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This Day in Georgia History

May 02, 1996

Atlanta Olympic Stamps Issued

The U.S. Postal Service issued a new set of 20 Atlanta 1996 Olympics stamps. Official first day of issue ceremonies were held in Washington, D.C. As a concession to the host city of the 1996 Summer Olympics, the Postal Service also allowed the sheet of Olympic stamps to be sold on May 2 at one Atlanta post office - the downtown Peachtree Center postal station. At the station, clerks cancelled envelopes bearing the new stamp with a hand cancel using red ink - thus providing a rare unofficial first day cancellation.