Today the full pane of Miles Davis and Edith Piaf stamps was revealed. What do you think? Gorgeous right?!
The great American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis (1926-1991) epitomized “cool” style and was one of the most important musicians of his era; the stamp art depicts him in a kinetic performance pose, suggesting his extraordinary, charismatic intensity.
French chanteuse Edith Piaf (1915-1963) is best known for her song “La Vie en Rose” (“Life in Pink”), which can still be heard on the streets of Paris today. In the stamp art, Piaf is shown wearing her signature black dress and using the expressive hand movements that marked her performances.
Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps using an undated, black-and-white photo of Piaf from the Michael Ochs Archives and a black-and-white photo of Davis, from 1970, by David Gahr. Follow the link for a fascinating look at his design process.
Edith Piaf and Miles Davis are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. The stamps will be made available later this year. My music friends will be ecstatic!
Name, image and likeness of Miles Davis with permission from Miles Davis Properties, LLC.
Edith Piaf Photograph by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Miles Davis Photograph © 2011, the estate of David Gahr. All rights reserved.