Saturday, August 11, 2012

London 2012 Official Mascots: Wenlock and Mandeville

Wenlock and Mandeville are the official mascots for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics being held in London, United Kingdom.

The mascots were unveiled on 19 May 2010; this marks the second time (after Vancouver's Miga, Quatchi, Sumi and Mukmuk) that both Olympic and Paralympic mascots were unveiled at the same time. The mascots were created and designed by iris, a London-based creative agency.

Wenlock’s name is inspired by Much Wenlock in Shropshire, England, where the Wenlock Olympian Society held its first Olympian Games in 1850, regarded as an inspiration for the modern Olympic games

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Mandeville's name comes from the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England which organised the Stoke Mandeville Games in 1948, a competition for injured soldiers; they are regarded as the inspiration for the Paralympics. 

postmarked in 2012 with three 'queen' stamps and one Olympics stamp from Great Britain 

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The back of both postcards reads:
Official Product of London 2012.  Thank you for purchasing this Official Product of London 2012.  Your purchase supports the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
(with the Olympic Hologram Seal on the back) (The information you see about each mascot is not printed on the postcards)


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