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THE RED STAMP ON SPORTS
Ira Seebacher
November 22, 1954
A New York collector who has assembled 40 volumes of sports stamps from all over the world finds that the Iron Curtain countries have more sports issues than anybody. Some of these stamps glorify athletics as preparation for war
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November 22, 1954

The Red Stamp On Sports

A New York collector who has assembled 40 volumes of sports stamps from all over the world finds that the Iron Curtain countries have more sports issues than anybody. Some of these stamps glorify athletics as preparation for war

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EAST GERMANY
Stamp commemorating 7th International Freedom Race (left) was issued this year. Below, a 1951 set issued for second winter sports championships at Oberhof

YUGOSLAVIA
Stamp at far left was issued in 1948 to mark Balkan Games in Belgrade; others are 1953 issue publicizing Adriatic Rally and International motorcycle races

POLAND
Photogravure stamps publicized Spartacist Games; issue at right was lithographed winter sports "quickie"

HUNGARY
When Hungarians beat British 6-3 in soccer game at Wembley, stamp at left was hastily overprinted with score; other issue pays tribute to impressive new People's Stadium

ROMANIA
When 1947 Balkan Games were held in Bucharest, stamp at left was issued. Those below, quite Russian in appearance, incorporate insigne of a 1950 Romanian sports organization

CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Emil Zatopek stars in recent issue (left), while winter sports and gymnastics are among other Czech sets

BULGARIA
This 1949 set combines trackman and grenade-thrower (left) with relatively innocent cyclist and an ominous hurdler backed by an infantryman in full battle accouterment

TRIESTE-YUGOSLAV ZONE
The Yugoslav stamps shown at left and right have military occupation overprints for use in Zone B, were issued to publicize Yugoslav participation in Olympics. The 1952 stamp below was not pegged to any specific event

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