US Postal Service Announces New Stamps Featuring Classic Ford Trucks
In 2015, the three bestselling vehicles in the United States were all pickup trucks. In an effort to capitalize on America’s love affair with these gas guzzling machines, the US Postal Service will be releasing four new stamps that pay tribute to the history of pickup trucks.
These new stamps are part of the Forever stamp collection and will be issued in booklets of 20 stamps. The stamps were designed by USPS art director Antonio Alcalá, but the images of the trucks themselves were illustrated by Chris Lyons, who has previously done work for Road & Track magazine.
The four trucks featured in the stamps are the 1948 Ford F-1, 1965 Ford F-100, 1953 Chevrolet 3100, and 1938 International Harvester D-2.
The 1948 F-1 was the first half-ton F-Series truck the Ford Motor Company ever produced. It featured a horizontal five-bar grille and was available with the choice of either a V6 or V8 engine.
The 1965 Ford F-100 is notable for being the first model that featured a “Twin-I-Beam” independent front suspension.
Besides those two classic Ford trucks, the other pickups featured in this stamp collection include a 1953 Chevrolet 3100 and 1938 International Harvester D-2.
The technology used in today’s pickups have evolved significantly over the years, as Ford recently announced that its 2017 F-Series Super Duty will provide best-in-class diesel torque 925 lb-ft of torque, which is a clear upgrade in performance over the 1948 Ford F-1.
The US Postal Service did not give a specific date for when these unique stamps will become available, but it did announce they be released at some point later this year.