First day postal cover for Barry Humphries

Catalogue Number: 2385
First day postal cover for Barry Humphries
Category: Painting or other art work
Sub-Category: Philatelic item
Government body: Australian Post Office
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 2006
Time Period: 21st C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: Australian Post Office
Description Of Item: First day postal cover, 190 x 110 mm, with five different 50 cent stamps depicting Australian comedian Barry Humphries, four of which show him in his stage role as Edna Everage / Dame Edna. It is postmarked on the day of issue of the stamps 20 January 2006 at Moonee Ponds with a spectacle shaped postmark
Historical Significance: These stamps were issued in the Australian legends series. John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (born 17 February 1934) is an international known Australian comedian, satirist, artist, and author. Humphries is best known for writing and playing his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. The stamps were acquired by the Kett Museum because his Dame Edna character wears specially designed outrageous spectacles. The Museum hold souvenir replicas of these spectacles Cat No 2075 and 2184. They are also featured in the book 'Cult Eyewear ' by Neil Handley Cat No 2018 and the book 'Specs appeal. Extravagant 1950s and 1960s eyewear' Cat No 1099.
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Optometry Museum
Date Acquired: Jan 2014
Condition: Fine
Location: Archive office. South wall. Cube 14. Stamp Album

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