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1ST MARILYN STAMP CAME FROM CARIBBEAN IN ’87

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Marilyn Monroe was surrounded by controversy in life and death. So, it is no surprise that when many countries, including the United States, issued stamps honoring the late actress, a philatelic controversy would ensue as to which country was the first to release such a stamp.

According to Joseph B. Savarese of the American Stamp Dealers Association, the first postage stamp dedicated to Monroe was issued by the Caribbean island of Antigua & Barbuda in 1987 as part of a series of eight stamps which also hailed other famous entertainers.Of course, a Monroe stamp was recently issued by the U.S. Postal Service as part of a series of "Hollywood Legends."

In addition, for the first time ever, the Postal Service is offering open edition panes of 20 stamps signed by the designer Michael Deas. The panes, which sell for $29.95, are available by mail order from the Philatelic Fulfillment Center, USPS, P.O. Box 41924, Kansas City, MO 64141-6424, or by phoning 1-800-STAMP24.

- Syd Kronish