September 21st, 2012

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'Seein' Stars' in the stamps

That's Carole Lombard and Clark Gable in Feg Murray's popular syndicated comic, "Seein' Stars" ( But here's something you might not have known about the series (and I didn't know until recently): As part of the panel, on several occasions Murray created a side item -- commemorative (non-adhesive) "stamps" that fans could collect and put in their Hollywood albums. Each stamp measured approximately 2 1/8" x 2 3/8".

Lombard appeared in two of the three stamp series. Her image was #13 of the third series, and ran on Dec. 1, 1940:

carole lombard seein' stars stamp 13a

This was the only series of the three that was in color, appearing from September 1940 to August 1942 for a total of 100 stamps. Here are a few others, beginning with Carole's two husbands, William Powell and Clark Gable:

seein' stars stamps william powell 00seein' stars stamps clark gable 00

My second and third favorite classic-era actresses, Myrna Loy and Barbara Stanwyck:

seein' stars stamps myrna loy 00seein' stars stamps barbara stanwyck 00

"The Philadelphia Story" was one of the big hits of 1940, and here are two of its stars (the only film they ever made together) -- Cary Grant and James Stewart:

seein' stars stamps cary grant 00seein' stars stamps james stewart 00

And finally, two of Carole's cohorts at Paramount in the 1930s, Claudette Colbert and Marlene Dietrich:

seein' stars stamps claudette colbert 00seein' stars stamps marlene dietrich 00

The only other stamp appearance for Lombard came in the second series, when "Seein' Stars" was also a daily feature, running from January to October 1938 for a total of 224 black and white stamps. Lombard was #36, and ran on Feb. 11, 1938:

carole lombard seein' stars stamp 36a

This is being auctioned at eBay, and one could argue that the minimum bid of $24.99 is a bit steep, but someone might be interested just the same. Bids will be taken through 10:55 p.m. (Eastern) Wednesday. You can learn more about this item by going to

And speaking of learning, to find out more about the "Seein' Stars" stamps -- with near-complete checklists to boot -- visit
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