American Culture Series

US #2908 1995 Auto Tail Fin

US #2908
1995 Auto Tail Fin

This 15¢ Automobile Tail Fin coil stamp, which features the fin of a 1959 Cadillac, met the need for the first-class, presort postcard rate. This stamp, along with the 25¢ Juke Box coil stamp, was the first edition of the new “American Culture” series. Bulk mailers were able to use the non-denominated stamp at various presort rates, with the postage difference being paid at the time of mailing. In 1996, a self-adhesive version was produced to meet consumer demand.

US #2909 1996 Auto Tail Fin

US #2909 and #2910
1996 Auto Tail Fin

In 1996, a self-adhesive version was produced to meet consumer demand.

US #2911 1995 Juke Box

US #2911 and #2912
1995 Juke Box

This 25¢ stamp was also part of the new “American Culture” series. It was issued to pay the postage for the first-class, presort letter rate. This stamp supplements supplies of the ‘G’ letter presort-rate stamp and replaces the 23¢ USA presort-rate coils. Bulk mailers were able to use the non-denominated stamp at various presort rates, with the postage difference being paid at the time of mailing. A self-adhesive version was also produced in 1996 to meet consumer demand. In 1997, two self-adhesive versions were produced, a regular self-adhesive coil and a linerless coil.
US #3132 1997 Juke Box

US #3132
1997 Juke Box

A linerless coil stamp was also issued.  The face of the stamps of the linerless coil was coated to prevent stamps from sticking to those below them, without using backing paper.

US #3208 Diner

US #3208
Diner

This 25¢ definitive coil stamp was issued to pay postage for the first-class, presorted letter rate. Bulk mailers could use it for various rates, and simply add on the difference at the time of mailing.

US #3447 2000 Lion Statue

US #3447
2000 Lion Statue

This non-denominated (10¢) “Presorted Standard” stamp was released in self-adhesive coil rolls of 10,000 for use by mass mailers. The image is a contemporary rendition of one of the lion statues located at the Fifth Avenue entrance to the New York Public Library.

US #3520 2001 Atlas Statue

US #3520
2001 Atlas Statue

The 2001 non-denominated, presorted standard rate stamp was issued to replace the 1998 Green Bicycle stamp. The stamp is based on a photograph by Horst Hamann of the Atlas Statue that stands outside Rockefeller Center in New York City. Lee Lawrie created the Atlas sculpture in 1937, and Kenneth Lynch made the skeletal, heavenly spheres that Atlas supports. An ancient Greek myth tells that Atlas was one of the giant gods, called Titans, who tried to overthrow the Olympian gods ruled by Zeus. When the Titans failed and punishment was meted out, Atlas was condemned to hold the heavens on his shoulders for all of eternity.

US #3522 Woody Wagon

US #3522
Woody Wagon

The Woody Wagon coil stamp is the sixth design in the American Culture Series that began in 1995. The series includes the Auto Tail Fin, the Juke Box, the Diner, the Lion Statue, and the Atlas Statue. The stamp design is based on the wood-paneled vehicles produced between 1929 and 1953 and used variously to transport guests to and from railroad stations, to accommodate family travel, and to carry surfers and their surfboards to the beach. The stamp pictures a 1949 Ford wagon with a surfboard hanging out the back. This non-denominated 15¢, self-adhesive coil was issued to replace the 1995 Auto Tail Fin stamp for the presorted first class postcard rate.

US #3766 2003 Wisdom

US #3766
2003 Wisdom

The design for the Wisdom stamp in the American Culture Series was taken from Lee Lawrie’s art deco sculpture, “Wisdom With Light and Sound,” at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Words beneath the relief sculpture are from Isaiah 33:6 in the Old Testament: “Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy time.” The Wisdom stamp is the only issue in the American Culture Series that is not a coil stamp.

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