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Postcard 1956 7th Winter Olympics - Cortina d'Ampezzo

Postcard 1956 7th Winter Olympics - Cortina d'Ampezzo
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This postcard would be a very nice addition to an Olympic memorabilia collection. It is a nice glossy, black and white postcard from the 7th Winter Games Olympics which were held between January 26, 1955, and February 5, 1956. The games were held in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy.

The front of the card says "Stadio Olimpico Del Ghiaccio - Cortina - 1224."

Some interesting facts about the 1956 games:

(1.) Thirty-two countries participated. There were 820 athletes, 132 of them were women.

(2.) There were only four sports with 24 events.

(3.) The opening was by President Giovanni Grochi.

(4.) The torch was lite by Guido Caroli, Figure Skating.

(5.) This was the first Winter Olympic attended by the Soviet Union. They won 7 of the 24 events.

(6.) The United States only won two gold medals - both in Figure Skating. Hayes Jenkins won the men's competition. Tenley Albright won the ladies" competition.

The postcard is in very good condition. The upper right edge has a slight fracture about two inches long. There is slight wear to the lower edge, as well. The card has a slanted scratch just to the left of the center skater, but can only be seen if the card is turned in the light.

The card is mailed from Italy via Air Mail to Tulsa, Oklahoma. The postmark cannot be read, but oddly the stamp over the larger blue and white stamp appears to be 1966. The stamp itself also has a 1966 date on it. So, someone waited 10 years to mail this postcard or the gift shop had them left over after the games for a very long time!

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