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Henry Seth Taylor Steam Buggy, 1867, Steam Motor Carriage

Historic Land Vehicles

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Name Value
Date of Issue June 8, 1996
Year 1996
Quantity 1,000,000
Perforation or Dimension 12.5 x 13
Series Historic Land Vehicles
Series Time Span 1996
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

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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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