Monday, February 25, 2013

Postage Stamps Feature Popular Muscle Cars

First Day of Issue: February 22, 2013 - United States

The United States has issued a set of five new postage stamps featuring the Muscle Cars of the 1960s and '70s.

The Muscle Cars stamps celebrate an exciting era in American automotive history. Typically equipped with big, powerful engines, these high-performance vehicles first roared onto our roads in the 1960s. The stamps feature five iconic muscle cars: the 1966 Pontiac GTO, the 1967 Shelby GT-500, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, and the 1970 Chevelle SS.

Artist Tom Fritz based his artwork on photographs of the cars, using bright-colored oil paints on hardboard to try to "capture the emotive quality" of each one. Growing up in Southern California, Fritz became familiar with the power of muscle cars and calls these paintings "a projection of my memories of the vehicles."

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