1995 Winton automobile stamp
July 28, 1897

Winton Auto Test-Drive

On July 28, 1897, Alexander Winton began a nine-day test-drive of his automobile, proving its reliability to investors.  Winton went on to become the top-selling automobile manufacturer for several years.  He had more than 100 patents, and often allowed others to use them for free when safety was involved.

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2018 Rodger Dodger stamp
May 18, 1968

Hot Wheels

On May 18, 1968, Hot Wheels released its first toy cars, dubbed “The Sweet 16.” Since then, they’ve become one of the world’s most popular toy car makers, with the company estimating that they sell eight Hot Wheels every second.

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2012 Sunshine Skyway Bridge stamp
April 20, 1987

Reopening of Sunshine Skyway Bridge

On April 20, 1987, the second Sunshine Skyway Bridge opened. It was rebuilt following a 1980 accident. Considered a symbol of Florida, it’s also the longest cable-stayed concrete bridge in the world.

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 US #3931-35 – The first stamps in the series issued in 2005.
August 20, 2005

America on the Move Series

On August 20, 2005, the USPS issued the first stamps in a nostalgic series honoring classic cars.

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 US #5347 – 2019 Express Mail Stamp picturing Joshua trees
August 10, 1936

Joshua Tree National Monument

On August 10, 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt used the power of the 1906 Antiquities Act to create Joshua Tree National Monument.

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1933 3¢ Century of Progress
May 27, 1933

Century of Progress World’s Fair 

The 1933 World’s Fair opened in Chicago, Illinois, on May 27, 1933.

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 US #1007 was issued for the AAA’s 50th anniversary.
March 4, 1902

Founding of AAA

The American Automobile Association (AAA) was founded on March 4, 1902, in Chicago, Illinois. 

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 US #2262 from the Transportation Series.
November 28, 1895

America’s First Automobile Race 

On November 28, 1895, the Chicago Times-Herald Race was held between six cars.

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 US #1286A was issued on Ford’s 105th birthday.
July 30, 1863

Birth of Henry Ford

Industrialist and auto manufacturer Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863, in Greenfield, Township, Michigan. 

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