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US #2553-57
1991 Summer Olympics

  • Set of 5 featuring Track and Field events
  • Commemorates 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain
  • First US stamps designed on a personal computer

Category of Stamp:  Commemorative
Value: 
29¢, First Class Mail rate
First Day of Issue: 
July 12, 1991
First Day City: 
Los Angeles, California
Quantity Issued: 
34,005,120
Printed by: 
American Bank Note Company
Printing Method:
Photogravure
Format: 
Panes of 40 (5 across, 8 down)
Perforations: 
11

Reason the stamp was issued:  These stamps were issued in anticipation of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games held in Barcelona, Spain.  The US Postal Service was an official sponsor of the games.

About the stamp design:  The stamp picture five different track and field events that take place during the Olympics.  These include pole vault, javelin throw, sprint race, hurdle race, and discus throw.  They don’t feature specific athletes.  The Summer Olympic stamps are the first US stamps designed on a personal computer.  Joni Carter was the artist behind these stamps.  She programed videos of athletes into her computer and used individual frames as the basis for her paintings.  This was advanced technology at the time.

Special design details:  Carter was able to make changes to her designs far more easily than changing a traditional painting.  The Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee asked her to change the sex of some of the athletes and add small details such as stripes on athletes’ jerseys.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue ceremony took place during the Olympic Festival in Los Angeles at the stadium of the University of California.  Past Olympians spoke during the ceremony.

History the stamp represents:  The 1992 Summer Olympics were held in Barcelona, Spain, from July 31 to August 9.  There were 43 track and field events.  The US took hold the most medals and the most gold medals.

1991 29¢ Flag with Olympic Rings
US #2528 was the first US definitive stamp to picture the Olympic logo.

On July 25, 1992, the opening ceremonies marked the start of the Games of the XXV Olympiad in Barcelona, Spain.  These games included many firsts, lasts, and records…

This year - 1992 - was the last year the Summer and Winter Olympics occurred in the same year.  After that, the winter games were held two years after the summer event.  This Olympics also marked the first time since 1972 that no nations boycotted the games for political reasons.

1991 29¢ Flag with Olympic Rings Colorano Silk Cachet First Day Cover
US #2528 – Colorano Silk Cachet First Day Cover

The games officially began on July 25, 1992.  During the festive ceremonies, Greek singer Agnes Baltsa sang "Romiossini" and Alfredo Kraus sang the Olympic Hymn.  Paralympic archer Antonio Rebollo lit the Olympic flame cauldron with a flaming arrow.  Aiming over the cauldron, the arrow ignited the gas emanating from cauldron and landed safely outside the stadium.  Freddie Mercury, frontman of the band Queen, wrote one of the main musical themes for the games, "Barcelona," though he died eight months before the games.

1990 25¢ Olympians
US #2496-2500 – The USPS issued these stamps in 1990 to promote the 1992 games and honor past gold medal winners.

In all, 169 national teams participated in the 1992 Summer Olympics with a total of 9,356 athletes (6,652 men and 2,704 women).  These were the first Olympics since the fall of the Soviet Union and reunification of Germany.  Germany competed as a single team for the first time in 32 years.  While the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania competed as their own teams for the first time since 1936, the 12 other former Soviet nations competed as part of the Unified Team.  The Unified Team won the most gold and silver medals at 45 and 38 respectively, and the most overall at 112.  The United States was close behind with 108 overall.  This year also marked the first time South Africa was allowed to compete since 1960, when the country was banned because of apartheid.

1990 25¢ Olympians Classic First Day Cover
US #2496-2500 – Classic First Day Cover

One of the major highlights of the games was America's "Dream Team" of gold-medal winning basketball players.  It was the first time NBA players were allowed to compete, and stars like Michael Jordan and Larry Bird shone on the courts.  Among the personal successes were the six gold medals (four in one day) won by Vitaly Scherbo in men's gymnastics.  Scherbo, from Belarus and competing for the Russian Unified Team, won five golds in individual events, and one for the team event.

1991 29¢ Summer Olympics
US #2553-57 - Issued in 1991 to promote the Barcelona games, these were the first US stamps designed entirely on a computer.

Also, 13-year-old Fu Mingxia of China won the gold medal in the high dive - making her one of the youngest Olympic gold medalists in history.  In 1991, she had won the gold in the same event at the World Swimming Championships - at age 12, making her the youngest person to ever win a world title in any sport.  Fu went on to win gold medals in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, as well.  Also in the pool, 14-year-old Japanese athlete Kyoko Iwasaki became the youngest swimmer to win gold when she won the 200 meter breaststroke.

1991 29¢ Summer Olympics Classic First Day Cover
US #2553-57 – Classic First Day Cover

American runner Evelyn Ashford became one of just six female athletes to win four Olympic gold medals in track and field.  Fermi­n Cacho was the host country's hero, winning their first-ever gold medal in a running event for the 1,500 meter race.

 1992 29¢ Summer Olympics
US #2637-41 were issued in June 1992 to promote the games.

The games consisted of 286 events in 32 sports, with several sports making their debuts.  Baseball became an official Olympic sport in 1992, after being demonstrated in six prior Olympics.  Badminton and women's judo were added to the competition and slalom canoeing was added to the games after a 20-year absence.  In addition, roller hockey, Basque pelota, and taekwondo were added as demonstration sports.

1992 29¢ Summer Olympics Fleetwood Plate Block First Day Cover
US #2637-41 – Fleetwood Plate Block First Day Cover

The games officially closed on August 9, 1992.  The games had a positive overall effect on Barcelona, bringing in billions of dollars of infrastructure improvements.  The games also brought international focus to the city, which became one of the most visited in Europe after Paris, London, and Rome.

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US #2553-57
1991 Summer Olympics

  • Set of 5 featuring Track and Field events
  • Commemorates 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain
  • First US stamps designed on a personal computer

Category of Stamp:  Commemorative
Value: 
29¢, First Class Mail rate
First Day of Issue: 
July 12, 1991
First Day City: 
Los Angeles, California
Quantity Issued: 
34,005,120
Printed by: 
American Bank Note Company
Printing Method:
Photogravure
Format: 
Panes of 40 (5 across, 8 down)
Perforations: 
11

Reason the stamp was issued:  These stamps were issued in anticipation of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games held in Barcelona, Spain.  The US Postal Service was an official sponsor of the games.

About the stamp design:  The stamp picture five different track and field events that take place during the Olympics.  These include pole vault, javelin throw, sprint race, hurdle race, and discus throw.  They don’t feature specific athletes.  The Summer Olympic stamps are the first US stamps designed on a personal computer.  Joni Carter was the artist behind these stamps.  She programed videos of athletes into her computer and used individual frames as the basis for her paintings.  This was advanced technology at the time.

Special design details:  Carter was able to make changes to her designs far more easily than changing a traditional painting.  The Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee asked her to change the sex of some of the athletes and add small details such as stripes on athletes’ jerseys.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue ceremony took place during the Olympic Festival in Los Angeles at the stadium of the University of California.  Past Olympians spoke during the ceremony.

History the stamp represents:  The 1992 Summer Olympics were held in Barcelona, Spain, from July 31 to August 9.  There were 43 track and field events.  The US took hold the most medals and the most gold medals.

1991 29¢ Flag with Olympic Rings
US #2528 was the first US definitive stamp to picture the Olympic logo.

On July 25, 1992, the opening ceremonies marked the start of the Games of the XXV Olympiad in Barcelona, Spain.  These games included many firsts, lasts, and records…

This year - 1992 - was the last year the Summer and Winter Olympics occurred in the same year.  After that, the winter games were held two years after the summer event.  This Olympics also marked the first time since 1972 that no nations boycotted the games for political reasons.

1991 29¢ Flag with Olympic Rings Colorano Silk Cachet First Day Cover
US #2528 – Colorano Silk Cachet First Day Cover

The games officially began on July 25, 1992.  During the festive ceremonies, Greek singer Agnes Baltsa sang "Romiossini" and Alfredo Kraus sang the Olympic Hymn.  Paralympic archer Antonio Rebollo lit the Olympic flame cauldron with a flaming arrow.  Aiming over the cauldron, the arrow ignited the gas emanating from cauldron and landed safely outside the stadium.  Freddie Mercury, frontman of the band Queen, wrote one of the main musical themes for the games, "Barcelona," though he died eight months before the games.

1990 25¢ Olympians
US #2496-2500 – The USPS issued these stamps in 1990 to promote the 1992 games and honor past gold medal winners.

In all, 169 national teams participated in the 1992 Summer Olympics with a total of 9,356 athletes (6,652 men and 2,704 women).  These were the first Olympics since the fall of the Soviet Union and reunification of Germany.  Germany competed as a single team for the first time in 32 years.  While the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania competed as their own teams for the first time since 1936, the 12 other former Soviet nations competed as part of the Unified Team.  The Unified Team won the most gold and silver medals at 45 and 38 respectively, and the most overall at 112.  The United States was close behind with 108 overall.  This year also marked the first time South Africa was allowed to compete since 1960, when the country was banned because of apartheid.

1990 25¢ Olympians Classic First Day Cover
US #2496-2500 – Classic First Day Cover

One of the major highlights of the games was America's "Dream Team" of gold-medal winning basketball players.  It was the first time NBA players were allowed to compete, and stars like Michael Jordan and Larry Bird shone on the courts.  Among the personal successes were the six gold medals (four in one day) won by Vitaly Scherbo in men's gymnastics.  Scherbo, from Belarus and competing for the Russian Unified Team, won five golds in individual events, and one for the team event.

1991 29¢ Summer Olympics
US #2553-57 - Issued in 1991 to promote the Barcelona games, these were the first US stamps designed entirely on a computer.

Also, 13-year-old Fu Mingxia of China won the gold medal in the high dive - making her one of the youngest Olympic gold medalists in history.  In 1991, she had won the gold in the same event at the World Swimming Championships - at age 12, making her the youngest person to ever win a world title in any sport.  Fu went on to win gold medals in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, as well.  Also in the pool, 14-year-old Japanese athlete Kyoko Iwasaki became the youngest swimmer to win gold when she won the 200 meter breaststroke.

1991 29¢ Summer Olympics Classic First Day Cover
US #2553-57 – Classic First Day Cover

American runner Evelyn Ashford became one of just six female athletes to win four Olympic gold medals in track and field.  Fermi­n Cacho was the host country's hero, winning their first-ever gold medal in a running event for the 1,500 meter race.

 1992 29¢ Summer Olympics
US #2637-41 were issued in June 1992 to promote the games.

The games consisted of 286 events in 32 sports, with several sports making their debuts.  Baseball became an official Olympic sport in 1992, after being demonstrated in six prior Olympics.  Badminton and women's judo were added to the competition and slalom canoeing was added to the games after a 20-year absence.  In addition, roller hockey, Basque pelota, and taekwondo were added as demonstration sports.

1992 29¢ Summer Olympics Fleetwood Plate Block First Day Cover
US #2637-41 – Fleetwood Plate Block First Day Cover

The games officially closed on August 9, 1992.  The games had a positive overall effect on Barcelona, bringing in billions of dollars of infrastructure improvements.  The games also brought international focus to the city, which became one of the most visited in Europe after Paris, London, and Rome.