22 March 2013

The Automobile Age 1913-2013


The Automobile Age 1913 - 2013

Date of Issue : 14 March 2013

The Automobile Age 1913 - 2013 in Iceland

The actual Automobile Age in Iceland began in 1913 when the first Ford T car came to Iceland. The stamps depict four old automobiles, The Ford Model T lorry, The Chevrolet dual purpose vehicle, Mercedes Benz passenger vehicle and Bedford fire engine.

Ford Model T lorry. Cars of the type T Ford proved that cars were the most suitable means of transport for Iceland. Ford T was a reliable, simple and relatively inexpensive car. The lorries arrived in Iceland without superstructure. The Icelandic design of the drivers’ cabins and platforms for imported lorries was unmatched anywhere in the world.

The Chevrolet dual purpose vehicle like the one stamp shows seated 10 passengers. The car was built in 1942 and was new when it was imported in 1943. It was used for transporting goods and passengers in Eyjafjordur. It is now preserved in the Museum of Transport in Óslandshlíð in Skagafjordur.

Mercedes Benz passenger vehicle (bus) is depicted on the stamp. The car is a 1957 model, imported in 1962 and used on the Siglufjordur route for 10 years until it was sold to the East of Iceland where it was used for a few more years. The car is now on display at the Museum of Transport.

Bedford fire engine. In the mid-late 20th century 68 fire engines of the type Bedford were imported to Iceland. Up to that time only fire pumps had been used and the arrival of the Bedford fire engines was considered the greatest revolution in fire prevention in rural areas.


Stamp Exhibitions


BHUPEX 2013, Bhubaneshwar

Bhubaneswar Postal Division is going to organize a District Level Philatelic Exhibition (BHUPEX-2013) from 25thto 26th March 2013 at Jayadev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar where there will be Philatelic Exhibition among the School Students coming under the jurisdiction of Bhubaneswar Postal Division followed by Philatelic Quiz competition.


The Opening Ceremony will be on 25th March 2013 at 10.00 Hrs. and Padma Vibhusan Sj. Raghunath Mohapatra has consented to grace the occasion as Chief Guest. Similarly Closing Ceremony will be on 26th March 2013 at 12.00 Hrs. and Sj.Bijayshree Routray, Honb’le Minister, Forest & Environment, Labour & ESI has consented to grace the occasion as the Chief Guest.

During the exhibition  one special cover on Dhauli Santi Stupa on 25th March 2013 and another on “White Tiger” of Nandakanan on 26th March 2013 will be released. “My Stamp”  will also be released for the first time in Odisha during this show.

: Bibhu Dutta Mishra – Bhubaneshwar

Kangrapex 2013, Dhramshala

District level stamp exhibition is being held in Dharamshala from 21-22 March 2013 at Museum of Kangra Art at Kotwali Bazar, Dharamshala.

SIMPEX 2013, Shimla

A district level stamp exhibition SIMPEX 2013 will be held at Gaiety Theatre , Shimla from 25 –26 March 2013.


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