|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.