1990 25c Classic Films: Beau Geste

# 2447 FDC - 1990 25c Classic Films: Beau Geste

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US #2447
1990 Beau Geste

  • First Day Cover
  • Part of a Set of 4
  • Commemorates 50th anniversary of four Oscar-nominated films
  • Celebrates the Golden Age of Hollywood

Stamp Category:  Commemorative
Set:  Classic Films
Value:   25¢, First-Class mail rate
First Day of Issue:  March 23 1990
First Day City:  Hollywood, California
Printed by:  American Bank Note Company
Printing Method:  Photogravure
Format:  Panes of 40, from printing cylinders of 160
Perforations:  11

Why the stamp was issued:  This stamp is part of a block of four honoring classic films from Hollywood’s golden era.  Each of the four films featured received Academy Award nominations in 1940.

About the stamp design:  Each stamp resembles a miniature movie poster with bright, glossy colors.  They picture the stars of each film, as well as the title and a scene from the movie in the background.  Thomas Blackshear was chosen to do the artwork for the stamps.  He used original movie posters and photographs from the films as inspiration.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue ceremony for the Classic Movie stamps took place at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California, though the postmark was Hollywood.  This was the location of the 62nd Academy Awards celebration three days later.

Unusual fact about these stamps:  The stamps were originally planned for issue in 1989, the 50th anniversary of release of these films.  Difficulties with obtaining permission from the film company and families of the stars pictured delayed the stamps until 1990.  This coincided with the Academy Awards ceremony for these films.

About the Set:  Time magazine called 1939 the “year of genius and glitter” that was “the most memorable 12 months in the history of the American cinema.”  All the films featured in this set were produced that year, and all were nominated for Academy Awards (or Oscars).  The four movies chosen for the stamps were: The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Beau Geste, and Stagecoach.

History the stamp represents: 

Beau Geste is based on a novel by P. C. Wren, a British author.  It tells the adventurous story of three brothers who join the French Foreign Legion.  The 1939 film was similar to a 1926 silent movie by the same name.  The remake was nominated for two Oscars but didn’t win in either category.

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US #2447
1990 Beau Geste

  • First Day Cover
  • Part of a Set of 4
  • Commemorates 50th anniversary of four Oscar-nominated films
  • Celebrates the Golden Age of Hollywood

Stamp Category:  Commemorative
Set:  Classic Films
Value:   25¢, First-Class mail rate
First Day of Issue:  March 23 1990
First Day City:  Hollywood, California
Printed by:  American Bank Note Company
Printing Method:  Photogravure
Format:  Panes of 40, from printing cylinders of 160
Perforations:  11

Why the stamp was issued:  This stamp is part of a block of four honoring classic films from Hollywood’s golden era.  Each of the four films featured received Academy Award nominations in 1940.

About the stamp design:  Each stamp resembles a miniature movie poster with bright, glossy colors.  They picture the stars of each film, as well as the title and a scene from the movie in the background.  Thomas Blackshear was chosen to do the artwork for the stamps.  He used original movie posters and photographs from the films as inspiration.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue ceremony for the Classic Movie stamps took place at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California, though the postmark was Hollywood.  This was the location of the 62nd Academy Awards celebration three days later.

Unusual fact about these stamps:  The stamps were originally planned for issue in 1989, the 50th anniversary of release of these films.  Difficulties with obtaining permission from the film company and families of the stars pictured delayed the stamps until 1990.  This coincided with the Academy Awards ceremony for these films.

About the Set:  Time magazine called 1939 the “year of genius and glitter” that was “the most memorable 12 months in the history of the American cinema.”  All the films featured in this set were produced that year, and all were nominated for Academy Awards (or Oscars).  The four movies chosen for the stamps were: The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Beau Geste, and Stagecoach.

History the stamp represents: 

Beau Geste is based on a novel by P. C. Wren, a British author.  It tells the adventurous story of three brothers who join the French Foreign Legion.  The 1939 film was similar to a 1926 silent movie by the same name.  The remake was nominated for two Oscars but didn’t win in either category.