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37-cent Mother and Child single

United States postage stamps commemorated a numerous subjects related to the arts and entertainment during the 2004-2005 period, including legendary actors Paul Robeson, Henry Fonda, Greta Garbo and John Wayne. So too were composer Henry Mancini, writer James Baldwin, and playwright Moss Hart. Stamps of the period also honored four prominent American choreographers-Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Agnes de Mille, and George Balanchine. A stamp honoring film actor and president of the United States Ronald Reagan came out on February 9, 2005, following his death in the summer of 2004.

Since the mid-1950s, almost every American child has come to know Theodor Seuss Geisel's books or characters. A stamp honoring Geisel, more famously known as 'Dr. Seuss,' and some of his most memorable characters, including the Cat in the Hat and the Grinch, was released on the day of Geisel's 100th birthday. Numerous Disney characters-including Bambi, Pinocchio, and Mickey Mouse-were depicted on postage stamps during this period as part of two separate series of four stamps. Jim Henson and his world famous Muppets made a splash in 2005 with a sheet of eleven stamps featuring thirteen different Muppet characters and Henson.

Alexander T. Haimann, National Postal Museum

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