The United States Postal Service will begin issuing a Forever Stamp honoring local icon Pete Seeger. The stamp is set to be released next Thursday.
Seeger will appear on the new stamp in part of the Postal Service’s Music Icon Series. According to the USPS, generations of fans regard Seeger not just as a folk singer but also as a folk hero.
The stamp art features a color-tinted black-and-white photograph taken in the early 1960s by Dan Seeger, the performer’s son. Pete Seeger is shown in left profile, singing and playing his iconic banjo.
The stamp pane is designed to resemble a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the pane includes the 16 stamps, the image of a record sliver seeming to pick out the top of the sleeve, and a short verso text. On the reverse is a larger version of the stamp-art photograph, the words “Pete Seeger FOLK SINGER,” and the logo for the Music Icons series.
Born in New York to musician parents, Seeger intuitively took to any musical instrument put within his reach. Rural Southern folk music he heard during early family travels, and the five-string banjo that characterized it, would define his long career.
Seeger raised his family in Beacon, in a log cabin they built on the mountainside overlooking the Hudson River. Seeger became alarmed by its intensifying water pollution. To publicize the problem, he spearheaded efforts to build a tall-masted wooden boat like those of past centuries. Five decades later, the sloop Clearwater is still the working centerpiece of an effective environmental program and a model for other programs worldwide.
During the civil rights movement, Seeger’s song, “We Shall Overcome” because the movement’s anthem. He is also known for several popular songs such as, “If I Had a Hammer,” “Michael Row the Boat Ashore, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and many others.
Seeger passed away in 2014 at the age of 94.
The stamps will cost 60 cents apiece.