USPS to Honor John Lennon With Stamp

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The U.S. Postal Service revealed on Tuesday (Dec. 12) that John Lennon would be the latest addition to its Music Icons series, with a stamp featuring the late Beatle. In their announcement, the USPS noted that the newest stamp: “honors singer and songwriter John Lennon (1940–1980), a rock ’n’ roll hero successful both as a founding member of the Beatles and as a solo artist.”

From the USPS: “The USPS launched the Music Icons stamp series in 2013. The selected performers for the series, representing diverse eras and types of music, are featured on stamps with panes that feature the Music Icons logo so that each issue is branded like a record label release. Each pane resembles the sleeve of a 45 rpm single, with the sliver of a record seeming to peek out the top of one side, and a full color ‘cover’ image on the other.”

Tejano performer Lydia Mendoza inaugurated the Music Icons series in May 2013. The following month, country star Johnny Cash was featured as the second of the series. In September 2013, Ray Charles became the third honoree. Jimi Hendrix received the honor as the fourth entry in March 2014. Janis Joplin joined the short list in August 2014. One year later, in August 2015, Elvis Presley was added to the Music Icons series.

The Janis Joplin stamp, issued by the USPS in 2014

In the Dec. 12 announcement, the USPS revealed that a stamp honoring legendary performer and civil rights activist Lena Horne would be added to the Black Heritage series, and that Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers) would have his own stamp, noting, “His groundbreaking public television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity and honesty.”

Related: The Royal Mail created a series of stamps honoring David Bowie in 2017

The USPS has a detailed list of rules for stamp subject selection criteria which include:

“U.S. postage stamps and stationery will primarily feature American or American-related subjects. Other subjects may be considered if the subject had significant impact on American history, culture or environment.

“The Postal Service will honor extraordinary and enduring contributions to American society, history, culture or environment.

“Living people will not be considered at the present time. Beginning in 2018, proposals for a deceased individual will be considered three years following his/her death.”

Lennon received his U.S. Resident Alien registration in 1976 and was told he would be eligible for U.S. citizenship in five years. He was slain in December 1980 before he had the opportunity to do so.

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  1. Steven O
    #1 Steven O 14 December, 2017, 15:32

    Ironically, Lennon was under investigation by the FBI for several years. Now his face will be on a U.S. postage stamp. 🙂

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  2. Brad
    #2 Brad 15 December, 2017, 01:58

    Instead of ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ it will now be ‘Roll Over Dick Nixon.’

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  3. Shiva
    #3 Shiva 17 December, 2017, 10:45

    Love it. John Lennon continues to inspire millions

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  4. Penny
    #4 Penny 17 December, 2017, 11:43

    That’s so awesome,he was a talented man and what other way to honor him,his music will live on forever

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  5. donnas
    #5 donnas 18 December, 2017, 03:25

    He proved nixon was a liar ,after they admitted lennons phone was tapped

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  6. Guillermo
    #6 Guillermo 7 January, 2018, 11:46

    Ironically enough, it was Presidential contender, consumer protection and environmentalist extraodinaire Ralph Nader , a huge fan of the Beatles, who was the most prominent American to be publicly opposed to the USPS’s decision to issue the Elvis commemorative US$0.29 stamp, as it would take “1 million of these stamps to be kept by collectors for it to make any profit for the USPS”. After two months, the USPS managed to sell each and every one the 500 million stamps it printed, with some 124 million of them having been kept by collectors, thus making a US$36 million profit for the USPS (or US$51.5 million in 2017 dollars). All of those numbers were, and continue to be, to this date, all time records for the USPS. Only Elvis has been able to do this and given how people communicate nowadays, the chances of his records in this regard being broken in future are NIL

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