Hot Rods Forever stamps launched by Post Office

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Hot Rods Forever takes on new meaning with the '32 Ford roadster stamps | U.S. Postal Service
Hot Rods Forever takes on new meaning with the '32 Ford roadster stamps | U.S. Postal Service
Hot Rods Forever takes on new meaning with the ’32 Ford roadster stamps | U.S. Postal Service

A pair of ’32 Ford highboy roadsters look ready to roar in the U.S. Postal Service’s latest nod to American car culture with its new Hot Rods Forever Stamps.

The two freshly minted stamps, one showing a “deuce” in classic black with flames and the other in scarlet red, were recently dedicated as a limited-edition collection that any hands-on street rodder would be proud to stick on the corner of an envelope. Or save and frame a sheet of them.

The Hot Rods Forever Stamps join other recent Postal Service depictions of significant American cars of the past on stamps, including a set of 1950s icons and another focusing on popular muscle cars. The Hot Rods stamps were designed by Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, and digitally created by artist John Mattos of San Francisco.

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“These Hot Rods stamps mark the beginning of America’s fascination with customizing fast cars, and they’re just as popular today as they were decades ago,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “Just like the cars they celebrate, these stamps are timeless in that they’re good for mailing First Class letters any time in the future.”

The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place at the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) Street Rod Nationals East Plus at the York Expo Center in York, Pennsylvania. Joining Donahoe at the dedication were Jerry Kennedy, special events director for the National Street Rod Association, and “Car Crazy TV” host Barry Meguiar.

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“With an estimated 12 million hot rodders in America today, I applaud the Postal Service for recognizing that Hot Rods will forever be a symbol of our American Culture,” Meguiar said.

Available in booklets of 20 stamps, customers may purchase them at usps.com/stamps, on the Postal Service’s eBay page at ebay.com/stamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), or at Post Offices nationwide.

 

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.