Today marks the first-day-of-issue for the United States Postal Service‘s “John Lennon Forever” stamp. The release is the latest addition to its Music Icons stamp series and was commemorated with a ceremony in New York City’s Central Park.
Lennon, a rock and pop music icon, is world renowned as a founding member of the Beatles and a successful solo artist. The Beatles still hold records for a string of hits released from 1962-1970, including “All You Need is Love,” which served as an anthem for Lennon’s humanitarian endeavors, making him a symbol for spreading peace and acceptance.
The Music Icons: John Lennon Commemorative Forever stamp features a photo of Lennon taken by noted rock ’n’ roll photographer Bob Gruen in August 1974. Taken on the rooftop of Lennon’s Manhattan apartment, the photograph is part of a series of images taken by Gruen during the photo session for Lennon’s 1974 album Walls and Bridges. The original black-and-white image was treated in gradations of color to create the artwork for this stamp, which is available for purchase starting today.
The whole stamp sheet though, is meant to resemble a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve, complete with a sliver of a record seeming to peek out from behind the stamps.