29c Carter Family stamp

United States Postal Service1993-09-25

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum
Washington, DC, United States

One of four stamps honoring legendary performers of country music — Patsy Cline, the Carter Family, Hank Williams, and Bob Wills — featured in the 1993 American Music Series: Country Music issue.

Sara Dougherty Carter (1898-1979) and Maybelle Carter (1909-1978) were cousins that formed their own country music group, The Carter Family. The third musician within the group was Maybelle Carter’s husband, Alvin P. Carter. Sara acted as the lead vocalist within the group, while Maybelle played the lead guitar. The Carter Family started out performing more traditional folk and gospel songs throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s, and split up in the 1940’s. However, despite the group’s deterioration, Maybelle and Sara remained active within the country music scene as late as the folk revival movement of the 1960’s. Due to their contributions to the country music genre, the group was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970.

Scott Catalogue USA: 2776

Copyright United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.

Museum ID: 1994.2073.74


  • Title: 29c Carter Family stamp
  • Creator: United States Postal Service
  • Date Created: 1993-09-25
  • Medium: paper; ink (multicolored) / photogravure

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