Topical or thematic stamp collectors develop themes or story lines based on images or subjects of the collected stamps. They assemble their collections according to themes or topics instead of by country.

 The  following examples are of Olympic Games. The semi-postal stamps were issued as singles and as souvenir sheets, as shown in the examples.
A semi-postal stamp or semi-postal stamp, also known as a charity stamp, is a postage stamp issued to raise money for a particular purpose (such as a charitable cause) and sold at a premium over the postal value.

Here are 12 Topical Flag Stamps from Canada, issued on Canada Day (July 1) in 1979. They represent the flags of the 12 Canadian Provinces and were issued in a miniature sheet.

Canada Day, also known as Canada’s Birthday, is a nationally mandated holiday that celebrates the establishment of Canada as a country on July 1, 1867. It is a holiday that is not only celebrated all across the country, but also by Canadians worldwide. Its equivalent to the U.S. July 4th.

The 1936 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in 1936 in Berlin, Nazi Germany. Berlin won the bid to host the Games over Barcelona, Spain, on 26 April 1931, at the 29th IOC Session in Barcelona.

Often referred to as the “Nazi Games,” the games were an attempt by Adolf Hitler to showcase Germany as a sophisticated world power. The games are notable for many things and were loaded with controversy. The Nazis didn’t want Jews or Black People to participate. Because of this, several countries discussed boycotting the games altogether. The talk worked, and the Nazis relented, allowing Black People and Jews to participate.

"Portrait in Blue" by Alexej Georgewitsch von Jawlensky  a Russian expressionist painter active in Germany. He was a key member of the New Munich Artist's Association, Der Blaue Reiter group and later the Die Blaue Vier (The Blue Four).

"Big Still-Life"  painted by Max Beckmann who was a German painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, and writer. Although he is classified as an Expressionist artist, he rejected both the term and the movement. In the 1920s, he was associated with the New Objectivity, an outgrowth of Expressionism that opposed its introverted emotionalism.


1936 Olympic Games

"Girls under Trees" by August Macke who was a German Expressionist painter. He was one of the leading members of the German Expressionist group Der Blaue Reiter. Like a true artist of his time, Macke knew how to integrate into his painting the elements of the avant-garde which most interested him.

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"Man Asleep" by Erich Heckel who was a German painter and printmaker, and a founding member of the group Die Brücke which existed 1905-1913.

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Scott Numbers 1135, 1136, 1137, 1138, 1139 and 1140.

German Postal Art Issues of 1974

"Deer in Red" by Franz Marc German painter and printmaker. He was a founding member of Der Blaue Reiter, a journal whose name later became synonymous with the circle of artists collaborating in it.

"Old Farmer" by Kirchner who was a German expressionist painter and printmaker and one of the founders of the artists group Die Brücke or "The Bridge", a key group leading to the foundation of Expressionism in 20th-century art

Memphis Stamp Collectors Society

Memphis, Tennessee