London 1948


29 July 1948, United Kingdom
Olympic Games
‘Speed’ – designed by Abram Games

The first set of stamps from 2012 was the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Definitives, then Welcome to the London 2012 Olympic Games was issued in July.  The latest set is Team GB Gold Medal Winners – none of them are my cup of tea… so, I am featuring a set of Olympic stamps from 1948.

My most favourite is above by Games, showing a kind of sports scene – others are more abstract, telling that the Olympics is a global and peaceful event, hosted by King George VI.  Designers of that time had a tough task – mono colour and the portrait.

‘Globe and Laurel Wreath’ – designed by Percy Metcalfe
‘Winged Victory’ – designed by Edmund Dulac
‘Olympic Speed’ – designed by Stanley D. Scott

p.s. I found this article on above stamps and more, through Going Postal.  Design decision was made by the King himself…


一番のお気に入りは、戦前からすでに有名だったAbram Gamesが手がけた一番上の切手です。スポーツの躍動感がミニマルに描かれ、「地球規模の祭典」という概念も抽象的に表現されています。これで、国王ジョージ6世の横顔を入れないですんだら、どんなにモダンな切手が生まれていただろう、、、と、当時の切手デザイナーの対面していたジレンマについて想像してみたり。

p.s. コレクター仲間のブログ Going Postal に、上の4枚が選ばれた1948年のいきさつについての記事が転載されているのを発見。なるほど、最終決定は国王が下していたのですね。Abram Gamesのを選んでくれて良かったー。

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