Saturday, August 05, 2006

George Tsunis and his philatelic Harley

According to the USPS NewsLink, George Tsunis wouldn’t dream of missing Monday’s American Motorcycles stamp dedication.

He’s the owner of the 1965 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide that USPS used as a model for one of its four motorcycle stamps. The dedication is set for Aug. 7, when The Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club kick-starts the 66th rendition of its Black Hills Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD.

Tsunis’ Electra Glide (which is shown above along with Tsunis in an official USPS photo) is in mint condition. It’s one of several antiques in his Harley collection, which includes Knuckleheads, Panheads and Shovel heads dating back to 1936.

“I’m so excited one of my bikes is commemorated on a stamp,” Tsunis said. “I wish the Postal Service issued a motorcycle stamp every year.”

After the ceremony, Tsunis — with the owners of the three other antique motorcycles featured in the USPS stamps — will be on hand to sign autographs and to discuss their bikes at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, located in the town’s Old Post Office building.

For more photos and information on the vintage bikes featured in the American Motorcycles stamps, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM