Music and the Performing Arts

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29-cent Elvis single, January 8, 1993

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Jazz Flourishes stamp art
Exhibition
New York City is a vibrant hub for music, film, dance and visual art. The city’s cultural and ethnic diversity has long influenced its music and dance heritage, with jazz, rock, hip-hop, salsa, and other styles thriving in all five boroughs. New York City is also home to many musical conservatories and landmarks, such as the Metropolitan Opera House and Carnegie Hall.
Spiritual Harmonizers pose for a photo
Research Articles
Music has been present in the postal employee community from the time employee groups began to organize.
Sheet music for the “Postal March and Two Step”
Exhibition
By its very nature popular music represents themes and ideas of...
Illustration of Grandpa playing guitar and singing The Owney Song to Sam
Exhibition
Enjoy a musical telling of the Owney Story, sung by Trace Adkins and written by Stephen Michael Schwartz.
Exhibition

This virtual exhibition is the fourth in a series of four focusing on the accomplishments of women featured on stamps. In Women on Stamps: Part 4, we feature women who have made significant contributions to the performing arts.

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In Memoriam....Jimi Hendrix dies September 18, 1970

On September 18, 1970, legendary musician Jimi Hendrix died. In celebration of Hendrix's life and music, the National Postal Museum has created this mini-exhibit highlighting different postage stamps with connections to Jimi Hendrix and the era in American history that he helped shape.

African Americans in Jazz, Poetry and Beyond

Since the founding of the United States, African Americans have played a pivotal role in American history and heritage. This exhibit showcases African Americans in music, poetry, film, theatre, choreography, and writers in the United States through the lens of American postage stamps.