SPAIN. Thermal ATM issues  2OO3 T83 (91)
Carriages (1).
Phaeton exclusive. Year 1850. Museo de la Moto Clasica de Hervas
Date of issue :
September 2003 (1st. date :    / Phil. Serv. 13.10.03)
47 x 27 mm. - Format type 4
Paper :
Thermal phosphorescent self adhesive
Printing process : Offset 4 colours, Pantone 541, invisible ink
Imprint :
Thermal on black
Imprint varieties : 5 (Epelsa 5 and 4 digits small and large, Epelsa LF)
Values / Set :
0,01 € to 99,99 € / Set Ph.S.: 0,26-0,51-0,76 €
Design and printer :
Printing :
Click on the image to enlarge it
The Phaetons appeared towards end of XVIII century
They are high horse carriages four wheeled and independent suspension. 
Usually this carriages have 2 front main seats, where sit down and drive the owner, and 2 other auxiliary seats behind.
Phaetons varied greatly in body style and passenger capacity, always adjusted to the owners wishes ; Phaeton exclusive, ecijano, vis a vis, jardinera, a la inglesa, ...
Although normally this carriages don't include any roof, some models incorporated a folding one to protect the front seats.
Phaeton ecijano
The name of Phaeton it's believed to have originated in Greek mythology when Phaethon, child of the Sun god Helios, was said to have driven his father's chariot wildly, almost setting fire to the earth. He was slain by Zeus for his misadventure.

The ATM image show the reproduction of a carriage in the Museo de la Moto Clasica (MMC) de Hervas (Caceres) - Classic Motorbike Museum in Hervas, Caceres, Spain.

ATM Web - Spain and Latin American Postal Services:
© J. Jove - M. Sans. ATEEME. Variable value stamps study group
All rights reserved. This page was created : 21.07.03. Last updated : 17.10.03