Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Our Favorite Memories of 1993 Elvis Stamp

Graceland loves to celebrate “firsts,” but on August 12, 2015, we’ll be celebrating the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s second commemorative stamp. The first Elvis Presley stamp, which debuted in 1993 and featured a young Elvis, currently holds the record for the most popular U.S. commemorative stamp of all time. Thousands of Elvis fans and stamp enthusiasts from around the world gathered on Graceland’s front lawn on January 8, 1993, Elvis’ birthday, as special guests Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley revealed the Elvis stamp image.  After nearly 1.2 million votes were cast in the contest jokingly termed “Decision ’92,” America had spoken and the choice was clear: the face of young Elvis won by nearly 75 percent. In fact in that year more people voted for their favorite Elvis stamp than voted for President.       The cold, wet weather that day couldn’t keep fans away as a US Postal Service van sold postage stamp sheets and issued cancellations at the Graceland Plaza. At 12:01 a.m., the first Elvis stamp was sold here at Graceland and started a national frenzy of people buying the Elvis stamp. Special guests such as Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter, and Mayor of Shelby County Bill Morris—a close friend of Elvis’—drew a crowd so large that extra seating was available in the Elvis Presley Car Museum, where guests sat on vintage automobile seats and enjoyed a cocktail reception, live music and more.   This ceremony marked the first time Lisa Marie Presley spoke publicly at Graceland. She had just had her second child, Benjamin Keough, but made time to come to her Memphis home to thank all the Elvis fans there at 12:00 a.m. on a rainy January night. Although Lucille Ball and her character Lucy Ricardo are each the subject of a stamp, Elvis remains the only individual to have two commemorative stamps dedicated to him. The dedication ceremony for the second Elvis stamp is August 12, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. on the front lawn at Graceland during Elvis Week 2015. Priscilla Presley and Postmaster General Megan Brennan will both be guests at the ceremony. The public is encouraged to attend this event and use the hashtag #ElvisForever. Are you planning on coming to Graceland for Elvis Week? Do you have a favorite 1993 stamp memory? Share it with us in the comments section...
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