Last week we gave you the names and pictures of seven Hollywood Superstars who have all had their likenesses on U. S. Postage stamps, and asked you who was the first to be so honored.
Hello again. Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, back with the answers to our “stamp” quiz of June 28.
As you’ve guessed from the above pictured stamp, Will Rogers was the first Hollywood star put on a U.S. postage stamp. And as you’ve guessed by the price of the stamp it was long ago — 1948.
So, listing our 7 superstars in order of release we have: Rogers, 1948; W.C. Fields, 1980; Ethel Barrymore, 1982; Judy Garland, Vivien Leigh, AND John Wayne, 1990; Bob Hope, 2009.
Although Garland and Leigh are often cited as the first female performers to grace a stamp this is misleading and untrue. In 1990 the Postal Department released stamps honoring famous films of 1939, hence Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind and Stagecoach were represented.
But Ethel Barrymore was the first female star on a stamp. She, however, shared the stamp with her famous brothers, John and Lionel.
Judy did get her own stamp in 2006.
Bob Hope wasn’t honored until 2009. But remember, we clued you that up until last year only deceased people could appear on stamps.
Hope didn’t die until 2003.