Dancer with a Bouquet of Flowers is the title of a painting by Edgar Degas shown on a stamp in a series featuring famous composers with artwork by Degas, issued by Paraguay in 1980.

But some things were not quite right with the stamp! In the top right hand corner is an image of a bewigged gentleman. The caption declares him to be Juan Sebastian Bach. So one mistake is the translation of the name of the famous composer ‘Johann’ to the Spanish-language version ‘Juan’.

But sometimes sons can be mistaken for their fathers and there lies the biggest mistake!

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Chad 1969

A pair of stamps issued by the Republic of Chad in 1969 commemorated the travels of two German explorers of the continent of Africa.

The right-hand stamp has a portrait of 19th century German explorer Heinrich Barth (1821-1865) next to Lake Chad. Barth was one of the first Europeans to recognise the significance and richness of African history and culture. Travelling under the Arabic name Abd el Kerim, he crossed the Sahara desert and over the Air mountains into Central Africa.

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For Pope John Paul II’s visit to Austria in 1983, a postcard with a printed 3 schillings stamp, the ‘Bischofsmütze’, was produced as part of the ‘Get to know Austria’ postcard series. The card depicts the wooden image of the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus, which is in the Mariazell Basilica, in Mariazell, Austria.

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This 2 Rials Ajman single value is part of a stamp series released on December 15, 1968 in honour of gold medallists at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico. This particular stamp is dedicated to the man who won the high jump competition gold medal, Richard ‘Dick’ Fosbury.

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In February 1968, the Kingdom of Yemen issued a series of stamps depicting sports events at the Xth Winter Olympics in Grenoble in 1968.

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In anticipation of the football World Cup due to be held in Germany in 1974, a series of stamps featuring famous players from that period was issued in Paraguay on October 8, 1973. However one stamp, the value of 0.30 Guarani, contained a mistake.

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This is Part 1 of a new series featuring stamp errors. The first stamps we talk about were issued by the Republic of Palau, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, 500 miles east of the Philippines and 2,000 miles south of Tokyo, forming the westernmost part of the Caroline Islands.

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