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Official John Lennon ‘Forever Stamp’ Coming On September 7th

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The John Lennon commemorative “Forever Stamp” will be issued on September 7th by the United States Postal Service (USPS). The stamps will be issued in a pane of 16, with a design aping a vinyl picture sleeve. The stamps themselves use a famed 1974 photo by legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen, with the photo on the rear using the iconic 1971 Lennon shot of him at his English Tittenhurst Park estate recording “Imagine,” captured by Peter Fordham. “Forever Stamps,” which while purchased at the current first class rate, will always be accepted as a first class stamp throughout the years and never need additional postage as rates increase. Back in 2015, the USPS issued its first new Elvis Presley stamp in 23 years when it introduced “The King’s” “Forever Stamp.”

The USPS said in the press release for the Lennon “Forever Stamp”: “The original black-and-white photograph has been treated in gradations of color: from yellow orange to red in the top row, from red to light purple in the second row, from light purple to dark purple in the third row and from dark purple to blue in the bottom row. Lennon’s signature appears at the top of the stamps. ‘USA,’ the peace symbol, and the Forever denomination appear along the bottom. The stamp pane is designed to resemble a vintage 45 r.p.m. record sleeve. One side of the pane includes the stamps and brief text about Lennon’s legacy, with the image of a sliver of a record seeming to peek out the top of the sleeve.”

Bob Gruen took many of the most iconic shots of Lennon during his solo years. He shed some light on the former-Beatle’s reclusive househusband years during the second half of the 1970’s when the entire world was wondering why he had abandoned recording music: “Y’know, seeing him, he really had dedicated himself to raising his child, he really had kind of withdrawn from the business. He had a very, very, very intense involvement with — y’know, from the Beatles on — being managed by Allen Klein, one of the most powerful managers in the world. I think when that was finally settled in ’77, when they signed off on that, and after that, he was kind of free and I think kind of enjoying not having any commitments to business and to companies. And wanted to learn what it was like to have a life.”

Photo Courtesy of Bob Gruen/Capitol Records

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