US Stamps

USPS hopes second Elvis stamp will be huge success

June 10, 2015 08:48 AM

Ever since the first Elvis Presley stamp was issued in 1993, the United States Postal Service has sought to capture the magic that stamp generated among the public, according to a June 9 report in The Washington Post.

“This summer postal officials are going to try again, dedicating a second [Elvis] stamp at a First-Day-of-Issue ceremony on Aug. 12 at the late entertainer’s Graceland estate,” writes Post reporter Lisa Rein.

For additional background, Rein contacted Linn's associate editor Michael Baadke and Linn's Washington correspondent Bill McAllister.

“There are still millions of Elvis fans out there who will buy the stamp,” Baadke said in the Post story. “But it’s unlikely it will make a big a splash. The numbers are likely to be reduced, simply because fewer people are using letter mail.”

McAllister's entertaining linns.com blog post about the first Elvis stamp also is cited. “I have attended many stamp ceremonies since than rainy night, but I have never seen anything to match the enthusiasm of those crowds in Memphis or the Presley birthplace of Tupelo, Miss.,” McAllister writes.

Rein concludes her report by observing that the original Elvis stamp represented the “glory days” for the Postal Service.