Own Every Stamp in the Legends of Hollywood Series
Now you can get all 20 stamps in the Legends of Hollywood series in one easy order. One of the most popular modern stamp series, Legends of Hollywood stamps feature the actors, actresses, and directors who have changed the way movies are made. They're a significant part of our history and will make great additions to your collection. Order today and choose from single stamps in mint or used condition, or full mint-fresh sheets.
Scott #2967 – 1995 32¢ Marilyn Monroe
Scott #3082 – 1996 32¢ James Dean
Scott #3152 – 1997 32¢ Humphrey Bogart
Scott #3226 – 1998 32¢ Alfred Hitchcock
Scott #3329 – 1999 33¢ James Cagney
Scott #3446 – 2000 33¢ Edward G. Robinson
Scott #3523 – 2001 34¢ Lucille Ball
Scott #3692 – 2002 37¢ Cary Grant
Scott #3786 – 2003 37¢ Audrey Hepburn
Scott #3876 – 2004 37¢ John Wayne
Scott #3911 – 2005 37¢ Henry Fonda
Scott #4077 – 2006 39¢ Judy Garland
Scott #4197 – 2007 41¢ James Stewart
Scott #4350 – 2008 42¢ Bette Davis
Scott #4421 – 2009 44¢ Gary Cooper
Scott #4461 – 2010 44¢ Katharine Hepburn
Scott #4526 – 2011 44¢ Gregory Peck
Scott #4892 – 2014 49¢ Charlton Heston
Scott #5012 – 2015 49¢ Ingrid Bergman
Scott #5060 – 2016 47¢ Shirley Temple
Legends Of Hollywood Series
On June 1, 1995, the USPS issued the first stamp in its long-running Legends of Hollywood Series
Two years earlier, the USPS issued the most popular US stamp of all time honoring Elvis Presley. The success of that stamp led postal officials to search for other charismatic stars that could have similar appeal to stamp collectors and fans alike.
They chose Marilyn Monroe and would launch a large campaign to promote the stamp saying, “She’s as gorgeous on a tiny stamp as she was on the giant screen.” They contacted nine different artists to create possible portraits for the stamp, with Michael Deas wowing the committee with his painting that was selected for the stamp. The stamp was also notable as the first US stamp with a trademark designation (™) in its design, as her estate required this.
The stamp was issued in June 1, 1995, what would have been Monroe’s 69th birthday. The USPS printed 400 million stamps – the largest US commemorative stamp printing up to that time after the Elvis stamp (517 million).
The USPS also offered a large variety of other products – uncut press sheets, panes signed by the stamp designer, a Stamp Folio, a commemorative panel, and a first-day program with a pop-up model of Monroe. The stamp also had nine different tagging varieties and star-shaped perforations in each corner. By the end of the year, the USPS announced that the Marilyn stamp was the #1 selling single postage stamp and that over 46 million had been bought and retained, rather than used on mail.
The Legends of Hollywood Series continued in 1996 with a stamp honoring James Dean. That stamp and future issues followed the same format as the Marilyn stamp, with a painting of each star and their signature on the stamp as well as selvage art and a brief write-up about their career. While the Marilyn stamp sheet used an enlarged version of the stamp image, the rest of the sheets in the series would use different portraits on the stamp and in the selvage. Over the years, several of the stamps were issued on the stars’ birthday, and often in Los Angeles or other cities relevant to each star.
The series continued until 2012, when it took a two-year hiatus. The USPS explained that it was skipped in 2012 because the Great Film Directors issue honored similar subjects. No Legends of Hollywood stamp was issued in 2013 either, as that year the USPS issued its set of Harry Potter stamps. But the series resumed in 2014 with the Charlton Heston stamp. The last stamp was issued in 2016, honoring Shirley Temple.
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