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New Janis Joplin postage stamp dedicated in San Francisco ceremony

The new Janis Joplin stamp dedicated Friday in San Francisco.
The new Janis Joplin stamp dedicated Friday in San Francisco.
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The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a new stamp Friday honoring Janis Joplin as part of its Music Icons Forever Stamp series. The stamp was dedicated during a first-day-of-issue ceremony at the Outside Lands Music Festival at Golden Gate Park.

“Today we salute an American original, Janis Joplin,” said Megan Brennan, chief operating officer and executive vice president. “I am honored to dedicate this stamp to pay tribute to one of the most important musicians of the 20th century.”

The artwork for this stamp was designed by Antonio Alcalá and features a June 1970 portrait of Janis Joplin taken in New York City by music photographer David Gahr. The original photograph is rendered in shades of blue, with Joplin’s trademark round sunglasses tinted a dark shade of pink. The words “Janis Joplin,” along with the “Forever” denomination and “USA” appear in psychedelic-style script reminiscent of the 1960s, in shades of gold, orange, and pink.

The stamp is the fifth in the Postal Service’s Music Icons series. Previous stamps include those for Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix. “The recognition of her legacy and persona on such a permanent and iconic symbol as a United States postage stamp is truly humbling and it fills us with joy and pride,” said Michael Joplin, Joplin’s brother, who attended ceremony.

“I am happy for Janis that her image stands strong, representing the power, artistry and independence of women, said Joplin’s sister, Laura Joplin. “As a rock and roll icon of the turbulent 1960's era, Janis's inclusion helps remind us of the positive strength of an era devoted to peace, love and — as Janis said — "Be True to Yourself." Customers may purchase the Janis Joplin stamps as a pane of 16 at the U.S. Postal Service website, the Postal Store, by phone at 1-800-STAMP24 (1-800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

The first-day-of-issue postmark can be purchased by mail for 60 days. To do so, affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others and place them in larger envelopes addressed to Janis Joplin Stamp, Retail Manager, P.O. Box 7838, San Francisco, CA 94120-7838. The Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50.

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