Tuesday, 26 February 2013 10:06

USPS Announces "Muscle Cars Forever" Stamps

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Raw power now has a stamp of its own. The United States Postal Service has announced a set of stamps titled America on the Move: Muscle Cars Forever.

The limited edition stamps feature five iconic muscle cars: the 66 Pontiac GTO, the 67 Shelby GT500, the 69 Dodge Charger Daytona, the 70 Plymouth Hemi Cuda and the 70 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

“The Muscle Cars stamps celebrate an exciting era in American automotive history,” said seven-time NASCAR National Champion Richard Petty. “These examples of raw power bring back fond memories for me and my family, a testament to how aerodynamics transformed racing. I’ve been around racing and muscle cars all my life. These stamps bring back the memories of our racing heritage in the ‘60s and ‘70s. This is a great way to share our stories, old and new, about the Petty history in racing.”

“The muscle cars gave everyday Americans the opportunity to experience the rush of driving a fast, powerful car,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “Just looking at the stamps evokes a feeling of speed. As Forever stamps, they’ll always be good for mailing a First-Class letter anytime in the future. And when you think about it, that’s fitting. Because these stamps—just like the great cars they represent—are timeless.”

The Muscle Cars Forever stamps are the third issuance in the America on the Move stamp series. The artwork was created by Tom Fritz of Newbury Park, CA, under the art direction of Carl T. Herrman of North Las Vegas, NV. Other issuances in the series, ’50s Sporty Cars (2005), followed by ’50s Fins and Chrome (2008), were the work of artist Art Fitzpatrick of Carlsbad, CA. 

The Muscle Cars stamps are being issued as Forever stamps in self-adhesive sheets of 20 (four of each design). Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

Customers may view the America on the Move: Muscle Cars Forever stamps, as well as many of this year’s other stamps, on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, on Twitter@USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf. Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service’s online site for information on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.

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