Australia Post release Malvern Star Dragster Stamp
- by Christopher Jones
- Published: 29 October 2009
A new stamp set from Australia Post celebrates iconic childrens toys through the ages and includes the Malvern Star Dragster of the 70’s.
The Classic Toys stamp set is now available from Australia Post and will bring back memories of children of the Baby Boomer to Generation Y eras. The “Classic Toys” are Barbie in her 50th anniversary year, 1980s toy sensation Cabbage Patch Kids, the 1950s era Cyclops pedal car, iconic cricket board game Test Match and the revolutionary 1970s Malvern Star Dragstar bicycle. At Australia Post, in the development of the idea for the Classic Stamps, these 5 toys kept coming up time and time again – and should bring a smile to people’s faces.
The Malvern Star Dragster stamp is the most interesting stamp in the set (for us at bicycles.net.au) and the bike was seen all over Australia with its instantly recognisable raised handlebars “apehangers”, curved bananna seat (and rear support) plus gear box.
The style was popular during the 70’s in the US and Europe (i.e. Bonanza Bikes) however the Malvern Star version was uniquely Australian and now as a collectors items, the style also plays a part in influencing Australia’s own flavour of the Cruiser and Low Rider bike trends as well as new retro builds and retro rebuilds.
To locate the Classic Toys stamp set, just head down to you local Australia Post branch or visit the Australia Post online shop for collectors. There is a range of different sets and combinations available for posting or saving including first day covers.
It will be hard to conceal a smile if you are lucky enough to receive a letter with the Malvern Star bicycle stamp.
Congratulation, to the following five readers who were the first to email. The winners each receive an original set of the Classic Toys stamps courtesy of Australia Post:
Mario R. (South Australia)
Andrew J. (NSW)
Geoff C. (NSW)
Martin H. (NSW)
Ben N. (Victoria)