US postage stamps: History inside the cars US postage stamps
The first car US postage stamp – Pan-American Exposition (1901)
The car in the stamp was actually an electric car serving as a taxi at the early stage, with a speed of 40 kilometers per hour. It can travel approximately 120 kilometers on a single charge. In the car are the driver and the representative from the taxi company.
Although electric cars at that time dad already traveled around the city like New York and Washington. But in the early 20 century, there were steam, gasoline, and electric cars.
So why was the electric car chosen as the image of these Commemorative Stamps？
Well, because among all these, electric cars were the most advanced without noise, violent vibration, and smelly scent. In another word, electric cars in the US recorded the world’s advancement.
And what makes the stamps special is that they are one of the first which used two colors overprinting (Overprint is when one color object overlaps another and is normally only used for special effects within a design).
Now, you can only get them from stamp dealers.
Antique Automobiles (1995)
In 1995, a set of 5 us postage stamps named Antique Automobiles were issued, including different types of cars, even covering the earliest gasoline vehicle – DURYEA. Duryea Brothersinvented the first gasoline-powered automobile in America. In 1896 they assembled 13 cars like this and set up their own factory to produce the cars.
Ford Motor -Great Americans Stamp Henry Ford (1965-1981)
The great inventor of Ford Motor – Henry Ford, is the chief developer of the assembly line technique of mass production. By creating the first automobile
that middle-class Americans could afford, he contributed a lot to the car culture of America.
In 1896, Ford attended a meeting of Edison executives, where he was introduced to Thomas Edison. In the same year, he built his first vehicle. Afterward, with the support of the capital of Detroit lumber baron William H. Murphy, Ford resigned from the Edison Company and founded the Detroit Automobile Company on August 5, 1899.
However, the automobiles produced were of a lower quality and higher price than Ford wanted. Ultimately, the company was not successful and was dissolved in January 1901.
In 1903 Ford set up his own company and in 1908 successfully invented the Model T. The Model T was colloquially known as the “Tin Lizzie”, “Leaping Lena” or “flivver”. Because of the introduction of assembly lines, the cost of the vehicles greatly decreased and became affordable for most Americans.
Classic Car Stamps (1988)