Reo Speed Wagon, 1925, Police Wagon
Date of Issue
August 19, 1994
Historic Land Vehicles, Public Service Vehicles
Series Time Span
Perforation or Dimension
12.5 x 13
Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Designed by Joseph Gault. Designed by Tiit Telmet.
Following last year's highly popular souvenir sheet featuring historic Canadian cars, in 1994, Canada Post Corporation presents Public Service Vehicles. These specialty streetcars, wagons, trucks and buses provided public transportation, and assisted in the maintenance of roads and in the provision of essential services. As cities grew in size, police patrolling on foot, horseback or horse-drawn wagon could not maintain a city-wide presence nor respond quickly to emergency calls. As a result, police purchased cars, motorcycles, ambulances and patrol wagons. Commonly known as paddy wagons, the 1925 Winnipeg patrol wagon was built in two parts. Its body was made locally by Lawrie Wagon and Carriage Co. and then set on an American-built Reo Speed Wagon chassis. Reo trucks were noted for excellent engines and reliability with the rated speed of the 1½ ton model reaching 30 miles per hour.
Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, Vol. 3, No. 4, 1994, p. 1, 13.
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