December 5th, 2009

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Another stamp emerges



We've previously noted that while Carole Lombard has yet to be featured on a U.S. postage stamp, she has received that honor from the obscure nation of Karakalpakia (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/53110.html). Now add another country to that list.

Here's a stamp of Lombard, issued by the African nation of Sierra Leone:



An attractive image of Carole, like the Karakalpakia stamp based on one of her many famed portraits.

I'm not sure when this was issued, but do know that like many small countries, Sierra Leone produces an array of stamps geared to collectors rather than the pure postal trade as a way to produce revenue. A number of them have been Hollywood-themed, such as this set featuring Marilyn Monroe (whose image has been issued on stamps in scores of countries):



Here's a set featuring scenes from Alfred Hitchcock films (what, no "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"?):



Charlie Chaplin (and Paulette Goddard) were featured on a stamp honoring Chaplin's 1940 film "The Great Dictator":



That last stamp is sadly ironic. While Karakalpakia is obscure in an almost comic, "Borat"-like way, we know all too well about Sierra Leone. It's one of Africa's most impoverished countries, plagued by a civil war that has killed or injured tens of thousands. Barbarism has also been connected with that country's diamond industry.

With that in mind, perhaps the Lombard stamp understandably holds less appeal for you. But if you are a collector, and are interested, a mint, unused stamp is being auctioned at eBay. No one has bid on it as of this writing; bidding opens at $2.75 and ends at 5:25 p.m. (Eastern) on Wednesday. To learn more, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-Single-Stamp-MNH_W0QQitemZ320457300447QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4a9cbe59df.

Meanwhile, we retain hope that one of these days, Lombard's home country will commemorate her with a stamp.
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