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Postal News: Bergman stamp released

August 26, 2015
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The U.S. Postal Service and Posten AB of Sweden jointly honor Swedish-born actress Ingrid Bergman (1915-82), who lit up American and European films for decades.

The U.S. Postal Service's issuance is a 49-cent commemorative Forever stamp, featuring a circa 1940 image of Bergman taken by Laszlo Willinger, well known for his portraits of celebrities.

Artist Kristen Monthei digitally colorized the image. Monthei also colorized a still of Bergman from the film Casablanca, which is featured on the stamp pane selvage. Art Director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp pane.

In addition to the stamps, First Day covers, Digital Color Postmark covers and Framed Stamp Art will be available for purchase.

The Postal Service will also offer a unique collectible - a joint U.S.Sweden First Day of Issue cover containing both U.S. and Swedish stamps and Los Angeles and Stockholm postmarks.

The Ingrid Bergman commemorative Forever stamp, the 19th stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, is available at Post Offices, online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724).

During her career, Bergman won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, and the Tony Award for best actress.

She is best remembered for her timeless portrayals of Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942); Paula Alquist in Gaslight (1944); Anna Koreff in Anastasia (1956); and Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946).

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Phil Wiebold is a spokesman for U.S. Postal Service.

 
 

 

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