Staats-Wappen und Flaggen (Unter dem Olympia-Banner)
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Album information :
- Issued by : Aurelia, Dresden, Germany
- Date of issue : 1936
- Number of stamps/cards : 350 in 2 albums (200/150)
- Image variants : many, nearly all images were at least once reprinted with different front decoration and back text.
In 1936 the Sultan Zigarettenfabrik Aurelia in Dresden (Germany) issued an album for the upcoming Olympic Games of Berlin in 1936 with the arms and flags of the participating countries. However, during the printing process of the stamps, two more countries (Costa Rica and Panama) joined the Olympic Games. As the stamps were already printed and numbered, the numbering of the albums was changed. Costar Rica (101, 102) was no placed between 22 and 23, Panama (103 and 104) was placed after 72. Afterwards it was decided to add the arms and flags of non-participating countries, which were added after the participating countries, starting with nr 105. The total number of stamps in this album was 200. There is a short introductory texts and a worldmap at the end of the album.
In the same year the company started with a second album, with the title Wappen und Flaggen, as the arms included only arms of cities. The album started with nr 201 and 9 Olympic-related items, such as the medals. These were followed by 31 banners of the German army at the time. These were numbered 210-240, but 238-240 were placed between 208 and 211 (210 was between 211 and 212...). The rest of the album consisted of arms of cities, first the cities that had hosted the Olympic games prior to 1936, and after that the arms of German cities. Finally the arms of Tokio (Olympic Games 1940) was added at the end. The stamps are all sequentially numbered up to 480, with a lot of missing numbers. Most likely it was decided to change the structure of the album. Most numbers on the back of the stamps were cancelled. The German city arms were also no longer numbered in the album, but sorted based on the number of inhabitants, starting with Berlin (4.243.000 inhabitants).
The same first album was published by Adria cigarettes.
Example of a page in the album: