1997 32¢ Classic Movie Monsters: Boris Karloff as Frankenstein
November 23, 1887

Happy Birthday Boris Karloff 

Boris Karloff was born William Henry Pratt on November 23, 1887, in Camberwell, London, England. Karloff appeared in more than 170 films during his career, becoming a horror icon for his memorable performances in Frankenstein and The Mummy.

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 US #1452 was issued for the 100th anniversary of America’s first national park.  It pictures the old Filene Center.
October 15, 1966

Wolf Trap Farm National Park

On October 15, 1966, the Wolf Trap Farm National Park for Performing Arts was established in Virginia.  It’s the only National Park dedicated exclusively to the performing arts.

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1991 29¢ Literary Arts: William Saroyan
August 31, 1908

Happy Birthday, William Saroyan

Author William Saroyan was born on August 31, 1908, in Fresno, California. He’s been called “one of the most prominent literary figures of the mid-20th century.”

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2001 34¢ Leonard Bernstein
August 25, 1918

Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein

Leonard (Louis) Bernstein was born on August 25, 1918, in Lawrence, Massachusetts.  One of the most famous conductors of his time, he was the first American conductor to earn international praise.

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2001 34¢ Legends of Hollywood: Lucille Ball
August 6, 1911

Happy Birthday Lucille Ball 

Lucille Ball was born on August 6, 1911, in Jamestown, New York. One of TV’s most beloved stars, she’s been called “The First Lady of Television” and “The Queen of Comedy.”

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1989 25¢ Literary Arts: Ernest Hemingway
July 21, 1899

Happy Birthday, Ernest Hemingway

Author Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899, in Oak Park, Illinois. Hemingway is considered one of America’s great 20th century novelists, inspiring a generation of writers with his understated, minimal prose.

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2006 39¢ DC Comics Super Heroes: Superman
July 19, 1883

Happy Birthday Max Fleischer

Animator, inventor, and film director Max Fleischer was born in Kraków, Poland, on July 19, 1883. Fleischer patented several animation innovations and was behind popular cartoons such as Betty Boop, Popeye, and Superman, earning the nickname “The Dean of Animated Cartoons.”

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2018 50¢ Black Heritage: Lena Horne
June 30, 1917

Birth of Lena Horne

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was born on June 30, 1917, in New York City, New York.  Horne was one of the great icons of the 20th century.  She spent over 70 years in the entertainment industry as an actress and jazz singer and was also an acclaimed civil rights activist. 

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1997 32¢ Conductors and Composers: George Szell, Conductor
June 7, 1897

Birth of George Szell

Conductor George Szell was born György Endre Szél on June 7, 1897, in Budapest, Hungary.  Szell conducted the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra and is credited with transforming it into one of the world’s greatest orchestras.

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