POSTER STAMPS AND LABELS OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES

      INTRODUCTION

      STATISTICS

       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
1928 - IX Olympiad - Amsterdam
1932 - X Olympiad - Los Angeles
1936 - XI Olympiad - Berlin
1940 - XII Olympiad - Tokyo
      - XII Olympiad - Helsinki
1944 - XIII Olympiad - London
1948 - XIV Olympiad - London
1952 - XV Olympiad - Helsinki
1956 - XVI Olympiad - Melbourne
      - XVI Olympiad - Stockholm

       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

1908 - IV Olympiad - London

   

Posters for the 1908 Olympic Games in London

The 1908 Games were originally scheduled to be held in Rome, but in 1906 Vesuvius erupted, and Italy had to devote its resources to rebuilding Naples. London was able to take over the job, and did an excellent job, all things considered.

London was hosting the Franco-British Exhbition at the time, which gave it a head start on preparations. The poster on the left above is a modern creation based on the cover of a program. As for the one on the right, according to the web site of the British Library

This poster by an unknown artist was lost until recently. No copy is held in BOA archives, nor by the IOC, one reason being that the poster was in fact prepared by the organisers of the Franco-British Exhibition. A copy of the image was known on a folder describing the Olympic stadium, but it was research by members of the Society of Olympic Collectors that established it was the poster image. A postcard exists showing the poster in situ.

There was one official poster stamp created for the 1908 Games.

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Official poster stamp for the 1908 Olympic Games in London
#1909-1 to 8

The DuBois catalog lists 8 colors for this design. It is quite rare.

Unofficial labels


Matchbox label
#1908-9

There were no postage stamps issued for the 1908 Games.


Again in 1908, there was no official poster. The one shown above was created many years later, when collectors demanded one. It was based on a program for the Games.


There were no winter games in 1908.


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