Records - Curiosities - Errors

Records

The oldest postal document:

United States – private stationery –  16.07.1880

 

 

The first postage stamp:

German Empire – local mail Frankfurt, CIRCULAR POST - 20.08.1887

 

 

 

The first postage stamp depicting a female cyclist:

China - 1st National Sports Meeting - 28.12.1959



The most expensive postage stamp:

Australia - CYCLE MAIL LAKE LEFROY - 01.02.1897


The rarest stamps:


Netherlands - BOODSCHAPPENDIENST HAAXMAN - 01.01.1918

Argentina - Mensageros Flory - 01.01.1901
                           


The biggest item:

Federal Republic of Germany - personalized stationeries (Wertmarke Eigenwerbung)
calendar with 36 prepaid postcards of FC DEUTSCHE POST - 01.12.2015

 

 

 

The most mysterious stamp:

 
India? - approx. 1950?
more examples


 


The fastest bicycles:


Gambia - Easy Racers Gold Rush Recumbent Bicycle - 68 mph in 1986 - 01.11.1988

 

 

 

Chad - Sam Whittingham 83 mph (133.36 km/h) in 2009 - 30.09.2013
The Stamperija / Stampera designer wasn't having a good day when creating the above sheet: how many mistakes do you find?
There are at least four! A record in itself!

 

 

Furthest man powered distance flight:

Uganda - 37.3 miles by Glenn Tremml on the EAGLE 1987 - 14.08.1987

 

 

 

World record in endurance cycling:

Paraguay - Don Lorenzo Prieto 30 days and 30 nights on his bike -
an unbeatable record - at least for the past 50 years (2015) - 24.04.2015

 

 

 

The best secured bike:


Switzerland - WebStamp - Zürich Insurance - 2022

 

 

 


Largest number of persons on a single bike:


Netherlands – personalized stamp, 6 persons - approx. 2014

 

 

 
Postal stationery with the largest number of cyclists:

 

Ireland - Dublin, O Connell Street, 1945 - 15.03.1988

 

 

 

Stamp with the largest number of bicycles:


Netherlands, personalized - try to count them - 17.11.2012

 

 

 

Record in the production of bicycle hubs:

German Federal Republic - meter stamp - 250 million hubs produced by Fichtel & Sachs, Schweinfurt - 04.05.1976

 

 

 

Largest sheet in bicycle shape:



Switzerland - anniversary of the invention of the bicycle by Karl von Drais, sheet size: 29.4x17.4 cm² - 02.03.2017

 

 

 

The smallest bicycle stamp:


Umm-al-Qiwain - Olympic Games Munich, K. Knudsen, Norway
Size: 2.3 x 1.8 cm² - 11.12.1972
 

 

 

Stamp - probably showing the most overloaded tricycle:

Netherlands - personalized -  approx. 2009


 

 

 

Stamp showing the creator of the largest rideable bicycle:



Austria, personalized stamp - Didi Senft, the Devil or El Diabolo - 18.06.2011

 

 

 

Curiosities

The story of Leonardo Da Vinci:

Cuba - Bicycle history, Leonardo Da Vinci, 15th century - 14.04.1993

Codex Atlanticus was examined in 1961. Two circles crossed by wavy lines were sighted – but definitely not a bicycle.

 

 

 

Seed sheet:


Singapore - Our City In A Garden, protect your collection from moisture - otherwise it grows in its own way - 13.07.2013 


Color change by rising temperature:


  

Hong Kong - Sports in Hong Kong - 23.04.2015
First-ever thermochromically printed stamp

 

 

  

Try to find the word "Peddalunpuffen".


United Kingdom - LAERNU Cinderella - approx. 2005 
Didn’t you find "Peddalunpuffen"? No -  here you go.


 


Hiding cyclist – on the backside:

Norfolk Island - 50th Anniversary Boy Scouts - 22.08.1978

 

 

 

 

 

Errors


Wrong date:

Cuba - „1813“ instead of „1817“ - 14.04.1993            RE12045


 

 

 

Wrong language:

Switzerland – German word „Jahre“ instead of „Years“ on the English tab – 06.05.2021

 

 

 

Incorrect spelling:

United Kingdom, Cinderella – „iocl“ instead of „incl“ - 25.02.1994

 

 

German Federal Republic – CITIPOST (modern private mail) -
„Fahrradfarbik“ instead of „Fahrradfabrik“ (bicycle factory) - 01.01.2020

 

 

 

Bulgaria - “Tefegrafo” instead of “Telegrafo” - 19.09.2019

 

 

 



Netherlands, personalized - “trance” instead of “france” - 2010

 

 

 

 Chad - Eddy Merckx, coureur du siècle par l'UCI - "Mercks" instead of "Merckx" - 30.09.2013

 

 

 

United States - strike mail - “Fransisco” instead of “Francisco” - 06.07.1894

 

 

 


Discrepancy:
  

 Argentina, private stationery - front wheel of the Peugeot bicycle seems to turn backwards - 21.07.1928

 

 

 

Missing stage town Pilsen:


German Democratic Republic - tour route of the 10th Peace Race - 30.04.1957
For details see Bicycle Stamps - no. 1, page 45 by Douglas Marchant

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