Two of the most iconic people from the entertainment field, Marvin Gaye and Gregory Hines are getting their own commemorative stamps in 2019. The US Postal Service’s new Forever Stamps will feature the Hines and Gaye stamps.
The stamp program has long been celebrating people, events, and cultural milestones from the history of the United States. The program dates back to 1847 and the tradition will be continued even in 2019.
“The miniature works of art illustrated in the 2019 stamp program offer something for everyone’s interest about American history and culture,” said US Postal Service Stamp Services Executive Director Mary-Anne Penner. “From legendary poet Walt Whitman to the entertainment genius of Gregory Hines (and Marvin Gaye) to the majestic beauty of our Wild and Scenic Rivers, this program is diverse and wide ranging and tells America’s story on stamps,” she added.
Gregory Hines (1946-2003), a dancer, actor, singer, and choreographer, who injected new styles with his tap dancing skills, will be honored by the 42nd stamp in the Black Heritage series. Hines is remembered as a versatile performer who danced and sang on Broadway, television and movies. The stamp has been designed by the art director Derry Noyes and it showcases Hines’ photograph from 1988, clicked by Jack Mitchell.
Marvin Gaye (1934-1984) is being honored by the US Postal Service in its new stamp in the music Icons series. Gaye was one of the most influential music performers of his generation. Also known as the “Prince of Motown” and “Prince of Soul”, Gaye has won many hearts throughout his career.
His stamp design is inspired by historic photographs, featuring his portrait. The pane of the stamp is designed to resemble a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. A brief text about his legacy is written on one side of the pane. On the reverse, another portrait, also inspired by historic photographs, along with the Music Icons series logo is printed. The stamp pane has been designed by art director Derry Noyes, with the original art by Kadir Nelson.