All Aboard! 20th Century American Trains

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One of five All Aboard! 20th Century American Trains commemorative stamps issued by the USPS. Here, Santa Fe locomotive #6 (an EMD E1 unit) is seen painted in the Super Chief's distinctive Warbonnet livery.

In August 1999, the United States Postal Service issued a set of 33¢ postage stamps entitled All Aboard! 20th Century American Trains to "pay tribute to American industry and design, and specifically to the heritage of our railroads." Artist Ted Rose[1] created five watercolor images depicting the following celebrated American named passenger trains from the 1930s and 1940s:

Descriptive text regarding each of the trains was listed on the gummed side of each stamp.[2][3]

At the same time, the USPS offered for sale a booklet of "20 U.S. Postal Service Ready-To-Mail Stamped Postal Cards" which contained four sets of the five paintings.


  1. ^ "Ted Rose, 61; Artist Whose Locomotives Were Put on Stamps". Los Angeles Times. August 3, 2002. pg. B.17. Retrieved from ProQuest.
  2. ^ Mike Del Vecchio. "New stamps will showcase Ted Rose, streamliners". Trains. May 1999. Vol. 59, Iss. 5; pg. 17. Retrieved from ProQuest.
  3. ^ Bill McAllister. "All Aboard for Classic Design". The Washington Post. August 13, 1999. pg. N.66. Retrieved from ProQuest.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Anthony J. Bianculli. Railroad History on American Postage Stamps. Astragal Press, 2004. 1931626200