A set of eight stamps celebrating the tractor will be released by Jersey Post on 1 April 2022. Illustrated by renowned stamp artist and engraver Martin Mörck, the stamps feature makes and models of tractor that are currently in use or have been used historically in Jersey.
Jersey has had a prosperous agricultural industry for centuries and tractors are a familiar sight around the Island. However, far from just being used for agricultural work, tractors are put to work in many different ways and the eight stamps in this set depict tractors doing a variety of jobs, some of which are specific to the Island.
Stamp artist Martin Mörck comments: ‘I have been creating Jersey stamps for many years now and found this stamp issue exciting; I learned a lot about tractors. The illustrations range from the first motorised tractor in Jersey to today’s big modern tractors. The colours, models and even the clothing of the people had to reflect the story of how these working vehicles have changed over time.’
A Norwegian artist and engraver, Martin Mörck has over 40 years of experience in stamp design and engraving, banknote engraving, portrait drawing, illustration and watercolour/acrylic painting. He is also an avid sailor and shipbuilder and owns his own tractor.
Featured across the stamps are: a Ferguson T20 (c. 1952) ploughing a field, a Renault 85-12 TX (c. 1989) towing a boat, a Massey Ferguson 6714s (c. 2017) planting Jersey Royal seed potatoes, a John Deere 6310 (c. 1999) trimming back overgrowth on one of Jersey’s green lanes, a Fordson Model F (c. 1917) binding, a New Holland T6 (c. 2018) baling hay, a John Deere 5115M (c. 2020) pulling a trailer full of oyster bags and an International W14 (c.1939) ploughing a field. Jersey scenery can be seen in the background of the stamps, most notably the iconic Le Tour du Hoinet on the 82p stamp and Grouville Bay on the £2.10 stamp.
Jersey Post’s Tractors Working in Jersey stamps will be available to buy from all branches of Jersey Post from 1 April 2022, whilst philatelic stamp products such as souvenir sheetlets, first day covers and presentation packs will be available from the Jersey post offices at Broad Street, St Helier and Rue Des Pres, St Saviour on issue day. All items can be ordered now at www.jerseystamps.com or by telephoning the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: +44 (0)1534 616717.