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April 11, 2022

Car Served as Stamp Album, 1936

By making the exterior of his car serve as his album, Ed “600” Hadley of Casper, Wyoming, has assembled one of the world’s strangest postage-stamp exhibits in 1936. His daughter and her friends worked for six weeks to plaster the machine with the 10,000-odd specimens, which are covered with a protective coat of varnish to shield them from the weather and hardships of the road.

Ed used his 1936 Oldsmobile as a way of publicizing his business, The Palms Ice Cream & Floral Company. He later paid the girls to remove the stamps after using the promotional vehicle for a year. Ed Hadley was known to go to great lengths to promote his business. Once, he was tackled by the Secret Service while running up to the President’s motorcade with a large bouquet of flowers from his shop.


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