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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Italy issue for Rome 1960 Olympics


On 23rd June 1959, the series of five stamps serving as Olympic publicity for Italy was issued on the double format postcards representing " Ancient Olympic Champions ". By agreement with the Provincial Directorate of the Rome Postal Services, a Special Post Office was set up within the Post Office of the C.O.N.I., where an artistic commemorative franking with the symbol of the Games could be obtained. The setting up of the Post Office of the Olympic Committee on 23rd July 1959 was the occasion for the issue of a postcard of international philatelic format with the reproduction of the symbol of the Games. This card was marked with the cancellation of the above Office, coupled with a post-marking composed of the following wording: " Inauguration of the Post Office of the Organizing Committee ".
At short intervals, issues were also brought out on the occasion of the inauguration of the various sports venues and of the Celebration of the 1959 Olympic Day. On 22nd August 1959, a commemorative cancellation on one of the previously prepared postcards of double format was applied on the occasion of the inauguration of the Swimming Stadium and distributed by the Post Office of the Olympic Committee. On 25th August 1959, the 1959 Olympic Day, the Olympic Committee Post Office distributed a commemorative franking on an official envelope, whilst the Olympic Committee Post Office also applied a commemorative mechanical post-marking on the official postcard.
On 30th April 1960, to celebrate the inauguration of the Olympic Velodrome, a special Post Office was set up close to the Velodrome on a bus kindly supplied by the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro. Here a commemorative post-marking on double-format postcard was applied. On 3rd 1960, the inauguration of Palazzo dello Sport was marked by the distribution of a commemorative mechanical stamping by the Post Office of the Olympic Committee on a postcard of double format.
This same Office was responsible for the application of the commemorative post-marking on the occasion of the opening of the Regatta Course at Lake Albano, on 21st August 1960.
The success of the first edition of sticker labels, showing the symbol of the Games, suggested the idea of a further issue in series of 12 languages similar to the first but with the reproduction of the official poster of the Games. On 23rd May 1960, the series of 14 commemorative stamps issued by the Republic of San Marino were mounted on 4 postcards of international philatelic format with the reproduction of the symbol of the Games.

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