Second Stamp in Music Icons Series Revealed: Johnny Cash

We are very excited this morning to reveal the second stamp in the new Music Icons series. This one honors Johnny Cash (1932–2003).

Known to many simply as “the Man in Black,” Johnny Cash sang of love, loss, hardship, and faith, telling the story of the nation one person at a time. Best remembered internationally as a country music artist with an unmistakable bass-baritone voice, Cash also influenced folk, gospel, rock, and other genres. His many hits include “I Walk the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues.”


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

For the stamp art, art director and stamp designer Greg Breeding chose a photograph of Johnny Cash taken during the photo session for Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash (1963). The photo was taken by Frank Bez for Columbia Records (now part of Sony Music Entertainment). Breeding designed the square stamp and pane to resemble the appearance of a 45 rpm record sleeve.

The Johnny Cash stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. A release date has not yet been set.

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The Postal Service™ is proud of its role in portraying the American experience to a world audience through the issuance of postage stamps and postal stationery. Each year the Postal Service issues commemorative stamps reflecting subjects of national significance and appeal. More than 160 years of stamp development has yielded an incredible archive of imagery and commentary reflecting American culture and society. Even in this fast-changing world, stamps are still a versatile and convenient method of postage. And stamp collecting is a lifetime hobby that is fun and educational for all ages. Stamp collecting is easy to start without a big investment. It is also a great way to learn about the world and its many wonders, opening the door to an exciting universe of history, science, geography, the arts, technology, and sports. Our mission is to provide universal service that is prompt, reliable, efficient, affordable, and self-sustaining. Throughout its history the Postal Service has grown with the nation, binding it together by ensuring that everyone, everywhere, has the same ability to communicate regardless of technological change.

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