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

STATISTICS

           


Below are some statistics about Olympics labels.

How to count them? DuBois' numbering is inconsistent (I know, he inherited the system from an earlier list). Sometimes different colors get separate numbers, sometimes just separate letters, occasionally just notes. I've decided every variation is a separate label, i.e., if you had a COMPLETE collection, and counted each separable item, how many would you have? This still leaves some room for debate - is a full sheet of multiple designs a separate item too? Whatever. The numbers are approximate. The notation "plus" means there are additional varieties, or additional labels that I consider peripheral or optional.

Year Event Location # seen
1894 1st Olympic Congress Paris 1
1896 I Olympiad Athens none
1900 II Olympiad Paris none
1904 III Olympiad St. Louis none
1906 Intercalated Games Athens 14
1908 IV Olympiad London 9
1912 V Olympiad Stockholm 25 plus
1913 Germany prepares for 1916 Berlin 20 plus
1914 20th Anniversary of Rebirth of Games Paris, Cairo, Riga 5 + 16
1916 (Games cancelled) Berlin 24
1920 VII Olympiad Antwerp 8 plus
1924 VIII Olympiad Paris 38 plus
1928 IX Olympiad Amsterdam 44 plus
1932 X Olympiad Los Angeles 270 plus
1936 XI Olympiad Berlin 200 plus
1940 XII Olympiad Tokyo 10 plus
1940 XII Olympiad Helsinki 38 plus
1944 XIII Olympiad London 1
1948 XIV Olympiad London 60 plus
1952 XV Olympiad Helsinki 70 plus
1956 XVI Olympiad Melbourne 300 plus
1956 XVI Olympiad Stockholm 20 plus
1960 XVII Olympiad Rome 600 plus
1964 XVIII Olympiad Tokyo 300 plus
1924 I Winter Games Chamonix none
1928 II Winter Games St Moritz 7
1932 III Winter Games Lake Placid 6 plus?
1936 IV Winter Games Garmisch-Partenkirchen 22 plus 108 plus
1940 V Winter Games Sapporo 1
1940 V Winter Games St Moritz 5
1940 V Winter Games Garmisch-Partenkirchen none
1944 V Winter Games Cortina d'Ampezzo none
1948 V Winter Games St Moritz 12
1952 VI Winter Games Oslo 8
1956 VII Winter Games Cortina d'Ampezzo 60 plus
1960 VIII Winter Games Squaw Valley 25 plus
1964 IX Winter Games Innsbruck 40 plus

           
      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


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