2019 55¢ Woodstock
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: August 8, 2019
First Day City:
New York, NY
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Flexo, Microprint
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 30,000,000
In August 1969, thousands of people flocked to a New York farm for a weekend of peace, love, and music. Despite overcrowding, rain, and food shortages, they proved peace could win over hate and violence.
During the turbulent 1960s, the hippie culture opposed traditional values and violence. In 1969, four visionaries saw a chance to bring people together and show the world there was another way to live – with freedom and love. They chose to share their message through a music festival in Bethel, New York, near Bob Dylan's hometown of Woodstock.
The organizers planned for 200,000 people, but more than 400,000 attended. Over three days, 32 acts shared their messages of peace. Among them were The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. Huddled together in the rain, dancing in the mud, and sharing food and water, the attendees showed that even in harsh conditions, peace could prevail.
The 1970 documentary Woodstock won an Academy Award, further cementing the festival's place in our culture. The site of the 1969 festival now hosts a museum and was also added to the National Register of Historic Places. Woodstock '69 inspired countless music festivals and anniversary concerts around the world, but none have ever had the cultural impact of the original.