Arago: Los Angeles Summer Olympics Issue

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Los Angeles Summer Olympics Issue

A block of four 20-cent stamps featuring Summer Olympic events was issued May 4, 1984, in Los Angeles, California. The First Day of Issue ceremony was held on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles.

This block of four stamps features women's kayaking, women's long jump, and men's diving and wrestling. Robert Peak of Scottsdale, Arizona, designed all of the US stamps and stationery items issued in recognition of the 1984 Olympics. Clarence Holbert modeled the stamp.

Los Angeles served as the site for the summer games of the X Olympiad in 1932 and hosted the summer events of the 1984 XXIII Olympiad.

At the time of stamps' issuance, an athletic event must have been played competitively in at least forty different countries to be included in the summer Olympics games. An additional prerequisite requires that these countries must reflect the interests of athletes from at least three continents.

The stamp was printed in the photogravure process.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (March 3, 1984).


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