Friends of Rowing History
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:
Covers are envelopes with a special image, designation, and/or description about rowing and printed stationery likewise.
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.
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.
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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