Great Film Directors First Day of Issue Ceremony a Cinematic Success

Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday to the First Day of Issue Ceremony for the Great Film Directors stamps at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Dedicating the stamps were (from left to right) Bernard Cook, Director of Film and Media Studies, Georgetown College, Georgetown University; Jean Picker Firstenberg, Chairman, Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee and President Emerita, AFI; Samuel M. Pulcrano, Vice President, Corporate Communications, U.S. Postal Service; Ray Barry, Director, AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and Arch Campbell, local news anchor and entertainment critic.

Cinematic legends Frank CapraJohn FordJohn Huston, and Billy Wilder created some of the most iconic scenes in American film, and there was no lack of reverence for all four men at yesterday’s ceremony. Jean Picker Firstenberg surprised us all with a special (and very moving) showing of John Ford’s acceptance of the Medal of Freedom from President Richard Nixon in 1973. These filmmaking giants gave audiences an unforgettable (and in some cases, deeply personal) vision of life, connecting generations of moviegoers with their textured portrayals of America.

We had a wonderful time at the AFI, which turned out to be a perfect place for an FDOI ceremony. We hope you’ll join us next time!

Our next great event is the National Philatelic Exhibitions (NAPEX) in McLean, Virginia, from June 1-3. This year, the previously issued Four Flags (Forever®) and 32-cent Aloha Shirts stamps will be reissued in new formats during the annual convention.

This is turning out to be a philatelic summer, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Which events are you looking forward to?

The use of the name and likeness of John Huston by permission of the Huston Family.

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