1932 3¢ Runner at Starting Mark
Summer Olympic Games
Issue Date: June 15, 1932
City: Los Angeles, CA
Quantity Issued: 168,885,300
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforations: 11 X 10½
This stamp was issued in honor of the 1932 Summer Olympic Games. It release was delayed because the first class rate was scheduled to be changed. The increase to 3¢ was signed into law on June 6, and #718 was released the following week. There was large demand for this stamp, so they were on sale for just a short time.
1932 Summer Olympic Games
The 1932 Summer Olympic Games were held in Los Angeles. Although the worldwide Great Depression prevented many nations from participating, 37 countries fielded Olympic teams.
A total of 1,408 athletes competed in 116 events. The United States dominated the events and won a total of 103 medals. Italy placed second with 36, followed by Finland with 25 medals.
The Games were notable for a number of “firsts.” An Olympic Village was erected for the first time to accommodate athletes participating in the 1932 Summer Olympic Games. U.S. President didn’t attend the Games, becoming the first sitting head of government to not appear at an Olympics hosted in that country. And it was the first time a victory podium was used.
Interestingly, the 1932 Summer Games were the only time Japan won a gold medal in the equestrian show jumping individual event. Takeichi Nishi – now known to history as Baron Nishi – was the gold medalist with his horse Uranus. Nishi died in 1945 as an officer defending the island of Iwo Jima and is the main character in the Clint Eastwood film, Letters from Iwo Jima.