The U. S. Postal Service has issued stamps of many kinds
honoring various types of vehicles and machines. Why not urge that
a stamp be issued to pay tribute to the steam traction engine?
The gasoline tractor is shown on a 7.1 cent stamp created for
use of non-profit organizations. A buck-board of the 1880’s is
shown on a 4.9 cent stamp. A locomotive of the 1870’s can be
seen on a 2-cent stamp.
If there is sufficient interest out there in Engine land, we
will assemble a communication to be sent to the postal authorities
suggesting that the traction engine be shown on a stamp to be
issued in 1989.
The list for 1988 commemoratives has already been issued, into
November. The process for obtaining the go-ahead for issuance of a
special stamp is rather long and tortuous. It may be necessary to
ask for help from members of the U. S. Senate and House to back our
We can start with the letters, telling of the importance of the
steam traction engine in the agricultural history of the United
States, and listing some of the outstanding individuals and
companies that made the giant forward steps possible.
If the Postal Service can issue four different stamps about cats
(as it did on Feb. 5), then certainly the steam traction engine
The Conestoga wagon (which originated in Lancaster County, PA)
was honored on a stamp due out Feb. 29. That we can understand,
since it was so vital to transportation and the opening of
We are not detracting from any of the choices announced thus
far. Typical are Knute Rockne, March 4; New York statehood, July
26; classic autos, five designs in booklet, August; Gen. Hap Arnold
and Buffalo Bill Cody, dates undetermined.
If you like this idea, address your letters to: Engine Stamp,
c/o IMA, Box 328, Lancaster, PA 17603.