Danny Thomas Entertainer and Humanitarian
Danny Thomas, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2012, was the beloved star of The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy) television situation comdey and known for his roles in The Jazz Singer, and I’ll See You In My Dreams. He started as singer on radio, worked as a nightclub comedian, achieved great success in film and TV and moved on to be a producer for the Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gomer Pyle and The Mod Squad.
On February 16, 2012 in Memphis, Tennessee, the US. Postal Service issued a First Class Forever stamp to honor Thomas. The artist was Tim O'Brien and the designer was Greg Breeding.
Thomas was much more than an entertainer. In 1985 he received the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian work founding St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 1962 and supporting it all his life. The hospital specializes in treating children for catastrophic pediatric diseases. No child is turned away. This year is the 50th anniversary of the hospital’s founding.
His commitment to St. Jude’s had its roots in the immigrant neighborhood in which he grew up. There he saw children die from curable diseases because of the lack of available health care. He knew this was wrong. He wanted to do something to help and founded St. Jude’s, a hospital that treats children of all races, religions regardless of ability to pay.
The Forever First Class rate stamp shows Danny Thomas in the foreground with the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the background.
Baseball Heroes Still Competing
The 2012 United States Major League Baseball All-Stars series was one of the most anticipated stamp issues in recent memory. More than 2-million stamps were purchased during a special pre-order competition setting a new record.
Louis Braille Featured on Belarus Stamp
Issued on January 4, 2009, this stamp issue from the Republic of Belarus celebrates Louis Braille. Having lost his sight at the age of 3, Braille went on to invent a writing system based on raised dots that brought reading to blind and vision-impaired people around the world.
Tarzan Stamp a Tribute to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Legacy
Tarzan of the Apes is featured on this 2012 US commemorative stamp honoring author Edgar Rice Burroughs. For Burroughs fans, the stamp was a long time coming. The stamp, associated cancels, first day covers, and other philatelic products, join a great heritage of Tarzan collectibles.
O. Henry Featured on U.S. Stamp
O. Henry (the pen name of William S. Porter) wrote over 300 stories. The Gift of the Magi and The Ransom of Red Chief are two of his most famous. On September 11, 2012 the United States Post Office issued a stamp in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth.
Understanding Stamp Values
The subject of stamp valuation is a deceptively complex one. While at first glance, determining the value of a stamp might appear to be a simple matter of turning to one of the many available reference catalogues, in fact the stamp catalogue is just the beginning of the process. This overview presents some of the major topics in stamp valuation, setting you on course to making confident purchases and understanding the ultimate worth of your collection.