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This Day in Georgia History

July 19, 1996

Olympic Stamp Issued

To mark the centennial of the modern Olympic games, the U.S. Postal Service issued a souvenir sheet consisting of 20 copies of a commemorative stamp featuring the classic Discobolus statue with first day of issue ceremonies at OLYMPHILEX ‘96 in Atlanta, Georgia. Postal administrations from numerous nations were represented at OLYMPHILEX 96, and many chose to release stamps commemorating the 1996 Olympics during the 17-day event. Each postal administration had a booth with postal employees who could sell and cancel that country’s stamps. On July 19, the opening day of the Olympics, the United Nations joined the United States in issuing new Olympic stamps. The U.N. chose at its theme, “Sports and the Environment” and hired famous sports artist LeRoy Neiman to design six stamps, two denominated in U.S. cents for use at the U.N.’s New York headquarters, two denominated in Swiss francs for the U.N.’s offices in Geneva, and two denominated in Austrian schillings for use in the U.N.’s offices in Vienna. Each set of two stamps was also printed on a small souvenir sheet. First day of issue ceremonies for the six stamps and three souvenir sheets were held at OLYMPHILEX on July 19, and the stamps and cancellations were available throughout the show.

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Source: Collection of Ed Jackson