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Helen Hayes, Raymond Loewy and Mark Twain Honored on 2011 U.S. Stamps

Three CMG clients will be part of the U.S. Postal Service's 2011 Commemorative Stamp Program. This year's CMG honorees are actress Helen Hayes, industrial designer Raymond Loewy and author Mark Twain.

These legends are three of 25 subjects highlighted in the stamp program, which was unveiled on Dec. 28.

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Helen Hayes

Actress Helen Hayes, who justly deserved the title "First Lady of the American Theater" for her radiant presence on Broadway for much of the twentieth century will be honored on a stamp in April. She also gave memorable and award-winning performances on radio, film, and television.

The stamp features original art by Drew Struzan, whose movie posters for the Indiana Jones and Star Wars series have been seen by millions. Struzan based his design for the stamp on a photograph taken of Hayes circa 1958.

Raymond Loewy

The Pioneers of American Industrial Design stamp pane honors 12 of the nation's most important and influential industrial designers. These stamps, which go on sale in July, include the pencil sharpener designed by Raymond Loewy.

Raymond Loewy arguably did more to define the look of modern America than perhaps any other industrial designer. Loewy created the distinctive look of Air Force One and worked with NASA on the interiors of America's first space station, Skylab. In 1971, he created the logo for the newly formed U.S. Postal Service, and his designs have appeared on several postage stamps.

Mark Twain

With the 27th stamp in the Literary Arts series, the Postal Service honors Mark Twain, author of beloved works such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, widely considered one of the greatest novels in American literature. The stamp goes on sale in June.

In this tale of an abused boy and a runaway slave who become friends while riding a raft down the Mississippi River, Twain addressed issues of race and racism in America with a frankness that is still startling more than a hundred years later.


Mark Twain manuscript reveals author’s pain at losing his daughter

Unpublished document exhibited to mark the centenary of the American author's death at the age of 74

Ed Pilkington
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 21 April 2010 22.43 BST

Mark Twain's passionate eulogy for his eldest daughter and muse, Susy - who died from spinal meningitis aged 24 - has surfaced in a manuscript in which he writes of her as being "full of fire".

The 64-page unpublished document, In Memory of Olivia Susan Clemens - and later called A Family Sketch - gives a touchingly intimate portrait of his daughter that readers of Twain's rambunctious adventure stories will find unfamiliar. From its opening lines he seeks to capture what he clearly felt deeply was her unique character.

"She was a magazine of feelings, & they were of all kinds & of all shades of force; & she was so volatile, as a little child, that sometimes the whole battery came into play in the short compass of a day. She was full of life, full of activity, full of fire, her waking hours were a crowding & hurrying procession of enthusiasms... Joy, sorrow, anger, remorse, storm, sunshine, rain, darkness - they were all there: They came in a moment, & they were gone as quickly.

"In all things she was intense: in her this characteristic was not a mere glow, dispensing warmth, but a consuming fire."

The manuscript was put on exhibition for the first time today to mark the centenary of Twain's death at age 74. It will be put up for auction by Sotheby's in New York in June as part of a batch of letters, photographs and manuscripts connected to Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Twain's real name.

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Mark Twain centennial: a treat worthy of Ace of Cakes

Photo courtesy of The Mark Twain House & Museum

This beautiful work of art was created for the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Conn., to mark the April 21 centennial of the great writer's death.

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Unpublished Twain family sketch set for NY auction


NEW YORK - Mark Twain, known for his curmudgeonly wit and storytelling, is shown as a family man and loving father in "A Family Sketch," a never published tribute to a daughter who inspired two of his stories and died at 24 after contracting spinal meningitis.

"She was a magazine of feelings, & they were of all kinds & of all shades of force," he wrote of Olivia "Susy" Clemens shortly after her death in 1896.

"In all things she was intense: in her this characteristic was not a mere glow, dispensing warmth, but a consuming fire," he said of the daughter who was the inspiration for his "Joan of Arc" and "A Horse's Tale."

The 64-page, handwritten document is among a trove of 200 personal letters, manuscripts and photographs of Mark Twain - the pen name for Samuel Langhorne Clemens - going on sale June 17 at Sotheby's New York.

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