Czech National Spartakiad sports competition graphics

Spartakiad sports competitions

30/07/10 – National Spartakiad matchbox label designs from Czechoslovakia circa 1959. The Spartakiads were mass sporting competitions created by the Soviet Union originally meant as an alternative to the Olympic movement. Competitions took place both in the summer and winter months and brought together competitors on regional, national and international levels.

Spartakiad sports competitions
Spartakiad sports competitions
Spartakiad sports competitions
Spartakiad sports competitions
Spartakiad sports competitions
Spartakiad sports competitions
Spartakiad sports competitions
Spartakiad sports competitions
Spartakiad sports competitions
Spartakiad sports competitions
Spartakiad sports competitions
Spartakiad sports competitions
Spartakiad sports competitions

Sources and more information
Czechoslovak matchbox label collection on Flickr//
Wikipedia entry for Spartakiad//

4 Responses to “Czech National Spartakiad sports competition graphics”

  1. Karl says:

    These are just superb, great to see these wonderful designs on the net. Thanks for sharing. I have a fascination with the spartakiad tournaments and have amassed quite a bit of philatelic material on the topic. I’ve just started a dedicated blog called спартакиада (Spartakiad) where I’m gonna showcase my collection. It’s only in it’s infancy but as I scan stuff I’ll be posting it online.

  2. Oliver Tomas says:

    Karl, thanks for the comment. I have a number of other related items including some philatelic material, too. The curious mix of a mass sporting event with communist propaganda is indeed rather curious and fascinating. I look forward to seeing your collection grow online.

  3. Helena says:

    Thank you for the great collection which helped me a lot with my research.
    I just designed the postage stamps for Royal Mail in UK and your collection is just great.

    I am surprised how many designs are from the Czech Republic where I am from : )

    Thank you,
    H.

  4. Oliver Tomas says:

    Helena,

    Thank you for the comment. I’m always glad to hear that I can help with people’s research.

    What Royal Mail postage stamps did you design?

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