Sunday Stamps 006: Summer Olympics


Sunday Stamps are meant for Sundays but I’m already putting it up today (Saturday)! So what comes to my mind when I hear the word “summer”? Instantly, images of sun, sand, and the sea fills my head when summer is being talked about.

I try to veer from that usual response with my entry for this week. My stamps are devoted to the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympic Games from Estonia and Italy, respectively.


This stamp from Estonia was issued in 2004 to commemorate not only the Summer Olympics held in Athens, Greece, but also to dedicate to their athletes who were competing under the Estonian flag for the first time. Prior to their independence from the Soviet Union, Estonian athletes were all part of the Soviet Union team.

The Estonian Olympic Committee resumed its activity in 1989 and since that time Estonian sportsmen have competed under their own flag at the Games. In all, Estonian sportsmen have won 22 gold, 18 silver and 25 bronze medals at the Games. (Source)


This stamp is one of the two-stamps issued by the Italian Post under the Lo Sport Italiano (Italian sports) series dedicated to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games with a denomination of € 0.85 (left) and €0.60. T

he € 0.85   features a disc framed in by a Greek border on the left and a floral border on the right. On the left-hand side of the disc, there are some figures of athletes similar to those designed on Ancient Greek ceramics; on the right-hand side there are some Asian athletes. The five Olympic rings are pictured in the centre of the disc.

The words “GIOCHI OLIMPICI-PECHINO 2008” (BEIJING 2008 OLYMPIC GAMES), “ITALIA”, and the denomination “€ 0,85” complete the stamp.


I get so excited when Olympics are staged, whether it  be a summer or winter games. It’s just a great celebration for all of the world. I know there are controversies that rock the Olympics Committee but still, it’s one of the most highly-anticipated event in the whole wide world! So many years have already passed and yet the excitement and grandeur of the Olympic Games have remained unrivaled.  I wonder how many of the participants share the same sentiment with me.


Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I do like the Italian one, back to the original games.

Postcardy said...

It is interesting to see how different countries commemorate the Olympics on their stamps.

Joy said...

I like both of these but especially the Italian one, which links the two ancient games, most imaginative.

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