I’m pretty much at the point where I buy stamps once a year — and that’s in February, just in time for the Black Heritage stamps. I buy a whole sheet and I let go of them slowly. I’ve had (and maybe still have a couple) Maya Angelou, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, Sarah Vaughn… the Sarah Vaughn forever stamp is still available on USPS.com, BTW.
This year’s Black Heritage stamp is Lena Horne, and she is the 41st honoree in the Black Heritage stamp series. If you’re a longtime reader of this blog then you know that Lena Horne was like my auntie in my head. I gotta get this stamp, for reasons.
Via USPS: “The stamp art features a photograph of Lena Horne taken by Christian Steiner in the 1980s. Kristen Monthei colorized the original black-and-white photo using a royal blue for the dress, a color Horne frequently wore. Monthei also added a background reminiscent of Horne’s Stormy Weather album, with a few clouds to add texture and to subtly evoke the album title. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.”
Lena Horne was an icon, a multitalented dancer, vocalist and actress who brought elegance and grace to every performance. If you’re around my age, maybe you first loved her in The Wiz. Maybe it was on Sesame Street or The Muppet Show. Wherever it was that you first laid eyes on Lena Horne, I’m willing to bet she made an indelible impression. She sure did for me.