Two American icons will be seen on a lot of envelopes next month when stamps featuring musician Jimi Hendrix and actor Charlton Heston go on sale.
Hendrix, who died 43 years ago at the age of 27, will be remembered as part of the United States Postal Service's Music Icons series, which honored Lydia Mendoza, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles last year.
The colorful stamp depicts Hendrix rocking out on his guitar in a military jacket and scarf. A dedication ceremony for the stamp took place Thursday (March 13) at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX.
“I am deeply touched and so are other members of the Hendrix family by the issuance of this stamp, and I wish to thank the United States Postal Service for bestowing one of our nation’s highest honors on my brother Jimi,” Janie Hendrix, sister of the late guitarist, said in a statement.
“While my brother has been cited many times as being among the most influential musicians of all time, the recognition implicit in his being portrayed on a U.S. postage stamp ranks as an unparalleled honor.”
Heston will be honored as part of the Legends of Hollywood series. The actor, who died in 2008 at the age of 84, won an Oscar for 1959's Ben-Hur and appeared in classic films such as The Ten Commandments and Planet of the Apes.
His stamp is modeled after a photo taken by the actor's wife and will be officially unveiled April 11 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Heston's son Frazier is expected to speak.
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