Commemorative Stamps

Stamps are the story of us, and what a powerful story they each tell. America's greatest people, places and moments are memorialized here, honored in the art and story of commemorative stamps.
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Music Icons
  • The Man in Black

    Johnny Cash (1932 – 2003) is best remembered internationally as a country music artist, but we feel his influence everywhere — from rock and folk to blues and gospel. In his unmistakable bass-baritone voice, Cash sang of love, loss, hardship, and faith, telling the story of the nation one person at a time. As part of the new Music Icons series, this stamp honors the visionary known simply to many as "the Man in Black."

    First day of issue: June 5, 2013 Nashville, TN

    Name and likeness under license from the John R. Cash Revocable Trust.

    Johnny Cash is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in
    value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate, which is $0.49.

  • Sing It Like It Is

    Cash found inspiration for his music in the stories of outlaws and laborers, and in his own life experience. A child of the Depression, he grew up in rural Arkansas, where the influences of the Bible, gospel, and country music left a lasting mark. In his many hits, including "I Walk the Line" and "Folsom Prison Blues," Cash had the ability to communicate deep emotions in simple, sparse language.

    Name and likeness under license from the John R. Cash Revocable Trust.

  • An Enduring Legend

    By the 1960s, Cash had become one of the top names in country music with a string of hits to his name. Though his popularity waned in the 1970s and 1980s, Cash made a remarkable resurgence in the 1990s, culminating in several more Grammy awards. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1999 he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Name and likeness under license from the John R. Cash Revocable Trust.

  • From Album Cover to Stamp Art

    The Johnny Cash stamp features a photograph taken by Frank Bez during a photo session for Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash (1963). On one side, the stamp pane resembles a 45 rpm record sleeve, with a larger version of the stamp photograph and the logo for the Music Icons series on the reverse side. Greg Breeding served as the art director and designer for the stamp.

    Name and likeness under license from the John R. Cash Revocable Trust.


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