|Special Stamps 1956
The first postage stamp featuring the Games (of
two shillings denomination)
was issued on 1st November, 1954. Its design was based on the Olympic
and was printed in blue. This design was used again twelve months later
but was then printed in green. The total distributed was 7,140,320.
From 31st October, 1956, Olympic stamps of other
on sale ;
119,309,880 of the 4d. series, 4,602,000 of the 7½d. and 7,500,000
each of the 1s. and 2s. stamps were printed.
The 4d. design, showing the armorial crest of the
City of Melbourne
and the 7½d. showing the Olympic torch and the Southern Cross, were
designed and printed by the Commonwealth Bank Note Printing Branch. The
1s. and 2s. stamps, depicting Melbourne scenes, were produced in London
and Switzerland respectively by multi-colour photogravure process from
colour photograph designs.
On 12th November, 1956, a commemorative aerogramme
was issued, of which
4,377,789 were printed. Fifty-two pictorial hand postmarkers
sports or venues were provided at Olympic post offices and Philatelic
report 1956, page 162)