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Still Motor Co. Ltd., 1899, Electric Van

Historic Land Vehicles, Industrial and Commercial Vehicles

Title

Still Motor Co. Ltd., 1899, Electric Van

Denomination

45¢

Date of Issue

June 8, 1996

Year

Quantity

800,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Historic Land Vehicles, Industrial and Commercial Vehicles

Series Time Span

1996

Perforation or Dimension

12.5 x 13

Printer

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.

Creators

Designed by Joseph Gault. Designed by Tiit Telmet.

Hidden Date

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About Stamp

Looking at the results, we'd have to say that the designers of our fourth set of Historic Land Vehicles stamps have taken as much care with their designs as the inventors of the vehicles did with theirs! Tiit Telmet, Cameron Wykes and Joseph Gault have rendered accurate and detailed stamps depicting an early electric carriage to a modern logging truck. The stamps reveals the styling and performance features that won the respect and loyalty of commercial custumers across the country. Contrary to his name, William J. Still obviously believed in motion. In 1893, realizing that the ideal commercial vehicle should be easy for any driver to handle and repair, he patented a lightweight battery for self-propelled vehicles, then went on to build Canada's first electric car. In 1899, Parker's Dye Works in Toronto purchased a single vehicle powered by a Still motor and battery, and a new age began. The Electric Delivery Van had a standard carriage body fitted with an eight horsepower motor and a battery of 36 cells, carrying a total weight of 209 kilograms. It had a range of 30 miles and a speed of three to 14 miles per hour - incredible for its time.

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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1996, p. 5-6.

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