U.S. Postal Service To Release Tailfin Stamp Series

'57 Lincoln Premiere

The U.S. Postal Service (yes, the people you love to hate, but need on a daily basis) has been doing some interesting and fairly unconventional things for a governmental agency.

A while back, the released a series of stamps featuring comic book super heroes, and now the USPS is releasing a series of stamps all about Tailfins.

How cool is that?

They’re making five stamps featuring five different, and pretty damn interesting cars. Four of the five are 1957s. You got your ’57 Chrysler 300C, a ’57 Lincoln Premiere (pretty esoteric), ’57 Pontiac Safari (not to be confused with the Nomad) a ’57 Studebaker Golden Hawk (another fine esoteric choice) and of course, a ’59 Cadillac Eldorado.

C’mon, if you’re talking fins, how can you not include a 59 Cadillac Eldorado?

If all you’re used to is modern cars, if you can check out a 59 Cadillac up close, do so. The rear quarter panel (that part that has the fin on it) is about the size of a Miata. Hell, thing probably weighs more than a Miata.

Those were the days when adding 500 pounds of chrome to a car was a necessary and sound engineering decision. That was also the time when people used phrases like “road hugging weight” with a serious tone.

And oh yeah, you bet they’re first class.

'57 Chrysler 300C

'57 Pontiac Safari

'57 Studebaker Golden Hawk

'59 Cadillac Eldorado

About The Author

Tony Borroz grew up in a sportscar oriented family, but sadly, it was British cars. His knuckles still show the marks of slipped Whitworth sockets, strains to reach upper rear shock bushings on Triumphs, and slight burn marks from dealing with Lucas Electric "systems." He has written for a variety of car magazines and websites, Automoblog chief among them. Tony has worked on popular driving games as a content expert, in addition to working for aerospace companies, software giants, and as a movie stuntman. He currently lives in a secure, undisclosed location in the American southwestern desert.

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