Today In Ford History--nov. 22
On Nov. 22, 1999 Ford joined the U.S. Postal Service to celebrate the issuance of a special stamp honoring the Ford Mustang.
The first American “pony” car was chosen for the stamp, which depicts the original 1964 ½ Mustang, in public balloting as one of the most enduring U.S. symbols of the 20th century.
The Mustang’s sporty styling and value appealed to men and women of all ages. More than 22,000 orders were placed on the first day it went on sale, at a list price of $2,368.
More than one million were sold in its first 24 months and today—some 7.5 million Mustangs later—the brand is still going strong. A preferred racer on local tracks across America, Mustang continues to reign as the best-selling convertible in the U.S.
As part of the celebration three years ago, Nov. 22 was declared “Mustang Day” by Mayor Michael Guido of Dearborn, Mich.—home of Ford Motor Company and the Rouge Assembly Plant where the Mustang is built.
As part of the Postal Service’s Celebrate The Century stamp and education program saluting the 1960s, the Ford Mustang stamp was selected by the public during nationwide balloting in May of 1998 as one of the 15 commemorative stamps for the decade.
The Celebrate The Century program honors some of the most significant people, places events and trends of each decade of the 20th century. In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education and 12 leading education associations, the Postal Service has developed a curriculum being used in 300,000 classrooms nationwide, taking students on a field trip through a century of American history.