International Harvester, Ford and Chevrolet are among classic pickup truck makers whose models are to be celebrated this year in a special line of the U.S. Postal Service’s Forever stamps. The stamps will be available later this year, Postal Service reps say, though an exact date has yet to be determined.
The origin of the pickup truck can be traced back to the early 20th century, when automobiles first became popular in the United States. By the early 1900s, several manufacturers first began producing light-duty cab & chassis in limited numbers.
International Harvester supplied and maintained trucks on stateside military bases during World War I. In 1917, Ford released the Model TT, which had a one-ton chassis. For 1918, Chevrolet introduced the Model 490 truck. But because drivers had to purchase their own cargo beds and bodies, these vehicles weren’t considered true pickup trucks, rather more akin to the build-out model of vocational vehicles today.
The first fully factory assembled pickup truck didn’t arrive until the 1925 Ford Model T Runabout with Pick-Up Body made its debut. A fortified version of Ford’s landmark Model T, it had a base price of $281, featured a steel bed, and was powered by a modest 20-horsepower engine. Ford sold nearly 34,000 Model T pickups, helping jumpstart the popularity of pickup trucks.
The new stamp designs feature the following models: