Bicycle-with-sidecar envelope or……
A club member sent me a copy of a Danish First Day
Cover from the series 'Stories of the post and telephone service' (Mi.nr
686/7) in the series European stamps, with on it a bicycle with sidecar,
at least that's what it looks like at first sight:
In a closer investigation mr. van Leeuwen found a
license plate on the bottom of the cycle, which gave rose to the question
whether it could concern a motorcycle? On seeing the FDC I could
immediately answer with a straightforward yes. Although I had never seen
the envelope itself, I immediately recognised the motorcycle as one
standing in the Stubbekobing Radio og Motor cycelmuseum, of the make
Elleham. I once have been sitting on such a motorcycle of a Danish
collector, and it is a strange experience with "nothing" between
In fact Elleham was an aeroplane constructor, as can be
seen on a stamp of the Danish post (12-09-1956 Mi no.363). As so many
technical manufacturers those days, the aeroplane constructors were
looking for other markets to spread their interests. Mr. Elleham was a
techniques enthusiastic. He built motorcycles, automobiles and aeroplanes.
He was also the inventor of the bread cutting machine and was the first
European to fly a plane.
In 1904 the first Elleham motorcycle was completed.
Elleham was inspired by the scooter-principal. His motorcycle had a French
Peugeot engine of 734 cc which developed 2,75 PK. In 1909 Elleham stopped
the production of his motorcycle. From 1904 to 1909 slightly over 1000
motorcycles left his factory. Whether these motorcycles were used by the
post, and how much, is impossible to tell for sure, but, looking at this
envelope, it will at least have been one.
Hans de Kloet
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