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# 2556 - 1991 29c Summer Olympics: Javelin

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US #2556
1991 Javelin Throw

  • Part of 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
Set:
1992 Summer Olympics
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:  The Track and Field 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 stamps 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.  The background colors reflect the five colors of the Olympic rings.

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.

About the 1992 Summer Olympic Set:  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 home the most medals and the most gold medals.

History the stamp represents: During the javelin throw, the athlete throws a spear for distance.  It was part of the pentathlon competition during the Ancient Olympic Games.  The sport was introduced into the modern Games in 1906.  Athletes in early competitions had to throw the javelin with the left and right hand separately, and the distances were added together.  Later, events involved the use of only the dominant hand.  Women’s javelin throwing was added to the Olympics in 1932.  During the 1992 Summer Games, Jan Zelezny of Czechoslovakia was the gold medal winner, while Germany’s Silke Renk took home the gold in the women’s competition.

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US #2556
1991 Javelin Throw

  • Part of 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
Set:
1992 Summer Olympics
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:  The Track and Field 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 stamps 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.  The background colors reflect the five colors of the Olympic rings.

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.

About the 1992 Summer Olympic Set:  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 home the most medals and the most gold medals.

History the stamp represents: During the javelin throw, the athlete throws a spear for distance.  It was part of the pentathlon competition during the Ancient Olympic Games.  The sport was introduced into the modern Games in 1906.  Athletes in early competitions had to throw the javelin with the left and right hand separately, and the distances were added together.  Later, events involved the use of only the dominant hand.  Women’s javelin throwing was added to the Olympics in 1932.  During the 1992 Summer Games, Jan Zelezny of Czechoslovakia was the gold medal winner, while Germany’s Silke Renk took home the gold in the women’s competition.