Artwork for Elvis stamp

Mark Stutzman (born 1958)
Acrylic on illustration board, 1993 (date issued)

U.S. Postal Service-Stamp Services, Rossyln, VA
© U.S. Postal Service

In 1992, the United States Postal Service held a competition to find an image of Elvis for a commemorative stamp. The USPS then chose two images from those submitted and asked Americans to vote for their favorite image of Elvis: the young rocker of the 1950s or the early 1970s–style Las Vegas and concert mega-showman. More than a million votes were counted, and the young Elvis portrait by Mark Stutzman was chosen for the stamp. The Elvis Presley commemorative issue was released on January 8, 1993—what would have been Elvis’s fifty-eighth birthday—and became the most popular stamp of all time, with a printing of 500 million.