Performing Arts Series
On May 24, 1978, the USPS issued the first stamp in the Performing Arts Series, honoring Jimmie Rodgers.
The Jimmie Rodgers stamp was issued on May 24, 1978, in his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi. The stamp issue coincided with the town’s annual Jimmie Rodgers Festival. The stamp shows Rodgers as the “Singing Brakeman,” a character based on his previous experience on the railroad that he later also portrayed in a short film. Called the “Father of Country Music,” Rodgers was the first person ever inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.