May 21, 2012

0214 THAILAND - Tuk tuk (putt-putt, brum-brum and so on)

I know this type of means of transport from two sources: of Indian movies and from Romania during 1960-1970 (when they were used by confectionery and by company - yes, it was only one - which deliver food at home). I note with surprise that this three-wheeled cabin cycle, in fact a motorized version of the traditional pulled rickshaw or cycle rickshaw, was or is used on almost every continents (including Europe), except Australia. Those who invented it were Italians, namely company Piaggio, which made in 1948 Piaggio Ape (Italian for bee), based on the Vespa (Italian for wasp) scooter. Clever play on words, that perfectly reflects the change of purpose, going on the same line.

In Thailand (because about it is about in the sentence) this auto rickshaw, called tuk-tuk, is a widely used form of urban transport, particularly where traffic congestion is a major problem. The name is onomatopoeic, mimicking the sound of a small engine.

About the stamp

The stamp, depicting Rama IX (Bhumibol Adulyadej, the king of Thailand between 1946 and 2016), is part of a definitive set issued on October 10, 2010, and consisting of 10 stamps with the same image, but with different colors and different values:
• blue (1 THB)
• red (2 THB) - It's on the postcard 2806
• green (3 THB)
• brown (5 THB)
• violet (6 THB) - It's on the postcard 2806
• pink (7 THB) - It's on the postcard 2806
• yellow (9 THB)
• black/orange (10 THB) - It's on the postcard 0241
• blue/green (12 THB) - It's on the postcard 2831
• green/yellow (15 THB) - It's on the postcard 0214
Sender: Natchaon Chucherdsak (direct swap)
Sent from Bangkok (Thailand), on 03.02.2012
Photo: Jatuporn Rutnin

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