David Bowie


Great Britain – 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.

The 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.

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.

ISSUED BY: Royal Mail Press Office on 13 March

Issue Date: 14.03.2017
Designer: Royal Mail Group Ltd based on original design by Studio Dempsey
Printer: International Security Printers
Process: Gravure
Size: 34 x 32 mm
Values: 1st, £1.52