• Apr 25th 2008 at 7:28PM
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Click on the 300C to see all five stamps in high-resolution

All the way back in 2004, we wondered out loud why the U.S. Postal Service chose only to showcase cars from the first half of the decade starting in 1950. All of you waiting on pins and needles now have an official date when this offense will be rectified: October 3, 2008. Starting on that day, each of the 37,000 Post Office locations will begin offering five new "50s Fins and Chrome" 42-cent first-class stamps as part of the "America on the Move" series. We've gallerized each of the upcoming stamps for your viewing enjoyment:
These new stamps were unveiled at the auto-mecca that is the Spring Carlisle Collector Car & Swap Meet in Carlisle, PA. The designs were illustrated by Art M. Fitzpatrick using an example of each car which is still currently road-worthy. We think Fitz did a darn good job on these particular stamps, which will make the mundane act of sending letters just a bit more palatable starting in October.


[Source: U.S. Postal Service]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      This is difinitely an ugly American car, big, sluggish, clumsy, so funny it has two fins on it. What a low taste!
      • 7 Years Ago
      At least they're all American.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anyone know if these Illustrations are traditional works or digital? They kinda look like vector work...

      If they are they're very impressive. I've been getting into doing some the last couple years - they're pretty time intensive. And these ones look very detailed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Art Fitzpatrick is the famous "AF" of the "AF & VK" duo that used to do so many automotive illustrations. Van Kaufman was "VK". Go to Art's web page: http://www.fitz-art.com/

        His work is incredible. Back when he and Van worked together, Van did the backgrounds and Art the cars. You may remember in particular all the work they did for Pontiac. Sometimes their initials didn't show but even then you could always spot an AV & VK rendering. Back then, their work was done with paint, probably guache.

        I had the pleasure of meeting Art a few years ago at a Pontiac convention. I told him of how we Industrial Design students used to idolize he and Van when we were in school. At the time I met him, he had just done the '50's stamps of a few years back. They were done on the computer as I presume these new ones were. I was amazed that a man his age had learned to do the same thing with computer technology. Most people his age are lucky to be able to use e-mail.

        Read more about Art here: http://tinyurl.com/3omhsz

      • 7 Years Ago
      So very cool. Every one of those rides is a beauty. That was when it was still possible to get excited about car designs. Sigh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why a Nomad???

      Oh wait, it's a Pontiac.

      STILL.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's too bad Chrysler couldn't make a modern/retro 300C Coupe to combat the CTS Coupe.

      Hell, even do a nod to tailfins!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm sure that everyone has their favorite 1957 MY classic, but it's hard to believe that the iconic 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air is not one of the 5 represented here.
        • 7 Years Ago
        For one, I'm glad there's no '57 Chevy- they're everywhere in just about every form you can imagine- and some you probably can't- wouldn't surprise me if someone somewhere sells condoms with the things emblazoned on them!

        It's nice to see something different for once!

        Personally I think a '57 Nash Ambassador would've been a good choice, but I'm weird. LOL!
        • 7 Years Ago
        or the forgotten 1956 Chevy who could be a good choice and I agree with spots about a 1957 Nash Ambassador and let's add a 1956 DeSoto Adventurer or Plymouth Fury to the list. (and if AMC had let Nash continued to survive to 1958, here what might have been if there was a 1958 Nash Ambassador http://www.whatifcars.com/gallery/What-If-Cars/58_Ambassador )

        I wonder if someone could retouch with Photoshop pictures of Accord coupe/sedan, Camry, Altima, etc... to add tailfins? ;-)
        • 7 Years Ago
        I never understood the fascination with 57 Chevy's either. Compared to everything else offered that year, they're downright dumpy. Too tall, too round.

        Glad they included the 300C, but my favorite car of the late 50's is the 57/58 DeSoto Adventurer. Virgil Exner was the best designer of that era by far.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those are some beautiful cars.

      And to join everyone's wishing for another car, late 50's Dodge Fury four door.
      I love those.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Makes we wish car designers would be bring back some form of tail fin on cars (and hood ornaments)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Opp - saved and zoomed in, they look more like traditional pieces. Just very detailled.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Back in the glory days when cars actually had style. Now pretty much everything on the road looks like an appliance or a jellybean. Not at all how people back then pictured motoring today.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You're right guys its the last retro fad, the tailfin. The only design cue from the 50s that hasn't come back. Personally I'd love to see a designer take a crack at that one. It would have to be a lot cooler than the spoilers designers tack onto everything today from Chevy Aveos to Toyota Avalons.
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