Elvis Rules First-Class Postage

When Elvis sang Return to Sender in 1962, first-class postage was just four cents. The U.S. Postal Service says the 29-cent stamp with Elvis' image on it, is still the most popular stamp. Fans have snapped up about 125 million of the Elvis stamps.

JOHN YDSTIE, host:

The rising cost of postage made us think back all the way to 1962 when this song was a hit.

(Soundbite of song "Return to Sender")

Mr. ELVIS PRESLEY (Musician): (Singing) Bright and early next morning, he brought my letter back...

YDSTIE: When Elvis Presley sang "Return to Sender," stamps were just four cents.

(Soundbite of song "Return to Sender")

Mr. PRESLEY: (Singing) Address unknown.

YDSTIE: Elvis is still the king, at least when it comes to postage. The 29-cent stamp with his image is the most popular of all time, according to the U.S. Postal Service. Fans have snapped up about 125 million Elvis stamps since it debuted in 1993. Some collectors have even used them on letters to wrong addresses so they'd come back marked return to sender.

(Soundbite of song "Return to Sender")

Mr. PRESLEY: (Singing) Return to sender. Return to sender. Return to sender.

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm John Ydstie.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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