David Bowie Stamps to Be Released by Royal Mail

30 January 2017

We’re so excited to share the Royal Mail’s news about releasing a special edition of stamps commemorating six Bowie album covers as well as four of his tours.

A full set of 10 postage stamps with limited edition souvenirs and gifts will go into circulation from 14 March 2017.

David Bowie Special Stamps Issue by The Royal Mail, 2017

David Bowie Special Edition 1st Class & £1.52, 2017

For the first time in history, The Royal Mail is dedicating an entire collection to an individual musician or cultural figure. David Bowie, who was hugely influential in both music and culture throughout his long career, lost his battle with cancer on January 10 in 2016. The stamps are issued in the year which would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday. It also marks 50 years since his first album was released.

Six of the stamps will feature iconic Bowie album covers: Hunky Dory (1971), Aladdin Sane (1973), Heroes (1977), Let’s Dance (1983), Earthling (1977) and his final album Blackstar (2016).
The other four stamps will show images of Bowie performing live during his Ziggy Stardust Tour (1972), The Stage Tour (1978), The Serious Moonlight Tour (1983) and A Reality Tour (2004).

Hunky Dory, 1971
Aladdin Sane, 1973
Heroes, 1977
Let's Dance, 1983
Earthling, 1997
Blackstar, 2016
A Reality Tour, 2004
The Serious Moonlight Tour, 1983
The Stage Tour, 1978
The Ziggy Stardust Tour, 1973

The Royal Mail has paid tribute to musicians before, and last summer it published a 10-stamp Pink Floyd set, which also featured six album covers and four performances.

Alongside the special stamps, first day covers and presentation packs, this exciting issue will feature several limited edition David Bowie souvenirs and gifts, some of which have an edition limit of just 950 pieces.

There will be many stamp collectors and Bowie’s fans alike (our digital officer Ash too!) who will be chasing the limited editions from March 14th at Post Office branches across the UK and also online from the Royal Mail website. So brave yourselves!

We think that in a time when more and more music is being streamed and downloaded, it is fantastic to bring album covers back to life through the art of stamps.

– The Postal Museum Team 💌