If you keep up with the news at all, you know that the United States Postal Service is having problems. Between the rise of email and social media, not to mention competition from carriers like UPS and FedEx, the USPS is hemorrhaging money. Last year alone, its losses totaled nearly $16 billion.
And so, the USPS is making changes. It's eliminating Saturday mail delivery (though the agency will continue to dole out packages). It's party to a $30 million lawsuit against Lance Armstrong (though Armstrong contends that his sponsorship contract with the USPS never prohibited him from using drugs). And last week, just as New York City was beginning to recover from another strenuous Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the USPS announced that it would launch a clothing line next year.
Clearly, the situation is dire.
On Friday, however, the USPS did something great -- something it has done hundreds of times before: it launched a new line of stamps. But these weren't just any stamps: they were stamps of classic American muscle cars.
In the midst of all the hubbub surrounding the Daytona 500, Richard Petty and his son, Kyle, joined Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to unveil the collection, dubbed "America on the Move: Muscle Cars". The featured rides include -- in chronological order -- the 1966 Pontiac GTO, the 1967 Shelby GT-500, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi’Cuda, and the 1970 Chevelle SS.
In a press release, Donahoe had this to say: "The muscle cars gave everyday Americans the opportunity to experience the rush of driving a fast, powerful car.... Just looking at the stamps evokes a feeling of speed." Some disgruntled customers may dispute whether the USPS has any authority to speak on the topic of speed, but there's no denying, the stamps are nicely done.
Also nice: they're forever stamps -- which, for non-philatelists, isn't a dreamily optimistic way of calling them "timeless", but an official designation that means they'll always be suitable for first-class postage, even if/when stamp prices rise.
To learn more about the cars included in this collection and to order your own set, visit USPS.com.