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Ford Thunderbird U.S. Postage Stamp Celebrates National Issuance

The Ford Thunderbird is honored on a postage stamp by the United States Postal Service

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DETROIT, Mich. - As the celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Ford Thunderbird concludes, the party isn't over yet for the legendary car. Today, the Ford Thunderbird celebrates the 'first day of issuance' as an official United States Postal Stamp, honored as one of the five sporty cars of the 1950's.

The wraps came off the Thunderbird commemorative stamp at the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, but today the entire stamp collection will celebrate in the National Ceremony at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. " America on the Move: 50's Sporty Cars" stamp collection gives tribute to Ford Thunderbird as one of the most impressive car designs of the 1950's.

The Thunderbird legendary design started a half a century ago at Detroit's first post-war auto show. Since then, the flight of the Thunderbird has included sporty two-seaters, convertibles and four-door models, as well as hardtops and sedans - more than 1.2 million in total.


Over the years, the Thunderbird has sported the "square" look, the "projectile" look, the jet aircraft look and the luxury look. Yet, through the years and through many changes, Thunderbird's original uniqueness and individuality managed to etch itself permanently into the hearts and memories of the American motoring public. The current version continues to be successful in its mission: it has drawn more new customers to Ford and has higher customer satisfaction than any other Ford vehicle.

The other sporty cars of the 1950s being honored with a commemorative stamp are a 1954 Kaiser Darrin, a 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1952 Nash Healey and a 1953 Studebaker Starlight.

The Thunderbird stamp was illustrated by Art Fitzpatrick. Art Fitzpatrick has had a long and colorful history working in automotive advertising over the course of almost three decades. The sporty cars of the 1950s stamps go on sale next week at post offices nationwide or online at www.usps.com.

(August 20, 2005)

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