Friday, April 17, 2009

Another nice cover from USA

I have already told you about Gael, my former colleague and friend who is now living in the USA. She recently sent me a nice gift (Thank you Gael for the handmade coaster! It is really great) using a nice cover that I would like to share with you.

The cover is franked with a full set of five stamps issued by USPS on the 16th of July 2008 celebrating vintage black cinema. The stamps depict posters of movies from the 1920s through 1950s. From left to right, here are the movies that are pictured:

- Hallelujha, a movie produced and directed by King Vidor and released in 1929. This is one of the first films from a major studio to feature an all-black cast.
- Caldonia, a short film (running only 18 minutes) released in 1945, with Luis Jordan (1908-1975) playing himself
- Princess Tam-Tam, a movie released in France in 1935, which is one of the only four movies featuring Josephine Baker (1906-1975) the American-born entertainer who became a French citizen in 1937
- The sport of Gods, a silent film from 1921 based on a novel from Paul Laurence Dunbar
- Black and Tan, a short film (19 minutes) released in 1929 and featuring Duke Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra

One thing that is very surprising is that for “Princess Tam-Tam” USPS has selected the poster used in Denmark, and therefore in Danish. Why didn’t they use the American or French ones that you can see below.

To come back on the cover, one other to notice is the color red of the postmark. This is not the first time that I get a cover from the USA with red cancel. I wonder if this has any specific meaning…


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msyanwu said...

No meaning, they just happen to use a red ink pad. The other color that they use is black or sometimes blue I think.