Tuesday, July 26, 2005

This September both the United States and Sweden will issue stamps marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Swedish film actress Greta Garbo.

The joint issue will be released on September 23, six days after her actual birthdate - September 18, 1905. Garbo died in 1990 at the the age of 84.

According to an article in the September issue of Scott Stamp Monthly, the close-up (which was based on a photograph) of Ms. Garbo was originally to be done by the world-renown Swedish engraver Czeslaw Zania.

But shortly after the announcement was made in December of 2004, Polish-born engraver Piotr Naszarkowski of Sweden Post was given the job. Apparently, Zania was unable to do the work due to ill health. He later died in March of this year.

This is the first project Naszarkowski has done for the United States although this will be his 99th stamp engraving. To see some of his other stamps, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 7:19 PM