Published on September 12th, 2018 | by Sam Rose
Commemorative John Lennon Stamps Released in the U.S
In the latest addition to their Music Icons stamp series, the U.S Postal Service have been giving a twist and shout about their commemorative stamp to honor iconic singer and songwriter John Lennon.
During a day-of-issue ceremony held in New York City’s Central Park last week, the U.S Postal Office unveiled a new stamp dedicated to the life of the iconic John Lennon. Famous for being a founding member of the legendary group The Beatles during the 60’s, Lennon also established himself as a successful solo artist during the 70s and 80s. With a posthumous induction in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and a double induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the U.S Post Office’s commemorative stamp release will be one that philatelic fans and music fans will no doubt be clamoring to own.
Commemorating the Life of John Lennon
Speaking at the stamp dedicative event at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan spoke of John Lennon’s importance in music history along with his work outside of it. “It’s a privilege to commemorate the life of John Lennon – one of the most celebrated musicians and iconic personalities of the 20th century. The world was influenced by John Lennon’s music and his commitment to the ideals of peace and unity. We continue to be inspired by his memory.”
The John Lennon Commemorative Forever Stamp Design
The image inspiration behind the stamp harkens back to a photo of Lennon taken by the notable rock and roll photographer Bob Gruen. Dating back to August 1974, the photo features the scenery of Lennon’s Manhattan apartment rooftop and is part of a series of images that Gruen captured during a photography session for Lennon’s album released in 1974, ‘Walls and Bridges’. Whilst the original image was depicted in black and white, this stamp design features bright gradients of various colours which provide the focus piece of the striking artwork.
To provide a vintage feel, the stamp pane has also been designed to help resemble a vinyl record sleeve. When viewing one side of the pane, it includes the stamp artwork along with a brief piece of text which highlights John Lennon’s legacy. When viewing the reverse, it contains a black and white photograph sat at his piano, accompanied by Lennon’s signature and the Music Icons series logo. Avid fans will probably recognise the origin of this photograph, as it was a photo taken by photographer Peter Fordham, with its original purpose being to help promote Lennon’s historic 1971 solo album, ‘Imagine.’
If reading this has left you with a collectibles itch, remember that the Post Office Shop has a wide range of Themed Stamps and Collectibles available to purchase including tributes to the history of the Old Vic theatre and a flashback to the epic voyage of Captain Cook.