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Russell Model L, 1908, Deluxe Touring Car

Historic Land Vehicles


Russell Model L, 1908, Deluxe Touring Car


Date of Issue

June 8, 1996




Postal Administration



Historic Land Vehicles

Series Time Span


Perforation or Dimension

12.5 x 13


Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.


Designed by Joseph Gault. Designed by Tiit Telmet.

About Stamp

The "Russell" was the first mass-produced in Canada car with an engine and chassis built in Canada. Rather than evolving from a carriage-making company, the "Russell" was created by the Canada Cycle and Motor Company, popularly known as CCM. Named after Thomas Alexander Russell, later president of CCM, the first Model A appeared in 1905. It featured a front-mounted engine, shaft drive, rear hub brakes, a three-speed forward and one-speed reverse transmission. Several other "Russell" models were introduced and by 1908 cars with 50-hp engines were available. After the company acquired the manufacturing rights to the Knight sleeve-valve engine in 1910, it concentrated on luxury automobiles. The Model L was a more affordable car featuring a hand horn, brass side and tail lamps, acetylene headlamps and a 4-cylinder, 24-hp engine. It had an extra wide 56.5 inch wheel tread to avoid slipping into ruts left by horse-drawn carriages.
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Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, No. 11, 1993, p. 14-15.

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