St. Louisan Josephine Baker, an inspiration to millions of Americans (and Frenchmen) as a dancer, singer, actor, French Resistance hero, and US civil rights activist, is being honored with a US postage stamp. Actually, Baker’s stamped visage adorns a poster advertising the film “Princess Tam-Tam” - and is one of a set of five commemorative stamps released today honoring vintage black cinema.
That raises a question: What other St. Louisans have been honored on US Postage stamps?
MayorSlay.com can think of US stamps honoring St. Louisans Tennessee Williams and T.S. Eliot. Post-Dispatch gossipist Deb Peterson mentioned postage portraits of Baker, Charles Eames, and Martha Gellhorn in a recent column.
(Yes, we know there’s a US stamp for the Eads Bridge. We’re thinking about people, though.)