The Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) or West Germany issued a set of Five stamps on 06 Jun 1968 to commemorate 1968 Mexico Summer Olympics.These Stamps featured Sports Personalities and Administrators connected with the Olympic movement.
10+5 Pf – Carl Friedrich Freiherr Von Langen (1887-1934). A German Horse Rider who won the Individual Dressage Event in Equestrian with his horse Draufganger at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics
20+10 Pf – Rudolf Harbig (1913-1944). A German middle-distance runner who competed in 800 metres but did not win any medal, but won a Bronze medal in 4x400m relay tea with the German team. Joined the Nazi army and fought for Nazi Germans in the Battle of Moscow in 1941.
30 Pf – Baron Pierre de Coubertin (1862-1937). Founder of the International Olympic Committee and its second President. He is the father of modern Olympic Games.
30+15 Pf – Helen Mayer (1910-1953) was a German-born fencer who won Gold Medal at 1928 Amsterdam Olympics and a Silver Medal at 1936 Berlin Olympics. She was a Jewish and was forced to move out of Germany in 1933 and yet returned to Germany to compete in Women’s Individual Foil as a Jewish. She was the only athlete of Jewish origin to win a Medal for Germany.
50+25 Pf – Carl Diem (1882-1962)– Sports Organizer and Teacher. As the Secretary-General of the Organising Committee of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, he is known as the Chief Organiser of 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics. He is also credited with the tradition of starting the Olympic Torch Relay from the 1936 Berlin Olympics. After the War, he became associated with Berlin University Physical Education Department. Due to his relations with the German Government from 1939-1945 was always a controversial figure.
Germany has issued a stamp on 275th Birth Anniversary of Carl Gotthard Langhans on 27 Dec 2007. Carl Gotthard Langhans ( 15 Dec 1732 -01 Oct 1808 ) was a Prussian master builder and Royal architect. Churches, Palaces, Grand Houses, Interiors, theatres, City Gates etc in Berlin, Postdam, Silesia (Poland) designed by him are examples of Neoclassical architecture in Germany.
His best-known work is Bradenburg Gate in Berlin which symbolises today’s Germany and Germany Unification of 1989/90. Brandenburg Gate features on German Coins and Currency also.
This gate was built on orders of Prussian King Frederick William II between 1788 and 1791 and designed by Carl Gotthard. the gate consists of twelve Doric columns, six on each side, forming five passageways. Atop the gate is a Quadriga, a chariot drawn by four horses and Goddess of Victory Victoria with Prussian eagle and Iron cross on her lance with a wreath of oak leaves. It survived the WW II but was badly damaged and then restored.It was closed from 1961 when the Berlin wall was built and reopened on 22 Dec 1989 when Helmut Kohl walked across to be greeted by Hans Modrow.
The Gate has been host to many rallies and talks and events. US Presidents from John F Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama have addressed rallies here. The German National Football team held a Victory rally here to celebrate its victory in 2014 FIFA World Cup. It is also the usual finish line to Berlin Marathon.
Two First Day Covers with Berlin Cancellations are listed. The Covers and Cancellations feature Brandenburg Gate and Horse Drawn Chariot.
Germany has issued a stamp on 100th Birth Anniversary of Astrid Lindgren on 08 Nov 2007. Astrid Lindgren ( 14 Nov 1907 -28 Jan 2002 ) was a Swedish writer of fiction and screenplays. She is best known for her Children’s book series like Pippi Longstocking, Emili i Lonnerberga, SixBullerby Children and for Children’s Fantasy novels like Mio, My Son, Ronia the robber’s daughter etc. She is said to be the world’s 18th most translated author and fourth-most translated children’s writer after Enid Blyton, Hans Andersen and Brothers Grimm. This was a joint issue with Sweden.
Her portrait features on Swedish 20 Kronor Note in 2015 along with the Character Pippi.
First Day Covers cancelled at Berlin is listed.
Sweden issued an 11Kr miniature sheet to commemorate 100th Birth Anniversary of Astrid Lindgren.