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Massey-Harris No. 21, 1942, Self-Propelled Combine

Historic Land Vehicles, Farm and Frontier Vehicles

Title

Massey-Harris No. 21, 1942, Self-Propelled Combine

Denomination

88¢

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. Massey-Harris Company Limited revolutionized harvesting in 1938 with the world's first self-propelled combine - the No. 20. Unfortunately, it was too heavy and expensive for extensive mass production. However, it served as a guide for the building of the lighter and cheaper No. 21, which was tested in 1940 and put on sale in 1941. It was ideal for many farms and being small and compact, could be loaded on a truck, making it possible for operators to follow the harvest from south to north. In 1944, permission was given to build 550 units above the imposed wartime production quota. They were used by the famous "Harvest Brigade" which achieved records that could not have been matched by using any other machine. The "Brigade" was continued in 1945, and was followed by the "Famine Fighter" program of 1946.
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1995, p. 5-6.

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