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'Cowboys of the Silver Screen' stamps to be unveiled at the Autry

April 9, 2010 |  3:30 pm

CowboystampCowboys Gene Autry, William S. Hart, Tom Mix and Roy Rogers are returning for an appearance at The Autry National Center. On April 17, the United States Postal Service plans to release the “Cowboys of the Silver Screen” stamps, featuring the four performers who helped make the American western a popular form of entertainment.

An official unveiling will take place at the Autry, where the postal service will be hand-canceling stamps with the official first-day-of-sale postmark.

A lobby exhibition, with artifacts relating to all four screen legends, is planned, focusing on different aspects of their film careers, which covered the silent era through the singing era.

Guest speakers will include Jackie Autry (Gene Autry's widow), Cheryl Rogers-Barnett (daughter of Roy Rogers) and stamp artist Robert Rodriguez of Monrovia, who based the stamp illustrations on vintage film posters.

The ceremony is free and open to the public.

-- Liesl Bradner

Photo: The "Cowboys of the Silver Screen" stamps. Credit: United States Postal Service