Arago: Exhibits


A Musician is Born

United States Master Collection, Scott 1196, Seattle World's Fair

The Seattle World's Fair stamp was issued April 25, 1962. (Scott 1196)

3.1c brown and yellow Guitar coil single

The 3.1-cent Guitar coil stamp was issued on October 25, 1979. (Scott 1613)

Scott 2721

The 29-cent Elvis Presely stamp was issued on his brithday, January 8, 1993. (Scott 2721)

A mention of 1960s America conjures up psychedelic images of war and protest, groovy fashion, drugs, and music. Jimi Hendrix, often recalled more as a legend than a man, embodies the experimental soul of this dramatic decade.

The Seattle native taught himself how to play the guitar as a young boy, but it wasn’t until after seeing Elvis Presley perform that he took up the electric guitar. Besides the hair curlers that he was known for packing whenever he traveled, his guitar was always nearby, and it became a defining part of Hendrix’s persona.