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New Zealand stamp

Proof - if there was ever need of proof - that there is a web page for everyone. Dan’s design errors page documents the errors of geographic representation that are found on stamps.

There is clearly a lot of work that has gone into this collection however without sounding to pedantic myself I wonder whether some of the entries are design errors or rather accurate representations of mapping errors. The example of the New Zealand stamps are good examples. Dan has got quite excited about a peninsula being shown as an island and an island being shown as (a quite improbably) peninsula. These are the sort of things that confuse schoolchildren and get geographer overly bothered. The problem is that Cook originally mapped them that way - so does this a design error or not? 

Probably not…