The stamps that fell to earth: Royal Mail launches Bowie stamps – into space
Bowie falling to earth
Ziggy in space
Ziggy in space
Fans of David Bowie can, from today, get their hands on the popular stamps issued by Royal Mail to honour one of the most influential music and cultural figures of all time.
This is the first time Royal Mail has dedicated an entire stamp issue to an individual music artist or cultural figure.
In homage to Bowie’s immortal role in Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth, 52 First Day Covers, featuring a full set of album cover stamps, have been launched into space. Fans who correctly guess where ‘the stamps that fell to earth’ landed, can win one of the limited edition First Day Covers.
The stamps have been postmarked with a special edition red handstamp of the iconic thunderbolt from the cover of Bowie’s Aladdin Sane.
Details are available on Royal Mail’s Special Stamp social channels:
The 10-stamp set features six images from some of his most admired and defining album covers: Hunky Dory; Aladdin Sane; “Heroes”; Let’s Dance; Earthling and ★. The arc of the vinyl album protrudes from the right hand side of each stamp.
The remaining four stamps show Bowie in action performing live on tours across four decades; The Ziggy Stardust Tour, 1972; The Stage Tour, 1978; The Serious Moonlight Tour, 1983; and A Reality Tour, 2004.
The stamps and a range of limited edition souvenirs are available to buy from today at www.royalmail.com/davidbowie and from 7,000 Post Office branches across the UK and by calling 03457 641 641.
*Bowie’s first professional recording in 1964 with the release of Liza Jane as Davie Jones with the King Bees until his death in 2016.
Album cover stamps
Philip Parker, Royal Mail stamp Strategy manager, said: “For five decades David Bowie was at the forefront of contemporary culture, and has influenced successive generations of musicians, artists, designers and writers. Royal Mail’s stamp issue celebrates this unique figure and some of his many celebrated personas.”
The stamps are available from today, at 7,000 Post Office branches across the UK and www.royalmail.com/davidbowie
ISSUED BY: Royal Mail Press Office on 13 March.
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About Royal Mail Special Stamps
For more than 50 years Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme has commemorated anniversaries and celebrated events relevant to UK heritage and life. Today, there are an estimated 2.5 million stamp collectors and gift givers in the UK and millions worldwide. Her Majesty The Queen approves all UK stamp designs before they are issued.
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