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Introduction: Playing To Win

Playing To Win: American Sports & Athletes On Stamps

Created by

Alexander Haimann

Collections Specialist

Smithsonian National Postal Museum

The opening of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, Greece on August 6, 1896, marked the beginning of a new era in international sports. Even though these first Olympic Games took place thousands of miles from the shores of the United States, competitive sports and athletic activities have dominated American life ever since. The continuing importance of athletic activities in American culture and daily life makes numerous facets of professional and amateur sports perfect subjects for U.S. postage stamps.

This Arago online exhibit, Playing To Win: American Sports & Athletes On Stamps, highlights dozens of different sports, professional and amateur athletes, and monumental moments in American athletics as depicted on U.S. postage stamps.

United States Master Collection, Scott 716

The 2-cent 1932 Winter Olympic Games stamp was issued January 25, 1932. (Scott 716)

United States Master Collection, Scott 718

The 3-cent 1932 Summer Olympic Games stamp was issued June 15, 1932. (Scott 718)