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29c Bessie Smith stamp

United States Postal Service1994-09-17

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Bessie Smith (1894-1937), the Empress of the Blues, began singing in public as a child for pennies. In 1923, her first recording, "Downhearted Blues," sold an unprecedented 750,000 records. She recorded more than a hundred blues and popular songs, paving the way for future musicians.

Reference: Postal Bulletin (September 1, 1994).

Scott Catalogue USA: 2854

Copyright United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.

Museum ID: 1995.2075.47

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  • Title: 29c Bessie Smith stamp
  • Creator: United States Postal Service
  • Date Created: 1994-09-17
  • Subject Keywords: Bessie Smith, stamp
  • Medium: paper; ink (multicolored); adhesive / lithography

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