Design errors - GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC




Wrong representation of this building : the stairs cover only one gate, not three.
 


1944

During war, the blackout strictly prohibited illuminated windows, and the resistance would never have deployed activites in their neighbourhood.
 


1950

The billowing skirt of the skater shows that she is is moving to the roght of the stamp. However the tracing on the ice suggests that she is moving left.
 


1952

Stamp issued to commemorate the composer SCHUMANN. Someone soon discovered that the music shown in the background was written by another composer, SCHUBERT. A new stamp was immediately issued, this time with music composed by Schumann.
 


1952

This skirunner gives the impression to hold his stick between his legs.
 


1952

Avicenna was born in 980, not is 952 as mentioned onb the stamp.
 


1952

The worker is carrying a stone like an accordeon.
 


1952

An adequate head protection is missing.
 


1953

Strange way to shake hands, with one left and one right hand.
 


1953

Lefthanded or inverted image ?
 


1955

Wrong : Harmensz Rembrandt van Ryn - Correct : Rembrandt Harmensz van Ryn.
 


1955

Wrong : RAFFAELO - Correct : RAFFAELLO
 


1956

Not adapted outfit for this women to run this hurdle race.
 


1956

A bicycle wheel has 32 spokes, not 24 or 28 as pictured on those stamps.
 


1956

West and East Germany, both issued a stamp to commemorate Thomas MANN. As can be seen by the haircut, on one of those stamps however, the portrait was inverted.
 


1956

The javelin is held almost at the end.
 


1956

The Zeiss-building in Iena has only 14 floors, not 16.
 


1957

This tour started and ended in Prague. The last stage from Pilsen back to Prague was forgotten.
 


1957

The antennas of the Sputnik I on the stamp have less in common with the antennas on the real Sputnik I.
 


1958

The Systema Naturae was written in 1735. Commemorate the 200th anniversary on a stamp issued in 1958 isvery strange.
 


1958

The first day cancellation was stopped on the first day of issue : instead of 9 november, the postmark beared the wrong date 7 november.
 


1959

The moon map is showed upside down, UHR after the landing time is not necessary as there is already an H after 22, an the landing happened two days before full moon, not after full moon as depicted.
 


1959

A deer does not have a tail.
 


1959

Lynx do not live in couples.
 


1960

The windshield wipers of the small right van are not parallel.
 


1960

One of the windshield wipers is pointing to the left, the other one to the right.
 


1960

The machine pistol should point towards the left, not to the right.
 


1960

A chess championship has nothing to do with an Olympiade, the orgenisation of the Olympic Games.
 


1961

The player with a white and red shirt misses a finger at his right hand
 


1961

Some people with much imagination saw a nazi-cross in the raised hand of Titov.
 


1961

Wrong : KILO-VOLT - Correct : KILOVOLT.
 


1962

The seeman is signalling a letter that cannot be found in the flagbooks. In mirror however, it suddently stands for a I or 9.
 


1964

Ask this man to uncross his legs, you will see that he is wearing two identical left shoes.
 


1964

Women coats are always buttoned right over left. Or is the women wearing the coat of het husband ?
 


1964

Characters from a children TV-program, but the aerial included in the design is not a TV aerial, but an upside-down UKW aerial which could only receive TV-pictures at a very short range.
 


1964

The sun crown is only visible during a total sun eclips, and thus cannot be seen together with the black spots on the sun surface.
 


1964

'Leipziger Messe 800 Jahre' : Leipzig was founded in 1165, but the Fair got its privileges from Maximilian I only in the year 1497.
 


1965

Wrong : LIBERTAD PRO - Correct : LIBERTAD PARA
 


1965

On the original photograph the banner did not wear the word DEUTSCHLAND, which in any way has an incorrect short S instead of an long one in the middle of the word.
 


1965

Mirror image on the stamp, comparing to the original photo.
 


1965

Stamp issued in 1965 to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Leipzig Spring Fair. Although Leipzig was founded in 1165, the fair privileges where only given by Maximilian I in 1497.
 


1965

The Leipziger Messe was founded by Maximilian I in 1497, not in 1165.
 


1966

In Spanish, when a sentence ends with an exclamation mark, it always starts with an upside down exclamation mark.
 


1966

This canoetist is making a very strange paddle-action.
 


1966

The paddles seem to be hold behind the neck.
 


1966

Documents show that this castel alreaydy existed in 1080, not earlier.
 


1966

Wrong : pneumo- nanthe - Correct : pneumon- anthe
 


1966

Wrong : Cepha- lanthera - Correct : Cephal- anthera
 


1967

Two left hands, and and impossible way to hold the rifle with the left arm.
 


1967

The rifleman on the right has lost his ski-sticks and has no number on his chest.
 


1968

Often considered as an error : two planes with identical registration numbers DM-WKM. But take a closer look at the upside-down plane : its registration number is slightly different : DM-WKN !
 


1968

The spurs on the cats boots have 6 points on some values on this series, but 7 points on other stamps
 


1968

In waterpolo, the teams always wear black or white caps, the goalkeepers a red one.
 


1968

For political reasons, the Western countries did not participate to those games. The denomination 'European Games' is thus not correct, or at least exagerated.
 


1968

MIR (Peace) is written in Western letters, and not, as could be expected, in the Russian alphabeth. The same word however exists in other slavonic languages, so the way it is written could be correct !
 


1969

SCHÜTZT IHN is grammatically not correct, should have been SCHÜTZT SIE.
 


1969

This might be a noisy restaurant, as the waves do not originate from the mast above, but from the inside of the restaurant and the viewing tower.
 


1970

One of the runners puts her 2 arms in front of her, another one holds her 2 arms behind her back.
 


1970

WIR SCHWÖREN was written correctly many times, except once right below : WIR SCWÖREN
 


1970

INTERNATIAONAL looks impressive, but is of course not correct. Remove an A, and read INTERNATIONAL
 


1971

The skyline of the city of Berlin is not visible behind the Brandenburger Gate.
 


1975

Wrong : DOMBUSCH - Correct : DORNBUSCH.