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Graceland Stamp Campaign

January 05, 2009 | Other

The Memphis Elvis fan club has formed a committee to request the issuance of a U.S. Postal Stamp commemorating Graceland Mansion. The club will be posting online petitions after the Birthday week and will send the links when available. The club asks fans in Memphis to visit the Guest Services area at Graceland and sign the petition. These will be sent to Jean Picker Firstenberg, the chairperson of the Citizens Stamp Committee. 

This is a very long process and the target date is 2014 which is the 75th anniversary of Graceland. The committee meets three times a year. Once the request is introduced to the committee, they will evaluate the worthiness of the subject. Below is from their website and it explains the criteria for the issuance.

On behalf of the Postmaster General, the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) is tasked with evaluating the merits of all stamp proposals. Established in 1957, the Committee provides the Postal Service with a "breadth of judgment and depth of experience in various areas that influence subject matter, character and beauty of postage stamps."

The Committee's primary goal is to select subjects of broad national interest for recommendation to the Postmaster General that are both interesting and educational. In addition to Postal Service's extensive line of mail use stamps, approximately 25 new subjects for commemorative stamps are recommended each year. Stamp selections are made with all postal customers in mind, not just stamp collectors. A good mix of subjects, both interesting and educational, is essential."

Only U.S. and territory citizens are eligible to sign. If you have a fan club, please pass this information on to your members. You can return the signed petitions to Gigi Ballester.

Gigi Ballester
P.O. Box 195
Ellendale, TN 38029

Even more effective are personally signed letters sent to the committee.

These letters are to be mailed to:
Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development
U.S. Postal Service
1735 North Lynn St., Suite 5013
Arlington, VA 22209-6432

Source:Elvis Unlimited
elvislives72 wrote on January 05, 2009
This is a nice campaign to be pushing for. Graceland is just as popular world wide as the White House is. in fact millions who travel to America come here to see Graceland not the Lincoln memorial or the White House. This should get passed.
Brian Quinn wrote on January 06, 2009
A worthy campaign. Graceland deserves this honour.