BACKGROUND: To commemorate the 1936 Olympic Games postage stamps (of eight denominations) and two post cards were issued. An additional amount was added to each stamps denomination that was invested in German athletics. This led the German Sport Assistance to be very active in the sale. During August 1-16, special Olympic cancellation machines were used to cancel the stamps at designated post offices in Berlin and Kiel. Sixteen different cancellation stamps were used with different inscriptions. Crowds filled these special post offices who wished to purchase stamps only to have them canceled; especially before and after a competition. An estimated 200,000 sheets were sold in sixteen days.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A 21cm x 30cm sheet of beige paper with the heading "Special Stamps of the German Reichsport for the XI Olympic Games 1936 in Berlin." Below are eight canceled stamps featuring, from left to right, gymnastics, diving, football, javelin, torch bearer, fencer, double scull and a show jumper. All are canceled using the same stamp and all contain the same date. All stamps are marked as being designed by M. Eschle. The German eagle with outstretched wings grasping a wreath with swastika is printed to the bottom. The sheet is creased horizontally and vertically with curled corners and a vertical tear at the bottom.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $79.00

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