Royal Mail have just announced a series of stamps depicting various iconic album covers from throughout David Bowie’s career. The series has presumably been commissioned as part of the ongoing tributes to Bowie, around what would have been his 70th birthday.
The series consists of ten stamps, six displaying some of Bowie’s best loved artwork in miniature, the other four consisting of candid live shots from throughout his career. With so many world famous album covers to choose from, narrowing it down to six would always mean omitting a few classics, but the albums chosen do give a good overview of Bowie’s long catalogue. From ’70’s, they’ve chosen ‘Hunky Dory’, ‘Aladdin Sane’ and ‘”Heroes”‘, with 1983’s ‘Let’s Dance’, 1996’s ‘Earthling’ and last year’s ‘Blackstar’ rounding things off.
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The four live shots show Bowie on his breakthrough 1973 ‘Ziggy Stardust’ tour, ’78’s ‘Stage’ Tour, ’83’s ‘Serious Moonlight’ shows and finally 2004’s ‘A Reality Tour’. Bowie isn’t the first musician to be featured by Royal Mail, but he is the first solo artist – in 2010 The Beatles got a stamp set and in 2015 Pink Floyd were given the same treatment.
In addition to a simple stamp set, there’s also a variety of collector’s items on offer, the most luxurious of which is an £80 print of the ‘Hunky Dory’ stamp, limited to 950 copies. The stamps don’t release until 14th March, but those looking to pre-order the set can do so here.