First bicycle stamp from Japan / 日本初の自転車切手

September 27, 2009

1948Japan002

29 October 1948 Japan
National Athletic Meet
design: Katsutoshi Hioki

The first set of stamps on theme of sports were issued in 1948.  This bicycle stamp was one of the second set, celebrating 3rd National Athletic Meeting.  Off centred and dull mono colour print, but showing beginning of hope in rebuilding the country, 3 years after the end of the war.

昭和23年10月29日発行
第3回国民体育大会
デザイン:日置勝駿

日本で発行された初めての自転車の切手です。第3回の国民体育大会を記念した4枚セットのうちの1枚。エッジのはっきりしない単色の印刷でずいぶん中心をはずれてもいますが、戦後3年目で国の再建に拍車がかかっているような、そんなスピード感があります。

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