Saturday, 3 March 2012

All aboard

I could not find many streetcar stamps in my collection but this one may make up for that, featuring a Glasgow 'Coronation' Double Decker Tram No 1173 and a post box.  The tram still exists and can be seen in the Glasgow Museum of Transport. This stamp was one of a set of 1988 for the Europa theme that year which the post office decided to feature Transport and Mail Services in the 1930s.  The designer has used the style of the posters of the period that invited you to visit many parts of Britain travelling by train,
or in this poster of 1929 travel by tram, but why not give

 Romania a try. A trolley bus from their series of definitives of the 1960s which featured different modes of transport and postal communications.
although I can never love a diesel train as much as a steam one
 so here is a GB Maximum card featuring a  'King' Class loco the "King Edward I" climbing up to Whiteball Tunnel as it "heads the Plymouth-Taunton steam hauled section of a Pathfinder Tour charter train near Burlescombe".  You can see the people on the train are doing what my mother always told me not to do and putting their heads out of the door and window.  The stamp is of Great Western Railway's "King William IV" near Teignmouth in 1935, in the days when there were people in postal trains busy sorting mail through the night.
Railway Travelling Post Office Coach

An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of  Streetcars or passenger transport

10 comments:

viridian said...

I really like your first stamp - it has a post box in it- hurrah!
I have learned to keep your head in with a steam train - cinders and ash!

Postcardy said...

I think the first stamp is an interesting idea, but I don't understand why the design includes a partial letter on the right side after TRAM. I looked up the set, and all of the designs are like that.

Jocelyn said...

Perhaps it was to give the idea that the phrase was 'Tram Way'. If you look in the poster it reads 'Tramways' as one word. Maybe it was later shorted to just Tram like just Rail (instead of Railway). Aren't Double Deckers awesome??

Bob Scotney said...

What a superb maxicard! I toyed with the idea of using those Romanian stamps too.

Anglers Rest said...

Love the stamp on the postcard. Teignmouth museum used to have a large poster of the image on the stamp, I have not been into the museum since it has been refurnished but might wander down there in the next week or so.

Ana said...

that one featuring the Glasgow tram is really nice!!

and I have to agree that I prefer steam to diesel trains too :)

I also have those Romanian stamps, so good I didnt choose them for today :)

Lisa B said...

I like the GB designs very much. Very nice maxicard too.

Aimee Dars said...

What a great collection you have!

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

Yes, snap! I really like the design of the Europa stamps but must have missed them when they were issued.

VioletSky said...

I have a fond feeling for the Glasgow bus. I make a point of visiting the museum whenever I am there, which hasn't been for a long time, now that I think about it.