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Many countries have honoured the
International Olympic Flag on their postage stamps. Apparently, the rings on
the flag look so simple and easy to draw
but the correct depictions of the rings may not be as simple or innocent as it
international Olympic Committee (IOC), has the copyright of the symbolic rings,
charges of their use on stamps and elsewhere, and insists on their correct
representation. But Oliver Andrew finds out, vide, Gibbons Stamp Monthly (August
2007, page 93) the number of stamps
showing them wrongly is still quite large. …”.
Taking the eight intersections from left to right,
the first should have the Blue
ring going under the Yellow,
then, alternately , to the eighth where the Green ring goes under the Red. Note:
that the three central rings (Yellow, Black and Green) have 4 (four) intersections each, while the
two outer rings (Blue
and Red) have only 2 (two) intersections each.
How tricky this is for the designers can be seen from
the fact that the rings are depicted correctlyon one the Poster of London Olympic-1948,
and wrongly on another Poster. Interlinked Rings are placed in a straight line (!) on this stamp from Great Britain.
A glaring mistake committed by the Australian
designer designer/s in depicting correctly the rings on the flag in this stamp.
Examples are numerous. Oliver Andrew points out that
the Olympic Rings are depicted correctly on Egypt, SG-1847, wrongly on SG-1991,
and correctly again on SG 363. Nigeria
has them wrongly on SG 759 and correctly on SG 813.
Interlocking symbol of our interdependence must be shown correctly,
not too loosely as it is on Belgium, or wrongly, as on San Marino and Yemen as
also on the Qantas Olympic Torch Flight Cover (1956) Athens to Australia.
colours, which symbolize the five continents, may not be changed,
as they have been on Italy, where the central ring, is shown as gray.
Rings should not
be merged into a single multi-coloured ring as they have been on Morocco. The Red ring on the top corner appears to fly upward on this Winter Olympic stamps from Bulgaria.
The New Official
Olympic Flag being used since XXIVthOlympiad, Seoul 1988.
Rio De Janeiro welcomes Olympic flag
Brazil’s Rio will be the first South American city
to host the Olympics in 2016..