Celebrities on Stamps: David Bowie

Celebrities on Stamps: David Bowie

Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom, Aladdin Sane, The Thin White Duke, Halloween Jack, Elephant Man, Jareth the Goblin King or simply the one and only – David Bowie.


Life & Death

This article is definitely not the place where I could write down everything relevant in the life of such an artist, so I’ll go only with some basic “stuff”.

David Bowie was born in Brixton, London, UK on 8th of January 1947 and died in New York, USA on 10th January 2016. He lived 69 years and 2 days of pretty intense life and he did more than most of us will ever do in their lives.


Let’s just take a quick overview to the some of the greatest music hits he left behind him:

  • “Space Oddity” (1969)
  • “Life on Mars” (1971)
  • “The Man Who Sold the World” (1971)
  • “Changes” (1971)
  • “Starman” (1972)
  • “Ziggy Stardust” (1972)
  • “Rebel Rebel” (1974)
  • “Heroes” (1977)
  • “Ashes to Ashes” (1980)
  • “Under Pressure” (1981)
  • “Let’s Dance” (1983)
  • “China Girl” (1983)
  • “Absolute Beginners” (1986).


He also appeared in numerous movies and series so we could watch him in:

  • The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) as Thomas Jerome Newton,
  • The Hunger (1983) as John Blaylock,
  • Labyrinth (1986) as Jareth the Goblin King
  • Basquiat (1996) as Andy Warhol.


Sex, Drugs & ….

There are many controversies related with Bowie, from changes in his political views and experimenting with drugs and religions plus giving conflicting statements about his sexuality. I won’t focus on that, let’s leave that to tabloids 😊 These have been just different times.



As already mentioned, David Bowie passed away in 2016. On 14th March 2017, Royal Mail put into circulation 10 limited edition commemorative stamps. The motif on 6 of them are covers of his albums while the remaining 4 commemorate his 4 tours. Half of them have the 1ST denomination and the remaining five have the £152 denomination.

So, let’s take a look at them.


Album covers
1st row– Hunky Dory (1971), Aladdin Sane (1973), Heroes (1977)

2nd row– Lets’ dance (1983), Earthling (1997), Blackstar (2016)



Tours commemorative sheet

1st row– The Ziggy Stardust Tour (1973), The Stage Tour (1978)

2nd row– The Serious Moonlight Tour (1983), A Reality Tour (2004)


I hope that you felt at least a little nostalgic while reading this article. Stay tuned because we’ll continue this series in the next week’s article.


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