U.S. Postal Service to Honor Johnny Cash With Commemorative Stamp
The Man in Black being honored by the United States Postal Service. The USPS has announced that Johnny Cash will be among those gracing postage stamps as part of this year's 'Music Icons' stamp series.
According to the website BeyondThePerf.com (website for the US Philatelic collection), the Cash signature stamp was designed to resemble the record sleeve of a 45 rpm record. The stamp features a vintage head shot of the Cash with a black background. A font that harkens back to the days when Cash was releasing albums states his name on the bottom of the stamp.
According to Today.com, USPS representative Mark Saunders says it's not easy to make the cut and be honored with a your likeness on a stamp:
"We get about 40,000 suggestions for stamp ideas each year but only about 20 topics make the cut. These suggestions are reviewed by the Postmaster General’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory whose role is to narrow down that 40,000 to roughly 20 and then provide their recommendations to the Postmaster General for final approval."
The Johnny Cash stamp is being issued as a 'Forever' stamp, which means it will always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. There's been no announcement yet as to when the Johnny Cash stamp will be available in 2013.