1997 Humphrey Bogart – Legends of Hollywood
- Honors legendary actor Humphrey Bogart
- Third stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series
Legends of Hollywood
32¢, First Class Mail Rate
First Day of Issue:
July 31, 1997
First Day City:
Los Angeles, California
Printed for Stamp Venturers by J.W. Fergusson and Sons, Richmond, Virginia
Panes of 20 (Vertical 5 across, 4 down)
11.1 (star-shaped perforations at corner of each stamp) (APS rotary perforator)
Large tagging block over all 20 stamps. The block does not cover the stamps to the edges.
Why the stamp was issued:
To honor Humphrey Bogart. Postmaster General Marvin T. Runyon said, “As one of America’s most beloved ‘tough guys,’ Humphrey Bogart developed an on-screen persona that has been often imitated, but never duplicated… His contributions to the golden age of film make him a fitting candidate for the Legends of Hollywood series.”
About the stamp design:
Pictures a portrait of Bogart by Michael Deas, the same artist who painted the portraits for the Marilyn Monroe and James Dean stamps that came before Bogart in the Legends of Hollywood series.
Special design details:
In addition to the regular style perforations, there are star-shaped perforations at the four corners of each stamp.
First Day City:
Issued in Los Angeles, California, at Mann’s Chinese Theater, a Hollywood landmark and location of some of the movie industry’s most famous premieres.
About the Legends of Hollywood Series:
The Legends of Hollywood series began on June 1, 1995 with the release of the Marilyn Monroe stamp. Each Legends of Hollywood stamp includes a painting of the star and their signature on the stamp design itself, with a larger image of the star plus information about their career in the selvage. The series continued until 2016 with the final stamp picturing Shirley Temple.
History the stamp represents:
Like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, who preceded him in the Legends of Hollywood Series, Humphrey Bogart was one of the few individuals able to transcend the silver screen to become a true legend. His rugged good looks, husky voice, and gruff, yet sensitive attitude earned him worldwide recognition and made him one of the most distinctive leading men of film’s Golden Age.
Humphrey DeForest Bogart began his theatrical career following World War I. But it wasn’t until 1936 that he achieved fame with his portrayal of gangster Duke Mantee in the film The Petrified Forest
, a role he had also played on Broadway. The ideal tough guy, Bogart went on to portray gangsters in several other notable films during the late 1930s.
In 1941, his role as detective Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon
gave him a new image and proved his versatility as an actor. A top box-office attraction, Bogart starred in a number of well-known films, including Key Largo
(1948) and the Academy Award-winning The African Queen
(1951). But his most popular role by far was that of nightclub owner Rick Blaine in Casablanca
Bogart once commented “I’ve been around a long time… maybe people like me.” His legacy of 75 films attests to that popularity. “Here’s lookin’ at you, Bogie.”