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Old 01-21-2005, 03:57 PM
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Born in 1905 and deserve postage stamps, dammit!

If I were in charge of the US Post office, these 100-year-birthdays would be marked with postage stamps for 2005!

Anna May Wong
Ayn Rand
Thelma Ritter
Harold Arlen
Joseph Cotton
Henry Fonda
Lillian Hellman
Clara Bow
Thelma Todd
Dag Hammarskjöld
Myrna Loy
Dolores del Rio
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson
Greta Garbo
Agnes de Mille
Jule Styne

and last but far from least,

Harriet MacGibbon (Mrs. Drysdale!)
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Old 01-21-2005, 04:18 PM
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Henry Fonda
May 16th
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Greta Garbo
September 23rd (no image yet)
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Old 01-21-2005, 04:20 PM
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One not on your list: Robert Penn Warren, April 22nd.
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Old 01-21-2005, 04:22 PM
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Well, at least they got a couple right, but, dammit, no Clara Bow, Thelma Ritter or Mrs. Drysdale stamps? Who wouldn't want them on their letters?!
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Old 01-21-2005, 04:30 PM
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If I were in charge of the US Post office, these 100-year-birthdays would be marked with postage stamps for 2005!
The Post Office has already issued commemoratives for some of these.


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Ayn Rand
Honored in 1999 (or maybe 1998) as part of the Literary Arts series.

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Harold Arlen
Included in a 1995 (year may be off) block of 4 honoring American songwriters (along with Johnny Mercer, Dorothy Fields and Hoagy Charmichael)

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Clara Bow
Included in a 'Stars of the Silent Screen' booklet of 10 issued in the late 80s or early 90s (Other featured stars included Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Rudolph Valentino and John Gilbert)

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Dag Hammarskjöld
Featured on a commemorative the year after his death (1962?)


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Agnes de Mille
Included last year in an 'American Choreographers' strip of 4 (or maybe 5)
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Old 01-21-2005, 04:44 PM
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If I were in charge of the US Post office, these 100-year-birthdays would be marked with postage stamps for 2005!

Ayn Rand
I'm not sure Ms. Rand and her acolytes would be to pleased with her face being on a Government issued stamp
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Old 01-21-2005, 04:48 PM
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The fact is that the "Legends of Hollywood" issues are big PR opportunities as well as huge events for collectors, so the USPS is very discretionary about their issue strategy--one a year (note that the Garbo issue is in conjunction with a mirror issue from the Swedish post office and not part of the LoH series).

I'm impressed that they Edward G. Robinson come out as one of the first honorees. And they're not about to do Anna May Wong when they haven't even gotten to Bette Davis or Jimmy Stewart yet (though last year's Wayne issue was a waste--he already had one!)

Styne will get one soon, primarily because everyone else already has one (Yip Harburg is this year), and if Robert Penn Warren gets one (also this year), than Hellman's overdue. But, again, in time (though I wouldn't hold my breath on MacGibbon, even if they issues a BH "Classic TV Series" stamp).
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Old 01-21-2005, 04:49 PM
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I'm not sure Ms. Rand and her acolytes would be to pleased with her face being on a Government issued stamp
Maybe not, it's a pretty cool looking stamp.
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Old 01-21-2005, 05:03 PM
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The Harold Arlen stamp.
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Old 01-21-2005, 05:06 PM
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The Agnes de Mille stamp.
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Old 01-21-2005, 05:07 PM
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I nominate Tom Coakley, undoubtedly the only person ever to have been both a name band leader and a federal judge.
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Old 01-21-2005, 05:28 PM
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I'm not sure Ms. Rand and her acolytes would be to pleased with her face being on a Government issued stamp
Of course, as normal, I was completely wrong. Those pesky objectionists are just as caught up in the glitzy Hollywood world of the USPS as us normal folks.
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Old 01-21-2005, 05:31 PM
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Clara Bow
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Old 01-21-2005, 06:20 PM
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I know I'm gonna be dragged to the Pit for saying this, but I hate all these damn popularity-contest postage stamps! There's a great line in Citizen Kane: "You buy a bag of peanuts in this town, they write a song about you." Well these days, they print a stamp with your face on it.

Me, I loved the monocromatic, raised-ink stamps of old, usually bearing faces of dead white guys. You looked at those stamps and you knew the economy was as solid as the chasis of the '57 Caddy that was in your 2-car garage. Now our stamps look like they've been issued by a 6-month-old banana republic whose economy is based on drugs, bat guano and the vending machine in the airport waiting room. And postage stamps.

Anyway, Eve, if you really want a stamp of that Mrs. Drysdale gal, make your own. A few months ago there was a website that enabled you to create your own honest-to-goodness US postage stamps with whatever image you supplied. Of course, the process cost more than .37 per stamp. It may have been a trial program, so I don't know if it's still being offered. (I think there was a thread about it, so you may want to search the boards for more info.)
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Old 01-21-2005, 06:40 PM
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I know I'm gonna be dragged to the Pit for saying this, but I hate all these damn popularity-contest postage stamps! There's a great line in Citizen Kane: "You buy a bag of peanuts in this town, they write a song about you." Well these days, they print a stamp with your face on it.
You're more right than you know.
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Me, I loved the monocromatic, raised-ink stamps of old, usually bearing faces of dead white guys. You looked at those stamps and you knew the economy was as solid as the chasis of the '57 Caddy that was in your 2-car garage. Now our stamps look like they've been issued by a 6-month-old banana republic whose economy is based on drugs, bat guano and the vending machine in the airport waiting room. And postage stamps.
:Sniff: Here you go. For old time's sake. Oh, and for comparison, some Banana Republic stamps. Wow, I do see a difference.
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Anyway, Eve, if you really want a stamp of that Mrs. Drysdale gal, make your own. A few months ago there was a website that enabled you to create your own honest-to-goodness US postage stamps with whatever image you supplied. Of course, the process cost more than .37 per stamp. It may have been a trial program, so I don't know if it's still being offered. (I think there was a thread about it, so you may want to search the boards for more info.)
What you're describing sounds incredibly illegal. Not that it hasn't been tried.
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Old 01-21-2005, 06:43 PM
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It may have been a trial program, so I don't know if it's still being offered. (I think there was a thread about it, so you may want to search the boards for more info.)
I believe that trial is now over and I'm not sure when, if ever, it will be restarted.

While the program was still running, the folks at The Smoking Gun were able to print out valid U.S. postage featuring photos of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Slobodan Milosevic, and Ted Kaczynski, among others. The article is here.
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Old 01-21-2005, 06:51 PM
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What you're describing sounds incredibly illegal. Not that it hasn't been tried.
Hell, some artists have been known to draw postage right on the envelopes. One of my sisters went to college with a guy like that.
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Old 01-21-2005, 06:53 PM
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I believe that trial is now over and I'm not sure when, if ever, it will be restarted.

While the program was still running, the folks at The Smoking Gun were able to print out valid U.S. postage featuring photos of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Slobodan Milosevic, and Ted Kaczynski, among others. The article is here.
LOL! That's hilarious (in a genuinely twisted way). Here's a follow-up article. It looks like they may have come to a decision by now...
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Old 01-21-2005, 06:53 PM
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The Post Office has already issued commemoratives for some of these . . . Included in a 'Stars of the Silent Screen' booklet of 10 issued in the late 80s or early 90s . . .
1994. That was the most godawful travesty . . . I don't think Al Hirschfeld even looked at any photos of the people he was caricaturing.

I think we should start campaigning now for a Dowagers Commemorative Issue: Margaret Dumont, Mrs. Drysdale, Marie Dressler, Norma Varden, Louise Closser Hale . . .
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Old 01-21-2005, 08:00 PM
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1994. That was the most godawful travesty . . . I don't think Al Hirschfeld even looked at any photos of the people he was caricaturing.
Hmmm.

Zasu Pitts.
Clara Bow
John Gilbert
Theda Bara

:Shrugs: They look OK to me (though I'll give you the bizarre Valentino, plus the Chaplin could be better).
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Old 01-21-2005, 08:08 PM
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FYI, this link will make a list of all people in the IMDB born in 1905.
http://www.imdb.com/BornInYear?1905

You can change the 1905 in the URL to any year to get the folks born in whatever year you want. Useful for seeing who was born in the same year as you were.
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