Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Black Cinema Stamp Collection

The United States Postal Service will release Black Cinema Stamps this June, as part of it’s 2008 Commemorative Stamp Program, this June. Dedicated to the history of black cinema during the 20’s and 30’s, the movie-poster style stamps depict: The Sport of the Gods which was released in 1921 and was written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, Black and Tan which was released in 1929 and featured the first screen appearance of Duke Ellington, Princess Tam-Tam which was a French produced filmed that was released in 1935 and starred film legend Josephine Baker , Hallelujah which was also released in 1929 and featured and all black cast, and the 1945 release Caldonia which featured talented entertainer Louis Jordan.

When speaking of the Commemorative Stamp Program, Postmaster General John Potter states, “This stamp series celebrates our greatest creative minds, our groundbreaking heroes, and the places, institutions and values that have made us who we are,” “We’re proud to be able to highlight noteworthy parts of our shared American history on stamps that people will use every day to connect with family and friends.”

I pay every single bill I have on the internet, even my rent, so it’s not too often that I make use of a stamp. I’ve had the same book of stamps in my purse for over a year, in fact the only time I’ve been to the post office this year was when I went to mail off my taxes and even then I didn’t go inside. I just slid that God-forsaken envelope in the blue mail box marked “stamped” in the parking lot, and prayed to God that they didn’t lose it or forget to stamp it with the correct date, because as we all know, Uncle Sam “don’t play!” Just ask Wesley Snipes. However, I am a fan of African American commemorative items, so needless to say I was happy when I found out about the Black Cinema collection. The last book of Black Heritage Stamps I purchased was the Jazz Greats series, so I’m more than overdue on a new collection and this one looks like a nice choice, if only I can just finish the ones I have.

-Tremaya Reynolds


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