21 September 2021
The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has issued three new stamps featuring illustrations of John Lennon, to mark this year’s International Day of Peace.
The three stamps, in values of $1.30, CHF 1.50 and €1) feature black and white illustrations of Lennon engraved by renowned engraver Martin Mörck, whilst three souvenir sheets, with values of $2.60, CHF 2.60 and €2.85 reproduce the lyrics of his famous song ‘Imagine’ alongside the photographs of the singer-songwriter on which the stamp images are based.
The release of the stamps also coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the recording of ‘Imagine’, which was released in 1971and became the most successful single of Lennon’s solo career.
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The song has been performed at some of the world’s biggest events, including concerts for Peace, Hunger, New Year’s celebrations and at several Olympic Games.
A spokesperson for the UNPA said:
‘We can best honour the International Day of Peace by standing up against acts of hate, and by spreading compassion, kindness and hope so the world can “live as one” – just as John Lennon imagined.’
The International Day of Peace is observed yearly on the 21 September.
The United Nations has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. It is an occasion for all of humanity to put aside their differences and contribute to promoting a culture of peace around the world
Issue date: 21 September 2021, www.unstamps.org