In 1993 the US postal service issued a commemorative postage stamp honoring Elvis Presley’s 58th birthday. Fans mailed envelopes with first-day issues of the stamp to fictitious addresses so that they would receive their letters back, marked with the words “return to sender”.

Return to Sender (song)

“Return to Sender” is song recorded by American singer Elvis Presley and performed in the film Girls! Girls! Girls!. The song was written by Winfield Scott and Otis Blackwell to suit Presley’s rock and roll musical style, in which the singer laments his relationship with a spiteful partner. The song released on September 5, 1962, and published by Elvis Presley Music, becoming a commercial hit and receiving praise for its lyricism and melody.

The song peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, and was the UK Christmas number one of 1962. It was also the first Christmas number one in the Irish Singles Chart. In the United States, “Return to Sender” reached #2 on the American Billboard singles chart, kept out of the top spot by The Four… Continue Reading (5 minute read)

5 thoughts on “In 1993 the US postal service issued a commemorative postage stamp honoring Elvis Presley’s 58th birthday. Fans mailed envelopes with first-day issues of the stamp to fictitious addresses so that they would receive their letters back, marked with the words “return to sender”.”

  1. mr_mcpoogrundle

    Man I know if I tried to do this I’d accidentally pick a legitimate address.

  2. jcmc1982

    Why would anyone honor someone’s 58th birthday??? Could they not have waited 2 more years for his 60th? Am I the only one who has thought this!? Ha!

  3. slinkyminks

    Address unknown!

    No such person. No such zone

  4. squeezermouse

    I did this. Still have the envelope with the Elvis stamp canceled and marked “Return to Sender”.

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