The United States Postal Service has recently introduced a new series of Forever stamps called Muscle Cars. The series features five different vehicles: the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, the 1966 Pontiac GTO, the 1967 Shelby GT-500, the 1970 Chevelle SS, and the 1970 Plymouth HEMI ‘Cuda.
These five vehicles are icons of what we like to call the “High Output Generation.” These cars were produced at a special time in American history, a time that was unmarred by gas prices, federal emissions laws, or global recessions. All that mattered was power, and these Muscle Cars had tons of it!
The stamp designs were done by California artist Tom Fritz. Fritz is an internationally recognized artist whose works have graced the walls of Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Harley-Davidson, and the AAA corporate headquarters. You might say he is a bit of a gearhead, as automobiles are a recurring theme throughout his many impressionist-style works.
For the Muscle Cars stamps, Fritz came up with a series of 5 paintings in his studio based on photographs of the cars. I think the artist did an excellent job of capturing the essence of these cars. For example, all of them have smoke pouring from the rear wheels – a completely accurate portayal of what these cars were meant to do! On the Hemi ‘Cuda stamp, the car even appears to be getting a little sideways. I like that.
These stamps are being issued on self-adhesive sheets of 20 (4 of each design). Giclee prints of the designs are also available through the USPS Web Store. They are on sale now at your local post office, so check ’em out today!