Ute’s ultimate stamp of approval
THE ute is an all-Aussie invention. Ford put the utility on the road in 1934 and, even though GM Holden used to argue that it got there first, it’s now recognised around the world for its place in automotive history.
Now the ute is also recognised by Australia Post, which has just begun printing a stamp with a picture of a Ford ute.
But there is something different and it’s not the dogs in the tray.
The artist, Stuart McLachlan, decided to steer clear of the ’34 Ford and went instead for an XD Falcon ute from the 1980s. It’s part of his theme, which puts eight Aussie inventions — on five stamps — into the typical Adelaide suburban life he experienced during his childhood.
But Australia Post could have done the job with a single stamp as the other seven inventions — the Esky, wine cask, Hills hoist, Speedos, zinc cream, B&D roll-a-door and Victa rotary lawnmower — would all fit comfortably in the cab or tray of the XD ute.