The ‘stamp bike’ started out when one of their customers found a 1940 Indian 4 cyl motorcycle on Long Island. His name is Larry Spielfogel.
The Indian underwent major restoration work, with extensive chassis work due to poor storage over the years. Since the restoration the bike is ridden often, Larry is a collector who believes the saying “RIDE EM DON’T HIDE EM!”.
The US Postal service decided last summer to put a motorcycle on a postage stamp for the 1st time in over 50 years. They were looking for a 1940 Indian, and heard Larry had one. He was contacted and worked out a deal to use the Indian. The Postal Service contacted H.P. Cycles to verify the bike, knowing they had restored it. After verification, the bike was chosen to use on a stamp, and can now be seen all over the world.
They have been available at the post office for the past 6 months, but supplies are limited. The stamp will sure to be a collectors item in the future.
The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum
Commemorative motorcycle stamps unveiled at Museum
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Official USPS Press Release: Postal Service's 'American Motorcycle" Stamps Roll Out from Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Postal Service to issue commemorative motorcycle stamps in Sturgis, S.D.