In the catalogue(?) or not
Several days after the last club meeting I was phoned
by member Haaksema from Ridderkerk, who asked whether I knew about a
snow scooter on a stamp from New Zealand. I took the Michel and
searched for this stamp. Indeed, on stamp number 889 (01-02-84) from
the series about Antarctic research, a snow scooter is depicted.
Alas for the discoverer, but we already knew this stamp.
The reason that this stamp has not (yet) been included in the
is that we have chosen to include at first only those stamps that clearly
belong to the category motorcycles. However, we kept the possibility to
include other stamps when enough people report them. Eric compiles the
catalogue, so if he receives enough notifications about certain stamps,
they have a change to appear in the catalogue pages.
Lets go back to the criterion what makes a thing a motorcycle. I have
looked through some Dutch regulations (W.V.R., Handbook for Police,
encyclopaedia etc.). In general the rule is that a motorcycle has not more
than 3 wheels (motorcycles with sidecar form a separate category), has at
most 1 driven wheel (while 2 wheels on 1 fixed shaft, so without
differential count as 1) and does not move by rail. For this moment we
forget that the Netherlands are one of the few countries that have a
separate law for mopeds, and thus we also gather the mopeds and related
items under the header motorcycle.
Do caterpillar driven snow scooters fall under this heading? I suggest
that everyone makes his own decision on this.
I myself have some stamps which deviate from the definition given
above, but which I keep in my collection. You will find some examples
Further I have some stamps with engines and other objects that are
related to motorcycles. I would like to show one of them to you. It is a
block of Turks & Caicos, which shows the engine Daimler used in his
Einspur (Michel # block 18).
Off course this compilation is not complete. If you have a stamp which
you think would fit in this category, please report this to me so I can
make a list of them.
However, always keep in mind: collect those things that you like! Thank
you in advance.
Hans de Kloet
(Translation: Paul Essens)
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