StampNews.com got to know that the U.S. Postal Service previewed the image of its Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever stamp on the 2d of July. Part of the Postal Service's Music Icon Series, it will mark the second such Elvis honor. A 1993 U.S. commemorative stamp of Elvis remains the postal service's biggest seller of all-time.
The Elvis Forever stamp – which will be made available next month -- uses a 1955 black-and-white portrait of Presley taken by photographer William Speer. The bottom left corner of the stamp features a small gold crown, nodding to his status as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll". Presley's signature, done in gold ink, is included on right side of the stamp.
As the U.S. postal service noted in their announcement, "the square stamp pane resembles a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the pane includes 16 stamps while the image of a sliver of a record seems to peek out of the top of the sleeve". The image used for the pane, of Presley performing, was taken by Alfred Wertheimer. The stamp was designed by the Virginia-based team of Antonio Alcalá and Leslie Badani.
In conjunction with the stamp, Sony Music's RCA/Legacy Recordings will be releasing an exclusive CD titled Elvis Forever. The disc will be available online and in select Post Offices beginning August 12.
The dedication ceremony for a new Elvis USPS Forever Stamp will also take place on August 12 at Graceland, as part of the annual Elvis Week festivities. Priscilla Presley will join Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan for the dedication on the morning of on Graceland's front lawn for this free public event.
In announcing the Presley stamp earlier this month, Postmaster General Brennan noted that "Elvis is a natural addition to our Music Icon Series. His life and talents are an incredible story. Spanning from his humble beginnings in a Tupelo, Mississippi, two-room house to becoming one of the most legendary performance artists of the 20th Century, Elvis Presley's works continues to resonate with millions the world over".
The Postal Service's "Music Icons" series was launched in 2013. To date, a range of artists – including Ray Charles, Lydia Mendoza, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin – have been given stamps. Another Memphian, Johnny Cash, was also honored as part of the series.