Stamps cel­e­brate Veter­ans

Old Bike Australasia - - • ISLAND CLASSIC • STAMPS • PEUGEOT • - Gaven Dall’Osto

It may not be un­usual for old mo­tor­cy­cle col­lec­tors to dab­ble in other things col­lectable. Yes, I also col­lect the odd coin and postage stamp. Once a col­lec­tor al­ways a col­lec­tor, I say. Well it would prob­a­bly also be a fair state­ment that us old mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts also still post let­ters (snail mail) rather than use the new fan­dan­gle email tech­nol­ogy. I re­ceive a reg­u­lar stamp bul­letin and was ex­cited to see that on the 4th Septem­ber Aus­tralia Post will re­lease a set of four stamps to cel­e­brate Aus­tralian vin­tage mo­tor­cy­cles. The four stamps were cho­sen to rep­re­sent an era when mo­tor­cy­cling in Aus­tralia was a pop­u­lar mode of trans­port, post WW1 up to the late 20’s. There were many Aus­tralian com­pa­nies as­sem­bling mo­tor­cy­cles lo­cally but mainly us­ing im­ported parts. The bul­letin men­tions com­pa­nies like Swastika (SA), Cy­clone (Tas), G.C.S. (Vic), Her­cules (Vic), Lewis (SA), South­ern Cross (NSW), and Spencer (Qld). The mod­els cho­sen for this stamp is­sue are a 1904 Kele­com, 1912 Pre­ci­sion, 1919 Whit­ing V4 and a 1923 In­vin­ci­ble JAP. Ref­er­ence for the il­lus­tra­tions was sup­plied by OBA and the art­work done by Mike Har­bar, who also il­lus­trates the Andy Tier­nan cal­en­dar fea­tured an­nu­ally in this mag­a­zine. The stamp is­sue will also be great gifts to mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts and will be re­leased in var­i­ous forms. First Day cov­ers ($4.30), Maxi-cards ($7), Stamp Pack ($4.45), Book­let Col­lec­tion ($44), Pres­tige Book­let ($20.95), Roll of 100 stamps ($100). Each book of ten stamps ($10) fea­tures the same model, so a set off four dif­fer­ent books will set you back $40.

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