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Postage Stamps
Bill Miller

    
Mahra, S Arabia 1968             Ajman 1972                  Albania 1963

     
Cuba 1962                              Japan 1962                            Poland 1964

   

Collecting topicals (stamps with a single topic theme) is popular. Examples of topics collected may be birds, ships, Olympics, etc. Our interest is rowing. There's been a large number of rowing stamps issued by various countries. Some images are commemorative such as Olympic rowing, World Rowing Championships, and championship crews/scullers while some are part of a collection of sports. Olympic years always produce some new issues.

The question is, what images should be deemed rowing images? Some issues are multi-sport. How significant an image should there be and still be included in the class? The Cyprus (Greece) stamp for the 1976 Olympics has a very small image of rowing. If it can be easily identified as a rowing image, then let's include it. Many sports stamps such as Olympic issues have a series of sports pictograms illustrated on them. If we include these fringe rowing issues, there are well over 300 rowing stamps in the class from the first in 1925 until today. In each Olympic year another ten or twelve stamps are issued while in the off years a few are produced. Usually the host country of the World Championships and/or Olympic Games will issue a stamp.

It is a bit surprising that the countries that have the longest association with rowing are the ones with the fewest issues. Great Britain has only issued one rowing stamp (commemorating the 1986 Commonwealth Games), nothing from hosting two Olympics, nor the famous annual Henley Royal Regatta, nor the traditional Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race. The United States, Australia and New Zealand have three each while Argentina, Cuba and Canada have four. Nicaragua has eleven, most of which are in a set and Germany (East and West) has thirteen. Yugoslavia totals fourteen which includes the 1935 set of five. Romania has the greatest number with nineteen (as of 2002).

Souvenir sheets (ss or s/s) are collector's issues that have an enhanced/expanded image such as the Russian issue shown here. The souvenir sheets were usually issued as an individual stamp as well.

Another collectors specialty is First Day Covers (FDC). FDCs were usually commercially printed and postally cancelled with a special cancellation mark noting First Day of Issue and the date. Here is a very special issue with the silk cachet of Ned Hanlan.

Other terms and abbreviations that you may see are:
           MNH - mint, never hinged (condition of stamp)
           CTO - cancelled to order (cancellation mark)
           imperf. - a printed stamp without the perforations

                          

Covers are envelopes with a special image, designation, and/or description about rowing and printed stationery likewise.


Russian (USSR) covers

Hungary-1989                                         Romania-1984                                Romania-1999

The Russian cover just above and the German cover just below have rowing cancellations or postmarks. This could be another collecting sub-category.

A sheetlet is a sheet of stamps with multiple images.

Maybe you'll see something described as local post. A local post is a mail service that operates only within a limited geographical area, typically a city or a single transportation route. Historically, some local posts have been operated by governments, while others, known as private local posts have been for-profit companies. (see Netherlands 1988)

There's a very good web page with a philatelic glossary.
        Visit www.arpinphilately.com/en/lexique/lexique.html

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There are a few popular stamp catalogue publishers. Scott is a favorite of many American collectors. Most libraries stock the catalogues in their reference sections. Another system used more by European collectors is the Michel catalogue numbers. There is no correlation between these systems.

Rafael Monteavaro Garcia (Spain) produced an English-Spanish catalogue of rowing postal stamps through 1997. It has images of most stamps and a directory by country as well. Well worth obtaining.

A Collection

The following is a listing of rowing topical images that a few collectors (Bill Miller, Kerry Ahearn and Helmut Mensch) have submitted for the site.

Thanks to Kerry Ahearn and Helmut Mensch for all their help and expertise.

Note: The Scott numbers correspond to the Scott catalogue numbering system, however, there have been some irregularities and occasional mis-numberings. A few Scott entries were listed as rowing but were canoeing or kayaking and others the opposite. Also, some stamps are un-catalogued. Please, use these numbers as a guide for there may be errors/inaccuracies.

 

Country              Issue Year           Event                                        Issue value  Scott #

Aden		1968	MAHRA STATE-French Champ	10ehs	
			
Afghanistan	2001	Impressionists-Seurat(sculler)	100.000
		2001	    	      "         svnr sheet	100.000
		2001	Impressionists-Seurat(coxed-four)10.000
		2001               "         svnr sheet	10.000
			 
		 
Ajman State	1969	Mexico Olympics-Basketball w/pictograms
		1971	Philatokyo			35D	
		1972	Munich Olympics			1R
			
			
			
Albania		1963	European Championships		8l	690
		1964	Tokyo Olympics			9l	763
		1997	Bari Mediterranean Games	30l			
			  
Algeria		1980	Moscow Olympics (multi-sport)	1.40d	643
			
Angola		1962	Sports-Rowing			1.00	434
		2000	Sports Records-Redgrave	KZ 	15.00
			 
Antigua-Barbuda	1995	Atlanta Olympics (US8)		$6	1898
Antigua-Redonda	1984	LA Olympics			$2.50	
			 
Argentina	(un-issued 1951 Pan American Games	2p)
		1959	3rd Pan Am Games		2+1p	CB15/B64
		1984	Los Angeles Olympics		5p	1467-70
		1987	10th Pan Am Games		30c	1600
		1996	Atlanta Olympics		1 $	1928
			
			 
			 
Australia	1972	Munich Olympics			7c	529
		1990	World Championships (not a stamp)43c
		2000	Sydney Olympics			45c
		2000	Sydney Olympics			50c	
		2004	Rowing Men's Pair		50c
		2004	Australia's Gold Medalists (ss)
			 
			 
			
			(printed envelope, not a stamp
			

Austria		1991	World Championship-Vienna	5s	1544
			
Barbuda		1969	3rd Scouts Caribbean Jamboree	75
		1996	Atlanta Olympics (ss)		6d
			
			
			This is the same as the Antigua issue except
			it has Barbuda overprinted diagonally.
Barbados	1969	50th Boy Scouts Assoc.		25 CTS
		1969	50th Boy Scouts Assoc. souv-sheet
			
			
Belarus		2004 Athens Olympics svnr.sheet
			
Belgium		1987	100th Anniversary		9fr	1276
		2001	Berghe painting		
			 
Benin, Republic	1980	Moscow Olympics w/pictograms	200F
		1980	Moscow Olympics w/pictograms	300F
		2006	Beijing Olympics		1000F
			 
			
Bolivia		1980	Sports (svnr sheet w/pictograms)
			
Brazil		1980	Olympic Games			4.00	1702
		1991	Olympic rings			36.00Cr$2307
		1994	Cent. Olympic Committee	(tax stamp)
		1995	Botafogo Soccer & Regatta Club, 1884-1994
		2000	Atlantic Crossing		1,00	
		2000	Olympics-Remo			R$0,40
			 
			 
			 
Bulgaria	1968	Olympic Games			20+10	B33
		1976	Montreal Olympics		25	2355
		1996	Olympic Games			25l	
		2007	sculler				.10
			  
			
Burkina Faso (Rep. De Haute-Volta)
		1976	Montreal Olympics		500f	C233
		1976	Montreal Olympics (w/pictograms)500f
			
			
Canada		1975	Montreal Olympics		10 +5c	B2
			(+ special gummed issue)
		1980	Ned Hanlan, 1855-1908		17	862
		1982	Royal Canadian Henley		30	968
		1999	World Champ-St. Catharine's	46	1805
		2007	Ottawa 150th svnr sheet		1.55	
			 
			 
			
			
Central Africa, Republic
		1972	1900 Paris Olympics		40f	C106
		1979	Moscow Olympics			80f
		1984	LA Olympics w/pictograms
			 
			
Chad, Republic	1969	Mexico Olympics (ITA 2w) 	1f	184
		1973	Munich Olympics (GER 2x)	50f	287
		1984	LA Olympics			500f	(C275?)
		1984	(Olympics)			400f	(C274?)
			 
			 
Chile		2002	Valdivia			$260
			
China-Hong Kong	1999	13th Asian Games	svnr sheet
		2000	Sidney Olympics			3.10	
			
			
China-Peoples Republic
		1959	1st National Games		8f	474
		2005	Asian Games-Macau (Race Course) 1.50ptcs
		2006	2008 Rowing Mascot label	80
		2006	2008 Olympics w/pictograms around border
			(series of different sports centered)
			 
			
			
China-Republic of (Taiwan)
		2003					5
			
Colombia	1971	Cali Pan Am Games		$1,30	
			
Comoro Islands	1979	Intern'l Children's Year	400fr	
		1988	Barcelona Olympics (2x)		100fr	665
		1988	Barcelona Olympics svnr sheet
		1988	Barcelona Olympics/Spain svnr sheet
			 
			
Congo, Republic	2004	(rowing 2004)			500F
			
Cook Islands	1992	Barcelona Olympics (svnr sheet w/pictograms)
			
Croatia		1994	Homage to Olympics			
		1995	Natl. Olympic Committee		0,50	RA55
		1999	2nd World Military Games 	2.30	403
			 
Cuba		1962	INDER Remos			3c	726
		1964	Tokyo Olympics			2c	853
		1964	Tokyo Olympics			13c	
		1990	Pan American Games		5c	3277
		 
		 
Cyprus		  ?	Montreal Olympics-multi sports	60	
		
Czechoslovakia	1959	(rower)				160k	901
		1960	Olympic Games			2k	969
		1961	Europeans Championships		40h	1025
		1964	1960 Olympics			1.20k	1261
		1965	1960 Olympics			160k	1301
		1984	Olympic Games			3k	2529
		1984	Olympic Games - svnr. sheet
		1993	World Championships-Racine 	3k	2901
		2000	Sydney Olympics			13K	
		  
		 
		 
		 
		
Denmark		1987	World Rowing Championships	3.80	842
			
Dhufar/Sudan		1984	LA Olympics			5B	
			
Djibouti	2005	Beijing Olympics, svnr sheet
			
Dominica	1976	Montreal Olympics		1/2c	478
		1990	Barcelona Olympics		$5	
		1996	Atlanta Olympics (JB Kelly)	90c	
		 
		
Egypt 		1960	Olympic Games (UAR)		10	509
	 	1972	3rd Nile Rowing Festival 	20m	931
	 	1996	Rowing Festival			15p	1627
		1996	Cent. Olympic Games-Atlanta(ss)	1L
		2007	Arab Games souvnr sheet (pictogram)
		  
		 
Equatorial Guinea, Republic
		1972	Munich Olympics			15g	72104-72116?
		1972	Munich Olympics			50g	72104-72116?
		1972	Munich Olympics	(svnr sheet)	200+25	72104-72116?
		1975	Montreal Olympics (w/pictograms)
		1976	Montreal Olympics		0.50g	7632-7646?
		1976	Montreal Olympics		300	7632-7646?
		1978	1980 Olympics			10e	7840-7848
			  
			
			  
Faeroe Islands	1989	Island Sports Games		200o	196
			
Finland		1981	Boat Church Races		1,10	
		1996	Atlanta Olympics		3.40m	1077
			
France		1953	Aviron				50f	704
		1981	Vichy				1.40	
		1997	World Championships		3.00	2606
		2004	Athens Olympics svnr sheet (faint rowing image)
			   
			 
Fujeira		1971	Munich Olympics			60 DH	
		1972	Munich Olympics			16d	
			 
Gabon, Republic	1980	Moscow Olympics w/rowing graphic
			
Gambia		1992	Barcelona Olympics		20b	1266
		1995	Atlanta Olympics		15d	1652
			 
Germany		proof	sheetlet & 2 singles		60+30 not issued
		1936	Olympics			25+15	B88
		1976	Jurgen Olympia			40+20	B527
		1976	Montreal Olympics		70+35	B532b
		1981	Bonn Fur Den Sport		60+30	B587
		1992	1992 Olympic Games		80+40	B725
		1998	Cologne Rowing Champ		110+50	B829
		2004	DEBEX(withdrawn)		49
		2004	DEBEX(withdrawn)svnr sheet	87
		2004	DEBEX(withdrawn)		49
		2004	DEBEX(withdrawn)mini sheet	49
		2005	DEBEX(privately issued)		49
		2005	DEBEX	    "	svnr sheet	87
			
			    
			                 (proofs)
			 
			 
			    

	2004 (withdrawn) 
	2004 (withdrawn)
	2004 (withdrawn)

			 
Germany (DDR)	1968	Wmn's Europeans-Berlin		20	1013
		1968	Mexico Olympics			70	1046
		1972	Olympiad			25+10	B167
		1976	Regatta Course			25	1724
		1980	Olympiad			50	2099
		1988	Olympics			25	2693
		1984	LA Olympics (rare/withdrawn but some issued)
			 
			 
			 
			 1984 (withdrawn)
Gibraltar	1984	Sports				26p	463
		1999	100 Years Of Rowing		42p	
			 
Great Britain	1986	Commonwealth Games		22p	1150
		2004	S Redgrave (private issue valid for postage)
			S Redgrave (svnr sheet)
			 
			
Greece		1983	Winter-Summer Sports		15d	1454
		2003	Olympic rowing (a & b)		0.47 E
		2004	Athens Olympics Winners		0.65 E
		2005	120th birthday of rowing club	4.00 E
			 
			
			
Grenada		1975	Pan Am Games			1/2c	668
		1976	Montreal Olympics		2c	733
		1977	Easter Water Parade		2c	
		1979	5th Anniv. Independence		22c	
		2007	Beijing Olympic Games		$3
			
			 
			 
			
Grenada Grenadines
		1976	Montreal Olympics		2$	195
	 	1981	Thomas Eakins			90c
		1981	George Seurat			25c
		1984	Salute to Australia		$5.00
			  
			
Guernsey	1983	100th Boys Brigade		8p
			
Guinea		2003	George Seurat svnr sheet	500F
			
Guyana		2000	Sydney Olympics	svnr sheet	$1.60	
			
Honduras	1988	Soel Olympics svnr sheet	4.00 L
				
Hungary		1925	Sports Societies		400k	
		1970	Wmn. Europeans			1ft	2034
		1976	(youth sports)			1ft
		1988	Seoul - Olympian Jatekok 	2ft	3123
		1993	Hungarian Rowing Assoc.		17f	3384
			  
			 
India		1982	9th Asian Games			2.85r	999
			
Indonesia	1992	Barcelona Olympics		300
			
Isle of Man	2004	Athens Olympics (Sydney image)	91
			
Italy		1982	World Jr. Championships		200	1524
			
Ivory Coast		2005	2008 Olympics (svnr sheet)	
			2006	2008 Olympics (svnr sheet) 	1000F
			 
Japan		1961	16th Nat'l Athletic Meet 	5	737
		1962	Olympic Games			5+5	B20
		1971	rower (printed post card)	7	none
			  
							printed post card
Jersey		1996	Olympic Centenary		19p	755
			
Kazakhstan	2004	Athens Olympics-svnr sheet (peripheral rowing image)
			
Korea (N)	1961	Sports Day			10ch
		1976	Montreal Olympics
			(lower left poster has pictogram of rowing)
		1978	History Olympics-Winners 	20ch
		1980	Moscow Olympic Winners		70ch
		1980	Olympic Winners (svnr sheet w/pictograms)
		1983	LA Olympics (svnr sheet w/pictograms)80ch
			 
			
			
			
			
Korea (S)	1964	Tokyo Olympics			4.00	452
			(same as above - souvenir sheet)
		1974	National Games			30	913
		1985	1988 Olympics			70+30	B22
		  
			
Kyrgyzstan	2000	Sydney Olympic Winners		20c
		2002	V Olympiad			7.00
			 
Liberia		1960	17th Olympic Games		10c	390
			
Lithuania	2000	Sydney Olympic Medalists (rowing medal)
			
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