Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

Music Giants: Pink Floyd - 7 July 2016

Pink Floyd are arguably the most visually literate band of all time, as well as being among the most successful.  2016 marks 50 years since Pink Floyd turned professional and became the ‘house band’ of the London Underground movement of music and arts, under original leader Syd Barrett.

They have employed leading image makers for their iconic album covers, most notably Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis. Their live appearances were legendary and they were among the first groups to make extensive use of light shows and projection of films for their appearances, increasing in ambition over the decades. These two areas are explored in the stamp set, which has ten stamps in total.
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Set of 6 stamps showing Pink Floyd Album Covers. 
  1st class: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967), Atom Heart Mother (1970) and The Dark Side of the Moon (1973);
£1.52: Animals (1977), Wish You Were Here (1975) and The Endless River (2014)

Pink Floyd 'Live' stamp Miniature sheet. 

1st class:  The UFO Club 1966, The Dark Side of the Moon Tour (1973)
£1.52: The Wall Tour 1981, The Division Bell Tour 1994.
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon stamp sheet.  Pink Floyd Syd Barrett cover.

Premium Price products.
Dark Side of the Moon Maxi-sheet - limited edition of 10,000 price £12.95 (face value of stamps £6.40)
Syd Barrett Souvenir Cover with two 1st class stamps, one from the set one from the MS - limited edition of 3,000 - £24.99
See Royal Mail's website for these and other special editions


Any Pink Floyd fans will know all there is to know, which will be much more than the information provided by Royal Mail, so I am not going to devote much space here.

Technical details:

The 34.5 x 31.5 mm stamps deisgned by Royal Mail using an original design by Studio Dempsey, responsible for the original Album Covers stamps in 2010.  Printed by International Security Printers in gravure in sheets of 50 self-adhesive stamps.
The 192 x 74 mm Miniature Sheet was designed by Royal Mail.  Contains 60 x 30 mm stamps on gummed paper, perforated ??, and printed by International Security Printers in Lithography. 

Acknowledgements: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Atom Heart Mother, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here and Animals album covers © Pink Floyd Music Ltd; The Endless River album cover © Pink Floyd (1987) Ltd; photography of album covers by John Ross.   UFO Club photo © Adam Ritchie Photography; The Dark Side of the Moon Tour and The Wall Tour photos © Jill Furmanovsky/Rockarchive; The Division Bell Tour photo © Denis O’Regan/Corbis; miniature sheet border photo of The Division Bell Tour © Jill Furmanovsky/Rockarchive. All stamp images Royal Mail ©2016 reproduced with permission.

Products available from Royal Mail - we will not be stocking these, although we do have the Division Bell stamps, other Album Covers stamps, and FDCs in our shop (click here).    Division Bell stamp.

Set of 6 stamps, miniature sheet.  Presentation Pack containing set and miniature sheet 

Set of 11 stamp cards  Two First Day Covers  Numerous special edition items aimed at non-philatelic collectors.

Special first day of issue postmarks are shown on Royal Mail's website.

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This page created 17 June 2016.

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