Arago: Edgar Y."Yip" Harburg Issue

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Edgar Y."Yip" Harburg Issue

The Postal Service issued a 37-cent, Yip Harburg commemorative stamp on April 28, 2005, in New York, New York. Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland, designed the stamp. The Banknote Corporation of America, Inc., and Sennett Security Products printed 40 million stamps in the offset process with microprinting "USPS."

With this stamp, the Postal Service honored E.Y. (Yip) Harburg, who wrote the lyrics for more than 600 popular songs, including "Over the Rainbow," created with composer Harold Arlen for "The Wizard of Oz." Stamp designer Ethel Kessler began with a photograph made by portrait photographer Barbara Bordnick in 1978 in her studio in New York. She then added other elements including a rainbow and the lyric fragment from Harburg's Oscar-winning song.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (March 17, 2005).


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