Stanley Paine is one of the 20th century's best artists of transportation. He earned fame for his designs of stamps featuring cars for for the British Royal Mail. He says, "As long as I can remember, I have always been interested in mechanical things, and in particular those from the past. All my childhood drawings were of cars, railway engines and airplanes."
Paine has illustrated for prestigious clients as The Reader's Digest Association, Encyclopedia Britannica, Heinemanns, Hutchinsons, Air Canada and the UK Post Office.
In the early 1960s, Paine created some beautiful illustrations of traction engines, which were issued as high quality lithographs. We were delighted to discover these lithographs as they are impressive attractive and high quality.
A traction engine is a self-propelled steam engine used to move heavy loads on roads, plough ground or to provide power. They revolutionized agriculture and road haulage at a time when the only alternative was the draught horse. They became popular in industrialised countries from around 1850, when the first self-propelled portable steam engines for agricultural use were developed. Production continued well into the early part of the 20th century, when competition from internal combustion engine–powered tractors saw them fall out of favour, although some continued in commercial use into the 1950s. Steam fairs are held in many countries, where visitors can wonder at these beautiful machines.