American Automobile Association
A commemorative postage stamp on the 50th Anniversary of A.A.A. :
Issued by United States of America
Issued on Mar 4, 1952
The Historic Stamp :
The 3¢ stamp celebrates the 50th anniversary of the American Automobile Association (AAA). Founded as an aid to motorists in 1902, the organization is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia. It has grown up with the automotive industry and now has more than 28 million members throughout the United States.
The stamp design shows the familiar AAA logo above a vintage 1902 automobile and one manufactured in the early 1950s. The scene on the left calls attention to the safety programs the association has supported over the years. It shows a school safety patrol member preventing two young girls from making a dangerous crossing.
The American Automobile Association Stamp was printed in deep blue by steel engraving. It was first placed on sale in Chicago, Illinois.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Denomination : 3 cents
Colour : Deep Blue
The Subject of the Stamp :
- The world’s first national auto club was Automobile Club de France, established in 1895. Seven years later, nine local U.S. clubs consolidated to form the American Automobile Association.
- The AAA provides many services to its members, from touring and emergency aid to acting as a travel agent. In addition, the organization benefits all motorists by promoting highway safety. Over the years, it has conducted numerous educational campaigns for accident prevention. It also created the school patrol system and instituted student driver training in high school.
- Better roads are another area of concern. The AAA was one of the principal lobbiers for uniform road markers on U.S. highways. It was also in the forefront of the movement for standardized international road signs.