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Henry Seth Taylor Steam Buggy, 1867, Steam Motor Carriage

Historic Land Vehicles

Title

Henry Seth Taylor Steam Buggy, 1867, Steam Motor Carriage

Denomination

Date of Issue

June 8, 1996

Year

Quantity

1,000,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Historic Land 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.

About Stamp

Canada's oldest car, a steam-powered buggy, was conceived by Henry Seth Taylor, a skilled jeweller, watchmaker and inventor. He unveiled his new vehicles at a fair in Stanstead, Quebec in 1867. Curious onlookers became sceptics when a steam hose burst and both the inventor and invention were engulfed in steam. Although the carriage had to be pushed home, history had been made. This 15-mph vehicle became Canada's first propelled car and one of the earliest steam cars in North America. Taylor continued to demonstrate his steam buggy but the idea of steam-powered carriages was not a popular one. It continued to be used as the only option available until electric and internal combustion engines appeared in the 1890s. Taylor's buggy soon crashed due to a slight oversight - no brakes!
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, No. 11, 1993, p. 13-14.

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