29c Ethel Merman single
- The Postal Service honored five American music legends with the issuance of the Popular Singer commemorative stamps on September 1, 1994, in New York at Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The stamps feature Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Ethel Waters, Nat "King" Cole, and Ethel Merman.
- The Popular Singers stamps were an addition to the Postal Service's Legends of American Music Stamp Series. The series began in 1993 and ran for several years, featuring all generations of American music including jazz, blues, folk, classical, and gospel.
- Ethel Merman (1908-1984), a self-taught singer, was the Queen of Broadway for thirty years. Merman became an overnight success in her debut performance in Gershwin's "Girl Crazy," singing "I Got Rhythm." From then on, her fresh, high-volume style made her a pop music legend. She was the favored performer for many of the major songwriters of the period, including Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin.
- Designed by Chris Payne of Cincinnati, Ohio, the 29-cent stamps in panes of twenty were produced in the photogravure process by Stamp Venturers, Inc.
- Postal Bulletin (August 18, 1994).
- 10.1 horizontal perforations x 10.2 vertical perforations
- Data Source
- National Postal Museum
- Ethel Merman, American, 1908 - 1984
- September 1, 1994
- Credit line
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- paper; ink (multicolored); adhesive / photogravure
- Postage Stamps