Hope, Wright and Cooper to Be Honored with Commemorative Stamps

News   Hope, Wright and Cooper to Be Honored with Commemorative Stamps The U.S. Postal Service has announced the many commemorative stamps that will make their debut in 2009.

Among the new stamps are those honoring stage and screen star Bob Hope (1903-2003), whose Broadway credits included Sidewalks of New York, Ups-a Daisy, Ballyhoo of 1932, Roberta, Say When, Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 and Red, Hot and Blue; author Richard Wright (1908-1960), whose novel "Native Son" was the basis for the play of the same name; and Hollywood legend Gary Cooper (1901-1961).

Hope's stamp will be issued May 29, 2009, on what would have been the late actor-comedian's 106th birthday. Kazuhiko Sano worked under the direction of art director Derry Noyes to create the stamp image, which is based on a composite of 1980s photographs of Hope.

On April 9, 2009, Wright will become the 25th inductee into the U.S. Postal Service's Literary Arts series. A dedication ceremony will be held at 11 AM in the lobby of the Chicago Post Office, 433 West Harrison Street. The stamp artwork by Kadir Nelson features a portrait of Wright in front of snow-swept tenements on the South Side of Chicago, a scene that recalls the setting of "Native Son."

The Cooper stamp will be available beginning Sept. 10, 2009. Art director Phil Jordan designed the stamp using a portrait by artist Kazuhiko Sano. The image is based on a black-and-white photograph of Cooper taken by George Hurrell circa 1940.

For more information visit www.usps.com.

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