporting events in a cartoon style, covers inscribed "Olympische Spiele" with one showing boxing and the other showing swimming, possibly produced ca.1920s, very fine and attractive.

Found in a David Feldman auction catalog.
Must date from 1913 or so.
Can anyone provide more info, or images of the stamps they contained?

 

MYST-14
ALFA-OLYMPIADE 1928

What's the story here? No rings, so not necessarily related to the Games. A Google search led to some pages about sports trading cards. ???

MYST-16

I owned this - it's a miniature photo on light card, the photo is 35mm x 45mm. I'm betting it was a souvenir item from a photo booth somewhere in LA. Anyone else have a similar item?


MYST-21
Text: "Cortina-Dolomiti - ml: 1224"
Cortina was the site designated for the 1944 Winter Olympics.
It is in the Dolomites mountain range of Northern Italy, at an elevation of 1224 meters.

The source of this image, an Italian web site about Olympic Games held in Italy, says this is a "vignette" of the 1956 Winter Games, but the style of the Olympic rings looks older (1944?), and the texture looks odd. It could be a patch, not a label.
Please email me if you know what the item is - address at bottom of page.



MYST-23
approx height = 60mm = 2.4"

Selected by US Olympic Team
SUPPORT YOUR US OLYMPIC TEAM

found on the www - low-quality scan -
WHAT IS IT? Could be a clothing tag?

The other items on the same page were from Games of 1932 to 1956, but the other items I have seen with this design date from the 1980's.

 


MYST-26
D.N.D. - 10 Cts - SIN VALOR POSTAL


D.N.D. = Delegación Nacional de Deportes = National Delegation of Sports, formed in 1941 to promote health and sports in Spain.

I don't see how this can date from earlier than 1945, i.e. post-WWII, so I have placed it tentatively on the 1948 page.
Can anyone confirm that?

8/9/16 - Philippe Pavard pointed out this page at delcampe.net (click on QUESTIONS tab) where the seller says "Year final 1940 decade or initial 1950 decade" so that agrees with my guess.

11/30/17 - Some poking around via Google led me to images of other denominations, and one with a 1946 overprint, so that supports dating this to the preparations for the 1948 Games.

CAN ANYONE ADD TO THIS STORY?



MYST-27
Vi stöder svensk olympisk idrott
=
We support Swedish Olympic sports

???

MYST-29
OLYMPIC CHAMPION - Safety Match
Made in Pakistan
Olympic rings in standard configuration, but non-standard colors and interlacing.

Matchbox "skillet" - so not a label, and peripheral to this collection.

Pakistan was established in 1947, so that's the earliest date for this. I doubt it was connected with specific Games.


ANOTHER MYSTERY


#1936-x13
OLYMPISCHES DORF BERLIN 1936
Vignette: Olympic tower with bells
bronze foil

Found on the www. It looks like a foil seal, not an imprint. Has anyone seen it elsewhere?

HERE IT IS
used on a cover.

12/18/16 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-32
MONACO-SPORTS
Approximate size = 9x17mm (vignette)
Olympic Torch (?) on red background with text MONACO-SPORTS.

I found this in a Feldman auction, on this page with items from the 1932 Games, which suggests it dates from that period. Can anyone confirm, and explain its purpose? No rings, but I assume the torch is meant to refer to the Olympics.

12/2/17 - I found the image below in an old auction catalog:

It was described thus: "ca.1953 Fist Holding Torch, pencil and ink drawing by P. Gandon, design 96x159mm."


Pierre Gandon was a famous and quite prolific French artist, designer, and engraver who designed and/or engraved over 350 stamps for France and over double that number for the French Colonies, plus over 100 for Monaco, including its Olympics issues of 1948, 1952, and 1960

IN 1952 Monaco issued this set of four airmail stamps for the Helsinki Olympics:

The red one does show a torch. BUT these were neither designed nor engraved by Pierre Gandon.

According to Wikipedia: Monaco first participated at the Olympic Games in 1920, and has sent athletes to compete in most Summer Olympic Games since then, missing only the 1932 Games, the 1956 Games, and the boycotted 1980 Games. Monaco has also participated in every Winter Olympic Games since 1984.


01/07/17 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-33
OLYMPIC NORD HAINAUT

Size: 110 x 90 mm
Triangular label, runner above torch, Olympic rings behind.

I found this in a delcampe auction, seller describes it as a self-adhesive label, which suggests it is relatively recent. Nord Hainaut is a region in Belgium. Seller thinks it dates from the 1980's.

01/07/17 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-35
UNIC OLYMPIC MAGASIN
NOSTRA OLYMPIC MAGASIN

Matchbox labels
Belgian grocery chain
Date = probably 1950's?

There are many of these available on eBay and delcampe, with twelve or so basic designs differing in the name of the town at bottom (e.g. Erquelinnes or Kapellen). Several have Olympic rings. Without the rings, I would say the name is coincidental, and has nothing to do with the Games, but their presence implies authorization by the IOC, presumably based on a sponsorship. My first thought was that they dated from the 1920 Games in Antwerp, but the clothing styles and hairdos of the women depicted are unmistakably 1950's, so I changed my mind. Can anyone provide more information?

Wikipedia says that UNIC was "rebranded" to SUPER GB in 1958, so they have to be earlier than that.

02/15/17 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-36
OLYMPIC TAVENÝ SÝR
OLYMPIK MINI

Approximate size = 42mm height
Various Czechoslovak cream cheese labels, most with text only, some with Olympic rings, three with discus thrower (no rings)

I found these in an eBay auction, on scans of pages with other Olympic labels listed in DuBois, and dating from as early as 1932 and as late as 1984.

I have been unable to find these anywhere else. Without the Olympic rings they would be irrelevant, but the rings imply a formal relationship with the IOC, so they might belong somewhere in these pages. Can anyone pin down a date for them?

2/24/17 - Here's another type, no rings, winter theme. The price, 7,50 Kcs, is Czechoslovak currency, so pre-1993.

03/18/17 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-39
OLYMPIA razor blade wrapper - 0.08mm
text on tab = V/15/26-MgG36
size: 475x260 mm

No rings, but that could be a foot-race track. Can anyone tell me the country of origin and date? Do they still sell razor blades anywhere?


08/09/17 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-40

Matchbox label, PIZZERIA "Olympia" and Olympic rings with pizza names inside. Also, Ristorante "Santa Lucia". Reutlingen, (West) Germany

Heiko Volk listed this in the 1960 section of a recent auction, but my research suggests it is later - probably the 1970's (the 1972 Games were in Munich). I am basing that on the phone numbers, which I think were not in use until then. Moreover, the label names TWO restaurants, which makes the connection with any actual Olympic Games very tenuous. Neither restaurant exists today.

CAN ANYONE PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION?

10/09/17 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-42

Hotel luggage label
11.5x7.5 cm, glue
Hotel Olympic
EGNATIAS 25 THESSALONIKI
PHONES 76.254 76.315

I do not think this is connected with a specific Olympiad, but it does have the Olympic rings, and the discus thrower, so a nice item.
The hotel is still in business at that same location, but looks modern, 1970 or later - Google streetview snapshot below. That phone number looks like a very old one (current number = 056.6871) so I think it's much earlier than the 2004 Games in Athens.

CAN ANYONE PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION?

11/12/17 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-43

OLYMPIC Limonade pur sucre R.C.V.9305
on arc-shaped bright yellow label with Olympic rings in blue and white on a red background.

Lemonade bottle label (?)
Size unknown
Date unknown

I found this on a delcampe auction, from a Belgian seller. It looks like a label for the neck of a soft drink bottle.

CAN ANYONE PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION?

11/18/17 - NEW MYSTERIES


myst-44,45,46

Russian "Meshok" auction lots described as "Germany Reich Olympics, Sports vignettes Militaria, War, Propaganda, glue, rarity"
No dimensions stated.

A collector in Russia emailed me to ask for an opinion on the three items above. I told him they look like fakes, partly because I have never seen them, and partly because they are so crudely trimmed. All three of the images were issued as postcards. The seller had about ten more similar items with a sports theme, but no Olympics connection, their images also seen as postcards. The presence of glue on these is mysterious. Is there printing on the backs?

CAN ANYONE PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION?


 
#1936-x25
50 Pfg / OLYMPIADE / BERLIN 1936 / E.G.H.
Size: 20x28mm
Charity label? Who/what was E.G.H.?

I asked the eBay seller:
Can you tell me more about this item? For example, what is EGH? Why did it issue a stamp for the Olympics?
He replied:
I'm sorry, but I don't have an idea.

I asked all the experts I know, none could identify this item!

12/12/17 - NEW MYSTERY

 
myst-47

Ferrero Chocolate Trading card, 1936 Olympics
Modern German flag in background, Brandenburg Gate below.
Number 96

This doesn't really belong here, it's not a label or seal or sticker or stamp - it's a card.
And there's not really a mystery, I just want to know more about the set of (presumably) 100 cards to which this one belongs.
But I do have lots of questions: Are the cards all related to the Olympic Games? Do they all have that odd 4-ring symbol in place of the proper 5-ring one? Why is the flag shown NOT the one (with swastika) that was official at the time of the 1936 Games?

Here is a link to a page showing another set of trading cards from this same chocolate company.

CAN ANYONE PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION?

Thanks to Ray Petersen, dba maerkat on eBay, for the images.

04/22/2018 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-49

Matchbox label from India

This showed up on eBay recently, and while it does have Olympic rings, and say "OLYMPIC," I doubt very much it was issued in connection with specific Games. I think it is just exploiting the name. I see nothing in the design to date it.

CAN ANYONE PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION?

myst-49 - a black&white label; Solid black bkgrd for most of label, design reversed out; "OLYMPIC" at top, Olympic rings; female Olympic gymnast in silhouette doing a pose on one leg. White background at bottom for text: "50's MATCHES - PRICE 15Ps / THE ANNIE MATCH / FACTORY, NEMOM, / TRIVANDRUM-20"

04/22/2018 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-50

Matchbox label from India

This showed up on eBay recently, and while it does say "OLYMPIC," I doubt very much it was issued in connection with specific Games. I think it is just exploiting the name. I see nothing in the design to date it.

CAN ANYONE PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION?

myst-50 - a matchbox label with dark blue bkgrnd, "OLYMPIC" in yellow at top left, male torch runner in dark red. At lower right - "SAFETY MATCH - PRICE 0.07" At bottom, in yellow box, "K.P. MATCH INDUSTRIES, VETTUVANAM.N.A"


05/20/2018 - NEW MYSTERY


myst-51

Matchbox label from China (?)

This showed up on eBay recently, with the description
"China - older Matchbox Label - Olympic Games."
Those are definitely the Olympic Rings, but does that seller know Chinese? Could this be Japanese? I tried typing the text into Google's translator, and it agrees the text is Chinese, and says that it translates
"Registered trademark of Huangze Temple
Guangyuan Matches"

so that suggests to me that the label is not meant to connect with any specific Games. Can anyone tell me more?

05/20/2018 - NEW MYSTERY


Matchbox label from Germany

HANSA-GOLD
Olympic rings over generic text.

I won't bother repeating or translating the text, it says nothing about the Olympics, so what's the deal? This looks pre-WWII, so that would suggest it dates from the time of the 1936 Games, but...

Can anyone tell me more?


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