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

Historic Land Vehicles

Title

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

Denomination

20¢

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

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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