Starman Stamps: Royal Mail to honour David Bowie with a special set of stamps

  • The Thin White Duke is the latest cultural icon to be acknowledged by a signature series of stamps
  • 6 of his iconic album covers and 4 of his live tours are featured
  • The stamps are available from 14th March

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By RS TONER @rstoner808  FOR VOXRADIOLAMBETH @voxradiolambeth


On 14th March, in the year that would have marked his 70th birthday, Royal Mail honours the late, great David Bowie with an exclusive set of ten stamps as part of their Music Giants Special Stamp series.  The stamps feature artwork from 6 of Bowie’s classic albums and 4 of his ground-breaking tours.

Royal Mail have had themed stamps before and in recent years have marked the arts and culture (there was a set of Star Wars stamps released in 2015).  In fact Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’ album previously featured in a 2010 set of classic albums picked by Jimmy Page. Whilst Royal Mail have previously honoured musical acts such as The Beatles and Pink Floyd, this is the first time an individual cultural icon has had a set devoted to them.

Philip Parker Royal Mail’s 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 on sale from 14th March and are available to buy directly from Royal Mail online.


Which cultural icon would you like to see on the next set of Royal Mail stamps? {tweet us with your alternative suggestions}#Bowiestamps

— VoxRadio (@voxradiolambeth) January 30, 2017


The stamps featuring 6 of Bowie’s classic albums and 4 of his world tours


Presentation packs, fan sheets and framed stamps are also available from the Royal Mail Website


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Acknowledgements Hunky Dory, Let’s Dance, Earthling and Blackstar album covers © Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC; Aladdin Sane album cover © Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC and Duffy Archive Limited; “Heroes” album cover © Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC and Masayoshi Sukita. The Ziggy Stardust Tour, 1973, London © Ilpo Musto/REX/Shutterstock; The Stage Tour, 1978, Frankfurt © Hans H Kirmer/DPA/PA Images; The Serious Moonlight Tour, 1983, Brussels © Andre Csillag/REX/Shutterstock; A Reality Tour, 2004, Isle of Wight, photo by Mark Shenley © Camera Press London; miniature sheet border image of The Glass Spider Tour, 1987, Mendig © DPA/Alamy Stock Photo.


See also:

Bowie’s Silhouettes and Shadows

Starman Road?

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