On 10th January 2016, the world stopped momentarily. The unexpected news of Bowie’s death shook the nation and was displayed on news channels worldwide. The Legend died of cancer at the age of 69, and fans were absolutely distraught. The iconic rock star had touched the lives of many with his music, lyrics, personality and charity work.
To commemorate the life of the rock icon, the UK’s Royal Mail Group are now honoring ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ in the best way. They have created the most amazing commemorative stamps that showcase his legendary album artwork and covers, and have launched them into space. Because what else is fitting for the Star Man?
The Royal Mail have issued these 52 sets of stamps to the edge of space so that they can fall back to earth in true ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ fashion and to recognize the vital role Bowie played in the music industry with much of his space-themed music. The stamps are even marked with a red lightning bolt hand stamp – Bowie’s trademark. They filmed the stamps being blasted into space and will keep an eye on their descent back down to earth. Their main camera keeps track of a jumbo replica of one of the fifty-two stamps, the ‘Aladdin Sane’ album cover that even has a jumbo vinyl record coming out of it. Super Bowie-esque.
You even have the chance to win these stamps when they eventually fall back to earth. The Royal Mail have set up a competition to all UK residents, and if you guess the stamps’ landing locations correctly…you’ll win the stamps. How cool is that? Not only are they one of a kind – but they’ve also been in space! What a well to commemorate his genius. But you must enter before March 26…Regular versions of the stamps are also available in the UK to buy as a set.
This isn’t the first time the Royal Mail have honored the lives of pop and rock culture icons. They have previously released stamps commemorating the band, Pink Floyd, and the Star Wars films, but the Bowie stamps stand alone. They are the first stamps that have been wholly dedicated to one artist.
So when you look up at the sky tonight, think of these stamps. And think of Bowie. The Star-Man.