America on the Move Series

America on the Move Series

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

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

Automobiles of all sorts have been featured on US stamps for years.  One of the first US stamps to picture an automobile was US #296, issued for the Pan-American Exposition.  The stamp pictured an early electric automobile used for passenger service by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. 

US #3931-35 – Fleetwood Plate Block First Day Cover

Since then, the USPS issued dozens more stamps honoring cars – from antique vehicles of the 1800s to early electric autos to the stylish cars of the mid-1900s.  Cars have long been a popular topic on stamps, so in 2005, the USPS introduced a new series honoring the stylish cars of the 50s, 60s, and 70s – America on the Move. 

The first stamps in the series honored 50s Sporty Cars – the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, 1954 Kaiser Darrin, 1952 Nash-Healey, 1953 Studebaker Starliner, and the 1955 Ford Thunderbird.  The stamps were dedicated at the Michigan State Fair in Detroit on August 20, 2005.  During the ceremony, the deputy postmaster general proclaimed, “Automobiles have always been a clever way of celebrating our American history and culture.  These cars are a perfect reminder of the 1950s and America’s optimism that the nation’s future was looking bright.” 

The stamps were designed by Carl Herman and their artwork was provided by Art Fitzpatrick.  Fitzpatrick had previously been an advertising designer and illustrator for General Motors.  He also designed the Packard four-door convertible and hardtop sedans when he was only 20 years old.  Additionally, he built custom cars for notable entertainers Clark Gable, Errol Flynn, and Al Jolson.

US #4353-57 – 2008 Fins and Chrome sheet

The second set of stamps in the America on the Move Series was issued on October 3, 2008, at the Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral in Carlisle Pennsylvania.  The set, titled “50s Fins and Chrome,” pictured a 1957 Chrysler 300C, a 1957 Lincoln Premiere, a 1957 Pontiac Safari, a 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk and a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado. 

US #4353-57 – Fleetwood First Day Cover

Speaking about the stamps, which were again illustrated by Fitzpatrick, a USPS representative said, “Automotive history is brilliantly illustrated on these awesome stamps.  We are proud to feature these classic cars on stamps here at the mecca of car shows.”  Flamboyant tail fins and shiny chrome accents were hallmarks of the 1950s cars that heralded the dawn of the space age in America.

US #4743-47 – 2013 Muscle Cars sheet

The third set of stamps in the series, titled “Muscle Cars,” was issued on February 22, 2013, at the Daytona International Speedway – two days before the Daytona 500.  The stamps, with art by Tom Fritz, pictured the 1966 Pontiac GTO, 1967 Shelby GT-500, 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda, and 1970 Chevelle SS. 

US #4743-47b – Imperforate Muscle Cars sheet

In speaking about the stamps, the USPS said, “The Muscle Cars stamps celebrate an exciting era in American automotive history.  Typically equipped with big, powerful engines, these high-performance vehicles first roared onto our roads in the 1960s.  Raw power has a stamp of its own, and these limited edition stamps feature five iconic muscle cars.” 

US #3931/4747 – Get all three America on the Move sets in one convenient order.

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  1. I was fortunate enough to attend the First Day Ceremony when the 50s Sporty Cars were issued in Detroit on August 20, 2005. It was pretty cool, and I got to make up a whole bunch of my own unique FDCs for my US FDC collection.

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  2. Don, you and your great team did it again. Grate all the way…glad I am back this time till I run out of life or money…I pray both do not….you and yours have set my life back on track, at 80 I am good for another round of life…

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