The proposal that a steam traction engine stamp be issued by the U. S. Postal Service, voiced in this magazine recently, has drawn interest from readers who say it's a good idea.
If you would like to see the Postal Service issue a traction engine stamp, write to IMA and express yourself. All sorts of other engines and vehicles have been shown on stamps. Ours would be very appropriate.
There are hundreds of collectors in the U.S. More than 500 organizations conduct shows at which restored steam traction engines are shown and admired by thousands of people. The engines are historic, for they enabled farmers to make a vast increase in the amount of energy that could be applied to harvesting and other agricultural activities, building our nation's economy.
Jack Norbeck, president of Norbeck Research and author of the Encyclopedia of American Steam Traction Engines, was the first to send in a letter of encouragement. Jack has been trying to get a stamp of this kind accepted since 1986. He enclosed a copy of a letter from a Postal Service representative in 1986, saying the stamp would be put up for consideration. So far, no luck.
'We need more people to help', says Jack. 'Keep up the good work and good luck!'
Dennis and David Hubbard of Norwalk, Wisconsin, have written us to back the proposal. They list manufacturers whose engines could be considered.
They say they think 'agriculture would not be as far as it is today' without the important role played by steam. They cite its function in the building of our wonderful country'. They urge the issuance of a stamp.
To add your voice, write us a letter care of Engine Stamp, IMA, Box 328, Lancaster, PA., 17603.