Automobiles

1999 33¢ Celebrate the Century - 1960s: Ford Mustang
April 17, 1964

Ford Mustang Goes on Sale

On April 17, 1964, the Ford Mustang debuted at the New York Auto Show, and was available for sale around the country that same day. The Mustang far outsold expectations and shattered sales records.

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1901 4¢ Pan-American Commemorative
November 3, 1900

First Modern Auto Show

On November 3, 1900, the first modern auto show opened in New York City. Today, the New York Auto Show is held in April and usually has more than one million visitors.

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1995 32¢ Winton automobile stamp Fleetwood First Day Cover
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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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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