British Songbirds (UK 2017)

[from Royal Mail]

A celebration of British songbirds.
Issue Date: 4th May 2017
REASON & INSPIRATION
This 10-stamp issue explores some familiar and less well-known songbirds, whose song defines the British spring and early summer, from birds with simple songs to those with complex repertoires.

MINT STAMPS IN DETAIL
Price: £6.50
Code: AS2596
Printed in se-tenent strips of five: All First Class.
Technical Details:

Number of stamps: 10
Value of Stamps: 10 x First Class
Design: Stamp Design: Osborne Ross
Illustrations: Federico Gemma
Stamp Size: 35mm x 35mm
Stamp Format: Square
Printer: International Security Printers
Print Process: Lithography
Perforations: 14.5 x 14.5
Phosphor: Bars as appropriate
Gum: PVA The First Day Covers (above) Feature All 10 Mint Stamps and a special First Day of Issue postmark.

David Bowie (UK 2017)

[press release]
ROYAL MAIL TO HONOUR DAVID BOWIE WITH A SET OF 10 SPECIAL STAMPS

  • Royal Mail will issue a set of 10 Special Stamps as a tribute to 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.
  • Six stamps will feature images of the album covers: Hunky Dory; Aladdin Sane; “Heroes”; Let’s Dance; Earthling and ★ (Black Star).
  • Completing the set, four additional stamps will show Bowie 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.
  • Fans can pre-order the stamps from today by visiting www.royalmail.com/davidbowie
  • The stamps will be on sale from 14 March 2017 at www.royalmail.com/davidbowie and from 7,000 Post Office branches across the UK and by calling 03457 641 641

Royal Mail today [January 25, 2017] revealed it will issue a set of 10 Special Stamps to honour David Bowie – 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.

The stamps are issued in the year of what would have been his 70th birthday, and 50 years since his first album release.

Endlessly innovative and pioneering, he is widely regarded as having elevated his music to an art form.

Six of the stamps showcase Bowie’s changing musical styles and personas across the decades and feature images of 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.

Completing the set, 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 pre-order from today at www.royalmail.com/davidbowie and will be on sale from 14 March 2017.

Bowie’s 1972 album cover for The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars was featured in the Classic Album Covers stamp set issued in January 2010.

The only other music artists to have been honoured with a dedicated stamp issue are groups; The Beatles (2010) and Pink Floyd (2015).

A year-long poll undertaken by New Musical Express magazine in 2000 canvassed opinion from musicians worldwide as to the most influential artist. The result of this poll placed Bowie at Number One.

Album cover stamps
Hunky Dory, Bowie’s fourth album and released in December 1971. Time magazine chose it as part of their “100 best albums of all time” list in January 2010.

Aladdin Sane, his sixth album and released in April 1973. The album features the iconic photograph by Brian Duffy.

Heroes, his twelfth studio album and released in October 1977. This was the second instalment of his “Berlin Trilogy” recorded with Brian Eno and Tony Visconti. The title track remains one of Bowie’s best known and acclaimed songs.

Let’s Dance, his fifteenth studio album and released in April 1983. Co-produced by Nile Rodgers, and featuring three of his most successful singles Let’s Dance, Modern Love and China Girl. Let’s Dance is Bowie’s best-selling album.

Earthling, his twentieth studio album and released in February 1997. The striking cover art features Bowie in an Alexander McQueen designed Union Flag coat.

Bowie’s 28th and final studio album, released on his 69th birthday – 8 January 2016 – and charting at No.1 in more than 20 countries. Bowie died two days after the release of ★, the album reaffirming his legacy as modern music’s most unrelenting innovator and topping critics’ ‘Best of 2016’ lists.

Live stamps
The Ziggy Stardust Tour, 1972. The tour promoted The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars studio album and took in the UK, North America, and Japan.

The Serious Moonlight Tour, 1983. The tour was designed to support the Let’s Dancealbum and was Bowie’s longest, largest and most successful concert tour.

The Stage Tour, 1978.  Also known as Isolar II – The 1978 World Tour and The Low / “Heroes” World Tour because it was staged to promote the Low and “Heroes” albums

A Reality Tour, 2004.  Staged to promote the Reality album this tour was to be Bowie’s last tour.

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 14 March 2017, at 7,000 Post Office branches across the UK and www.royalmail.com/davidbowie

Britain’s 2017 Commemorative Stamps

[press release and other sources] [updated January 29th]
Royal Mail Reveals Its Special Stamp Programme For 2017

  • Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme commemorates anniversaries and celebrates events relevant to UK heritage and life
  • Windsor Castle, the world’s oldest and largest occupied castle and an official residence of HM The Queen, will be celebrated with a set of 10 stamps launched in February
  • The 1989 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Desert ‘Dessie’ Orchid is included in Racehorse Legends. The stamp set features original artwork of eight champion horses achieving their greatest wins on UK race courses over six decades
  • One of the most influential music and cultural figures of all time, David Bowie, will be honored with 10 stamps in March
  • The Wren, the most common UK breeding bird, is included in the Songbirds issue – featuring 10 beautiful birds that herald spring and summer.

Royal Mail’s 2017 Special Stamp programme is set to showcase the “Best of British” in a range of subjects from some of the greatest racehorses from the past six decades to beautiful birds that herald spring and summer in the UK.

Windsor Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in world and an official residence of HM The Queen, is celebrated with iconic views of both the interior and exterior of the castle. Featured in the set is an image of the world-famous Round Tower that has dominated the Berkshire skyline for over 800 years.

Racehorse Legends will feature eight champion horses that achieved their greatest wins on UK race courses over the last six decades. The stamp issue features original artwork commissioned by Royal Mail of four flat racers and four national hunt horses captured in action during the course of their iconic wins. Included in the stamp issue is Desert ‘Dessie’ Orchid winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1989.

The Songbirds issue in May will present 10 beautiful birds that herald spring and summer in the UK.

2017 Special Stamp Programme:

January 17:
February 5:
February 15:
February 15:
March 14:
April 6:
May 4:
June 5:
June 20:
July 13:
July 31:
August 22:
September 13:
September 14:
November 7:
Ancient Britain
65th Anniversary of Accession of Queen Elizabeth
Windsor Castle
Post & Go: Royal Mail Heritage – Mail By Rail
David Bowie
Racehorse Legends
Songbirds
The Machin Definitive Anniversary
Windmills and Watermills
Landmark Buildings
First World War: 1917
Classic Toys
Post and Go: Royal Mail Heritage – Mail by Air
Ladybird Books
Christmas