StampNews.com is glad to inform all stamp collectors and truck enthusiasts that the USPS has picked four classic trucks to grace a new batch of long-awaited stamps.
The pickups range from a 1938 International Harvester to a 1965 Ford and were chosen to highlight the "rugged and reliable work vehicles that Americans have driven for nearly a century."
The oldest model featured is the 1938 International Harvester D-2. The D-2 was notable for being one of the first trucks to consider styling as a factor in design. Most trucks previously had been solely utilitarian in nature, while the D-2 was went for chrome trim, a rear-swept grille, and a split windshield.
The 1948 F-1 was Ford's first all-new truck following World War II. The design was no longer based on Ford's cars, instead featuring a more sophisticated suspension and what Ford called the "Million Dollar Cab". Ford sold more than 300,000 of them in the first year, a statistic it shares with the modern F-150.
The 1953 Chevrolet pickup, referred to as the Advance-Design, debuted in the 1947 model year. The truck was the first all-new American post-war truck. The truck, powered by an inline-six, It was so popular that Chevy felt no need to overhaul it until 1955.
The newest model to grace these stamps is the iconic 1965 Ford F-100. This pickup featured a new frame that introduced Ford's Twin-I-Beam independent front suspension. The suspension design stuck around in some form or fashion until 1996.
Artist Chris Lyons used Adobe Illustrator to create stylized renderings of the pickup trucks. On each stamp, the name and model year of the truck are featured in the top left corner over the words "FOREVER USA". Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps.