Nestle / Cailler Wrestling and Weightliting Stamps
1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″
Number in Set
1936 Nestle / Cailler Jeux Wrestling and Weightliting Stamps Set Overview
These intriguing cards were offered in Nestle products in France. Like some other releases, many series’ make up the overall set. These are called stamps but are more like album cards. They are thin and could be affixed into books but are a little different from the traditional postage stamps we know of today.
In all, Nestle created numerous series’ of stamps in the 1920s and 1930s, and while most picture non-sports subjects, some sports series’ were included. This issue was a sports series. They are believed to be printed in 1936. Offered in France, the text on them is printed in French.
While I have listed them as a Nestle series, they are actually referred to often as a Cailler Chocolates issue, originating in France and being used by other candy companies as well.
The stamps feature a mix of wrestlers and weightlifters. Unlike many other Nestle/Cailler stamps, the subjects pictured are real athletes. Fronts include white borders and a card number as well as this particular series number (No. 15). Backs include the set’s formal title of “Lutte et poids.” Backs also include the subject’s name and mention of the album they could be pasted into.
The stamps were designed to be affixed into albums and, as expected, some were. Today, you will find these stamps sometimes with the original backs if they were not mounted into the books or ones that were will often have residue or even the album pages stuck to them. Like some other international issues, these were less traditional cards that were much thinner than most gum and candy issues here. They are paper thin and similar to the 1932 Sanella/Astra margarine multi-sport set, but smaller.
1936 Nestle / Cailler Jeux Wrestling and Weightliting Stamps Set Checklist