Who was the first Hollywood actress to appear on a U.S. postage stamp? The lady in question was Olive Oylph. She is best known for her two films “The Great Beauty” and “Dangerous” but her early appearance on a stamp can be traced back to 1903. She was one of two teenage girls who appeared in an advert for J.M Barrrie’s makeup service. Her appearance was so popular that it helped J.M.Barrrie to launch a successful career.
How was the first Hollywood celebrity to appear on a U.S. postage stamp? Again, thanks to J.M.Barrrie, it can be traced back to the early years of the 20th century. Mary Astors was an extremely popular beauty in Hollywood during the late teens and early part of the twenties. She was known for her often wild hair style, her large lips and her voluptuous body which made her a perfect candidate for the first Hollywood sex symbol.
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The writer, Mark Twain, kept a huge collection of celebrity photographs on his desk at home. He managed to get some of them printed on a commemorative postage stamp which he was instrumental in circulating to all parts of the country. Twain also managed to get a photograph of this beautiful blonde from Kansas, unknown at the time. This blonde became the first Hollywood star to appear on a postage stamp.
The name of Olive O’Hara, better known as Jeanette Jackson, came from the real Olive O’Hara who appeared on another famous postage stamp. She had appeared on this stamp many times but never in her role of a cartoon character. In fact she was best known for her role as a chorus girl for the left-leaning socialist political club in Hollywood. She also had some film appearances which include one in Which ever Hollywood film, it was clear that she had achieved her greatest success in her role as Olive O’Hara on the best selling commemorative postage stamp.
Probably the most well-known of these celebrities who appeared on a U.S. postage stamp is Barbara Streisand. For many people her appearance on this stamp was the turning point into their own careers. Streisand’s career spanned some of the most exciting years in Hollywood. The first of these years she appeared on the famous album cover of The Seeded Face. This album also featured two other popular singers who would go on to fame themselves, namely, Ella Fitzgerald and Joanna Newsom.
The last of this series of famous celebrities to feature on postage stamps was the comic strip character, Bobblehead, who made his first appearance on a U.S. postage stamp in the summer of 1963. Bobblehead was a very minor character but he became an immediate sensation. Within a short space of his appearing on these stamps his image became ubiquitous. As well as featuring on commemorative stamps and other mailings, bobblehead dolls and other plastic products also became collector items. These would end up being valuable on the stock market once his image was copyright protected.
In Conclusion, we have looked at some of the most famous celebrities who appeared on U.S. postage stamps. Next we will look at some lesser known celebrities who also had their own stamp collections. Finally we will look at a rarely sighted but interesting celebrity who also has had her own postage stamps produced, the little bunny from Hollywood. All of these will be great learning experiences for anyone who is thinking of studying American postage stamps for future use.