Winter Olympics

Third Reich Postage Stamps


Watermark 4 Y
Reversed Swastikas


Watermark 4 X

This series was issued on 25 November 1935 to commemorate the 4th Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 6-16 February 1936.

Those with “X” suffixes feature a normal swastika watermark — when viewed from the rear, the legs of the swastika point in a counterclockwise direction. The “Y” suffixes feature the rarer reversed swastika watermark, with the legs of the swastika pointed in a clockwise direction when viewed from the rear.