Transportation

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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2011 $4.95 New River Gorge Bridge, Priority Mail
October 22, 1977

New River Gorge Bridge

On October 22, 1977, the New River Gorge Bridge opened to motorists in West Virginia. The longest single-span arch bridge and highest roadway bridge in the world at the time of its completion, it cut a treacherous 45 minute drive down to just one minute.

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 1920 1¢ Pilgrim Tercentenary: The Mayflower
September 16, 1620

The Mayflower Departs England for America

On September 16, 1620, the Mayflower left England. The Pilgrims braved rough seas and a harsh winter in search of religious freedom and founded the settlement of Plymouth.

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2004 37¢ USS Constellation
September 7, 1797

First USS Constellation Launched 

Ordered by a Congressional Act in 1794, the first American ship to be christened the Constellation was launched on September 7, 1797.  It was the first ship commissioned into the United States Navy; the first put to sea; and the first to fight, defeat, and capture an enemy vessel.

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1965 5¢ Robert Fulton
August 17, 1807

“Fulton’s Folly” Makes First Commercially Successful Steamboat Voyage

At the behest of his critics, Robert Fulton launched his steamboat from New York harbor on August 17, 1807.  While many had their doubts, Fulton proved the commercial viability of steamboats, which would rule American waterways for the next half-century.

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1987 22¢ Steam Locomotives: Stourbridge Lion
August 8, 1829

The First Steam Locomotive in the U.S.

On August 8, 1829, the Stourbridge Lion became the first steam locomotive to be operated in the United States.

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1988 20¢ Transportation Series: Cable Car, 1880s
August 2, 1873

San Francisco’s First Cable Car 

On August 2, 1873, Clay Street Hill Railroad inaugurated San Francisco’s now-famous cable car system.

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1944 3¢ Steamship
June 20, 1819

SS Savannah Crosses the Atlantic

On June 20, 1819, the SS Savannah arrived in Liverpool, England, becoming the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

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1999 33¢ Celebrate the Century - 1950s: Drive-In Movies
June 6, 1933

First Drive-In Movie Theater

On June 6, 1933, the first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey. The number of drive-ins in the US would eventually grow to over 4,000, becoming a beloved pastime for millions.

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