Friday, November 26, 2010

1967 Pan-American Games

The Winnipeg Pan-American Games (Pan-Am Games) were a major event celebrating Canada's Centennial. Over 2000 athletes from 29 countries participated in the "Olympics of the Western Hemisphere" from July 22 to August 7.

Opening Ceremonies

The games were opened by Prince Philip on July 22.

Torch entry

Canadian athletes

Notable Athletes

Canadian swimmer Elaine Tanner won gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke and silver in the 100m butterfly. Mark Spitz, a 17-year old from the U.S. broke world records in the 100m and 200m butterfly. Spitz went on to make Olympic history at the 1972 games winning 7 gold medals.


The Cuban national team was favoured to win the gold medal. In round robin play, the U.S. were twice beaten by the Cubans. The U.S qualified for the playoffs against Cuba. In the three-game playoffs the U.S and Cuba each won a game. The gold medal came down to the ninth inning of the third playoff game. The score was tied and after a rain delay the U.S. loaded the bases. With the infield in, U.S. outfielder George Greer singled home Ray Blosse with the winning run and the gold medal.

Pan-Am Games Slogan

A Pan-Am slogan was in use months before the opening of the Games.

Pan-Am slogan, April 13, 1967

Pan-Am Stamp and First Day Covers

The Pan-Am Games commemorative stamp was issued on July 19 with a Winnipeg "DAY OF ISSUE" cancellation featuring the Pan-Am logo.


National Archives of Canada
Designed by Paul Aleksander Pedersen

The Queen's Printer post card was a reproduction of the Pan-Am stamp.

Canada Post Office Publicity First Day Cover

This publicity cover was mailed to St. Thomas, Jamaica

Shering Corporation

Canada Envelope Company

Chickering/ Jackson

Overseas Mailers

Overseas Mailers insertH and E

David Pritchard



Domestic Acknowledgment of Receipt

Registered mail sent from Edmonton to Pembridge, August 23, 1967
Acknowledged August 29, 1967
15 cents AR fee at time of mailing

International Surface Letter

Toronto to Brussels, Belgium, July 12, 1967
10 cents UPU surface letter rate

International Air Mail

Toronto to Mechelen, Belgium, August, 1967
10 cents air mail post card rate
Shortpaid 5 cents for air mail (50% of air mail rate paid)
Not sent by air since 75% prepayment was required

"Short Paid For Air Conveyance" handstamp

Montreal to Geneva, Switzerland, June 30, 1967
15 cent air mail letter rate to Europe
Shortpaid 10 cents and forwarded by surface conveyance

Since the surface letter rate was 10 cents, this letter was shortpaid 5 cents and should have been taxed. The tax fraction would have been 10/10.

Cuba Commemorates the Winnipeg Pan-Am Games