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Waterous Engine Works, 1914, Road Roller

Historic Land Vehicles

Title

Waterous Engine Works, 1914, Road Roller

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

A winding trail of mud, rocks and water-filled holes was all that linked most early Canadian settlements. Travellers often preferred to go by foot or horseback rather than risk being thrown from a bouncing wagon. Eventually, graders hauled by horses pushed or pulled a blade over the roads to cut off bumps and fill the holes, followed by a roller which compacted and smoothed the earth. Charles H. Waterous, founder of Waterous Engine Works, worked towards perfecting the steam road roller. Used by Canadian municipalities and leading road builders, the roller was a 12 ton monster that could compact almost any terrain. With its Waterous Steam Pressure Scarifier breaking the surface prior to grading, this industrial giant smoothed the roads in many Canadian provinces.
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1996, p. 6-7.

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