Motorcycle Stamp Set

2013_motorcyces_stamps 403895126 403895145 Dedicated to Canadian motorcycle manufacturing and design these stamps showcase two early models, the CCM 1908 Lightweight Motor Cycle and the 1914 Indian. In the early 1900s, while developing its bicycle and hockey skate businesses (which now operate as distinct entities), the Canada Cycle and Motor Company became the first company to step into the emerging motorcycle market in Canada. The company created only a few models, and the 1908 was among its first. CCM used a Swiss-designed engine that could be attached to any conventional bike frame. Famed for its ability to engineer speed on two wheels, Indian Motorcycle Company – then called Hendee Manufacturing Co. – was an early commercially successful motorcycle maker. Based in Springfield, Massachusetts, it opened a plant on Toronto’s Mercer Street in 1912. The Indian became the bike of choice for Canadian racer “Wild Joe” Baribeau, who rode it to provincial and national racing championships. The bike’s racing success triggered a boom in demand from North American police departments, as well as military units. The stamps each showcase two views of their motorcycle: the top view from the perspective of the rider and a profile. The designer also honours the Indian’s military legacy by featuring a postmark based on a famous World War II poster. Via Canada Post

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