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01 November 2006
19/2006
Commemorative Issue

50 Years On - The Melbourne Olympics

Australia
During the 1950s, Melbourne was Australia's fastest-growing city. After the hardship and privations of the war years, this period was characterised by the materialism, optimism and innovations of postwar modernity and influenced by the ideas and aesthetics brought to Australia by immigrants leaving war-torn Europe. The Games were the catalyst for Australia's adoption of television, and screening rights caused controversy in the lead up to the Games.

This issue comprises four stamps, designed as two se-tenant pairs. By linking the original 1956 stamps with contemporary photographs of Melbourne's Yarra River and Collins Street, this commemorative issue marks the passage of time while celebrating the heritage of the host city and the Olympic Games.

 

 

 

 

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2006-11-01
FDI Withdrawal Date: 2006-11-26
Denominations: Two x 50c, two x $1.00
Designer: Lynda Warner
Printer: SEP Sprint
Paper: Tullis Russell
Printing Process: 37.5mm x 26mm
Size: 13.86 x 14.6
Performations: Lithography
Sheet Layout: 50
National Postmark: GPO Melbourne VIC 3000
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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