This miniature sheet of 9 postage stamps of images of Elvis Presley from many different moments in his career as both an actor and a singer was issued by São Tomé and Príncipe – officially the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, a Portuguese-speaking island nation in the Gulf of Guinea – in 2005 to mark the 70th Anniversary of Elvis’s birth on 8 January, 1935.
Check out Frank Sinatra who makes an appearance in the bottom row in a still from The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: Welcome Home Elvis and Elvis in costume for the 1965 movie Harum Scarum (aka Harem Holiday) middle right.
The background to the miniature sheet is very amusing – whilst a pink Cadillac reminds us all of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, quite why astronauts Armstrong, Collins and Aldrin from the Apollo 11 crew, not to mention a British Airways Concorde plane on take off, are also featured is anybody’s guess!
These stamps are actually precancels and would have been cancelled by the postal authorities on 11 January 2005 and never intended for any other market than that of collectors, although the stamps are official and postally valid; the second-smallest African country in terms of population, São Tomé and Príncipe hardly requires the number of postage stamps it releases for the collectors’ market.
Stamp values: 9 x 7000 Dbs. (Dobra)