Half a century ago, the psychedelic rockers of Pink Floyd began playing professional gigs for the first time, establishing themselves as a force within London’s underground rock scene. To celebrate the British icons, the Royal Mail is releasing postage stamps in their honor. 

A series of 10 stamps features both the band’s album covers from records like Wish You Were Here, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and The Dark Side of the Moon, and images from their live performances. The band has made grandiose light shows an integral part of their image, to the point where planetariums still play elaborate laser displays to albums like 1973's The Dark Side of the Moon. The live visuals translate surprisingly well onto tiny stamps.


This isn’t the first time the band has graced British postage. In 2010, Royal Mail released a stamp inspired by the album The Division Bell.

The stamps are available for pre-order from Royal Mail, and will arrive in UK post offices in early July. Even if you have no need to send mail from the UK, the designs are worth a peek for both postage and Pink Floyd obsessives alike.

[h/t The Guardian]

All images courtesy of the Royal Mail.