With this stamp in the Music Icons series, the U.S. Postal Service® honors Elvis Presley (1935-1977), the singer, guitarist, musician, and actor who became one of the first true stars of rock-and-roll.
This stamp features a 1955 black-and-white photograph of Presley taken by William Speer. In the bottom left corner, between the words “Forever” and “USA”, is a small gold crown, a nod to Presley’s nickname, The King of Rock and Roll™. Presley’s signature, in gold ink, is also featured along the right side.
The square stamp sheet resembles a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the sheet includes the stamps and the image of a sliver of a record seeming to peek out of the top of the sleeve. The following text borders the block of stamps:
“During his illustrious career, rock-and-roll superstar Elvis Presley starred in dozens of feature films, won three Grammy Awards, and recorded 18 number one singles: Heartbreak Hotel, I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, Don’t Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Too Much, All Shook Up , (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, Jailhouse Rock, Don’t, Hard Headed Woman, A Big Hunk O’ Love, Stuck On You, It’s Now Or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Surrender, Good Luck Charm, Suspicious Minds”
An image of Presley shot by photographer Alfred Wertheimer and the logo for the Music Icons series appear on the reverse side. Antonio Alcalá served as the art director and designed the stamp sheet with Leslie Badani.
The Elvis Presley stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever® stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
Made in the USA.
SKUs featured on this page: 589004
|Issue:||Elvis Presley Stamp|
|Denomination & Type of Issue:||First-Class Mail® Forever|
|Format:||Pane of 16 (1 design)|
|Issue Date & City:||August 12, 2015, Memphis, TN 38101|
|Designer:||Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria VA and Leslie Badani, Alexandria, VA|
|Art Director:||Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria VA|
|Typographer:||Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria VA|
|Existing Photo:||William Speer|
|Manufacturing Process:||Offset, Microprint —“USPS”|
|Printer:||Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)|
|Printed at:||Williamsville, NY|
|Press Type:||Muller A76|
|Stamps per Pane:||16|
|Print Quantity:||100 million stamps|
|Paper Type:||Nonphosphored Type III Block Tag applied|
|Adhesive Type:||Pressure-sensitive adhesive|
|Processed at:||Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)|
|Colors:||Stamps side: PMS Cool Grey #7, Black, PMS 8383 Gold Cover side: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black PMS 8383 Gold|
|Image Area (w x h):||1.09 x 1.09 in./27.56 x 27.56 mm|
|Overall Size (w x h):||1.23 x 1.23 in./31.12 x 31.12 mm|
|Full Pane Size (w x h):||7.00 x 7.00 in./177.80 x 177.80 mm|
|Press Sheet Size (w x h):||21.25 x 21.25 in./539.75 x 539.75 mm|
|Plate Size:||144 stamps per revolution|
|Marginal Markings:||© 2015 USPS • USPS Logo • Verso text • Proprietary text • Promotional text • Barcode (589000) in lower right corner of pane|
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