Even as Dream Cruise vehicles, many worth thousands, were warming up for the annual rolling parking lot called Woodward Avenue, the U.S. Postal Service was officially unveiling special postage stamps and postal cards for 37 cents each.
“The five collectible cars. the ‘53 Chevrolet Corvette, ‘54 Kaiser Darrin, ‘52 Nash Healey, ‘53 Studebaker Starliner, and the ‘55 Ford Thunderbird were selected,” said David Failor, executive director of stamp services for the USPS in a phone interview, “because they represent the sporty look that was introduced following World War II. "
These vehicles today, recognized as America’s first sports cars, were unique when introduced and are now highly valued collectible automobiles. The series of five called “America on the Move: '50s Sporty Cars” are available in a booklet of 20 stamps (five designs) for $7.40 and as a booklet of 20 stamped postal cards (five designs) for $9.75. Carl Herman of Carlsbad, Calif., was the stamp designer. Art Fitzpatrick, a long-time advertising designer and illustrator, was the stamp artist.
Patrick Donahoe, deputy postmaster general and COO , U.S. Postal Service, in dedicated the stamps in a special ceremony at the Michigan State Fair in Detroit, said, “These cars are a perfect reminder of the 1950s and America’s optimism that the nation’s future was looking.”
Stamps and postal cards are available at Post Offices and Philatelic Centers starting August 21, 2005. Additionally first-day covers (set of 5) are $3.75; stamped postal cards (Booklet of 20) are $9.75; and other philatelic items will be available while supplies last online at www.usps.com, or by telephone at 800 STAMP-24. Beautifully framed prints of original stamp art for delivery straight to the home or office are available at www.postalartgallery.com.--Marty Bernstein
How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark: Customers have 30 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, by telephone at 800-STAMP-24, and at the Postal Store Web site at www.usps.com/shop. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to: POSTMASTER AMERICA ON THE MOVE: 50s SPORTY CARS 1401 W FORT ST DETROIT, MI 48233-9998 After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by September 19, 2005.
How to Order First-Day Covers: Stamp Fulfillment Services also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-STAMP-24 or writing to: INFORMATION FULFILLMENT DEPT 6270 US POSTAL SERVICE PO BOX 219014 KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014