Friday, December 16, 2005

Hockey Stamps

According to, one of the largest collections of hockey stamps in the world is housed at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada.

The stamp exhibit features the first sports stamp ever printed, by Greece in 1896, and more than 200 hockey themed stamps.

The article quotes Phil Pritchard, who works for the Hall of Fame as saying, “The first hockey-themed stamp that I know of was issued in 1948 by the country of Switzerland... and came out quite a number of years before Canada’s first hockey-themed stamp, which appeared in 1956.”

The collection includes stamps from the Soviet Union, the former Czechoslovakia, Nigeria, St. Vincent, Rwanda, Yemen, Mongolia, Belize and from throughout Northern Europe.

Even the United States, which doesn't make a practice of featuring living athletes on stamps, has issued a handful of hockey-themed stamps for the Olympics.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 PM