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Bombardier B-12 CS, 1948, Multi-Passenger Snowmobile

Historic Land Vehicles, Farm and Frontier Vehicles

Title

Bombardier B-12 CS, 1948, Multi-Passenger Snowmobile

Denomination

50¢

Date of Issue

May 26, 1995

Year

Quantity

800,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Historic Land Vehicles, Farm and Frontier Vehicles

Series Time Span

1995

Perforation or Dimension

12.5 x 13

Printer

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.

Creators

Designed by Tiit Telmet. Designed by Joseph Gault.

About Stamp

The third set of Historic Land Vehicles stamps - to be issued once again in a souvenir sheet format - depicts farm and frontier vehicles, including three used on farms and three used in off-road conditions. The world's first practical snowmobiles were invented by Joseph-Armand Bombardier, and produced in his workshop at Valcourt, Quebec. While today's snow-travelling vehicles are mostly associated with small machines such as the Ski-Doo, the earliest products were multi-passenger vehicles. Bombardier recognized the demand for even larger vehicles to be used by schools and for transporting workers to mining and logging areas. Introduced in 1942, the B-12 was equipped with an updated track system with independent suspension on each axle. It was easier to drive and gave a smoother ride than its predecessor. Most B-12s were equipped with Chrysler engines and designated as B-12 CS.
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1995, p. 5, 7.

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