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U.S. #3834
2004 37¢ Paul Robeson
Black Heritage Series
   
Issue Date: January 20, 2004
City: Princeton, NJ
Quantity: 130,000,000
Printed By: American Packaging Corporation for Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: Serpentine die cut 10 ¾
Color: Multicolored
 
Actor, singer, scholar, athlete, humanitarian, and civil rights activist Paul Robeson (1898-1976) was the son of a former slave. Robeson used his deep baritone voice and theatrical talent to promote African and African-American history and culture. The Paul Robeson stamp is the 24th in the Black Heritage Series.
 

Birth of Eubie Blake

US #2988 – from the 1995 Jazz Musicians Issue

James Hubert “Eubie” Blake was born on February 7, 1887, in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Blake was the son of former slaves and their only child to survive infancy.  He had a talent for music from a young age.  When he was only four or five years old, he wandered into a music store while out shopping with his mother.  He sat down at an organ and just played freely.  The shop owner then remarked to Blake’s mother, “The child is a genius!  It would be criminal to deprive him of the chance to make use of such a sublime, God-given talent.”

US #2988 – Colorano Silk Cachet First Day Cover

Blake’s parents bought him a pump organ and he started receiving music lessons from a neighbor by the time he was seven.  When he was 15, Blake started playing piano in cafés and brothels.  He was then hired by champion boxer Joe Gans to play at his hotel and he also played at clubs in Atlantic City and with vaudeville shows.  He reportedly composed the “Charleston Rag” in 1899 when he was just 12 years old, though it wasn’t put on paper until after he learned how to write music in 1915.   

US #2988 – Mystic First Day Cover

Blake met his partner – lyricist, vocalist, and band leader Noble Sissle in 1915.  They were among the first African Americans to perform onstage without minstrel makeup.  In 1921 Blake and Sissle wrote the hit Broadway show Shuffle Along, which was one of the first musicals to be written, produced, and directed by African Americans.  It ran for 500 performances and paved the way for the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

US #3834 was the 24th stamp in the Black Heritage Series.

The play featured Blake’s most famous song, “I’m Just Wild About Harry.”  Shuffle Along also introduced three new stars: Paul Robeson, Florence Mills, and Josephine Baker.  Blake wrote the hit songs “Memories of You,” “Love Will Find a Way,” and “Lovin’ You the Way I Do.”  Additionally, he scored The Chocolate Dandies, a play which broke new ground for black performers.

Blake began recording his music in 1917, and in 1923, he appeared in three films for Lee de Forest.  Blake also appeared in the 1932 short film “Pie, Pie, Blackbird.”  He served as a USO bandleader during World War II and retired from performing in 1946.  Blake then entered New York University to study the Schillinger System of composing music.  Over the next 20 years, Blake used this system to transcribe the songs he had created but never written down. 

US #2988 – Fleetwood First Day Cover

In his later years, Blake appeared frequently on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Merv Griffin Show.  He also appeared in the film Scott Joplin and received honorary doctorates from several universities.  In 1978, a Broadway musical called Eubie was based on his songs and put him back in the spotlight, leading him to return to the stage.  Blake was awarded the Medal of Freedom in 1981 and continued to play and record until his death on February 12, 1983. 

US #2988 – Classic First Day Cover

Click here to listen to some of Blake’s music.

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U.S. #3834
2004 37¢ Paul Robeson
Black Heritage Series

 

 

Issue Date: January 20, 2004
City: Princeton, NJ
Quantity: 130,000,000
Printed By: American Packaging Corporation for Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: Serpentine die cut 10 ¾
Color: Multicolored
 
Actor, singer, scholar, athlete, humanitarian, and civil rights activist Paul Robeson (1898-1976) was the son of a former slave. Robeson used his deep baritone voice and theatrical talent to promote African and African-American history and culture. The Paul Robeson stamp is the 24th in the Black Heritage Series.
 

Birth of Eubie Blake

US #2988 – from the 1995 Jazz Musicians Issue

James Hubert “Eubie” Blake was born on February 7, 1887, in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Blake was the son of former slaves and their only child to survive infancy.  He had a talent for music from a young age.  When he was only four or five years old, he wandered into a music store while out shopping with his mother.  He sat down at an organ and just played freely.  The shop owner then remarked to Blake’s mother, “The child is a genius!  It would be criminal to deprive him of the chance to make use of such a sublime, God-given talent.”

US #2988 – Colorano Silk Cachet First Day Cover

Blake’s parents bought him a pump organ and he started receiving music lessons from a neighbor by the time he was seven.  When he was 15, Blake started playing piano in cafés and brothels.  He was then hired by champion boxer Joe Gans to play at his hotel and he also played at clubs in Atlantic City and with vaudeville shows.  He reportedly composed the “Charleston Rag” in 1899 when he was just 12 years old, though it wasn’t put on paper until after he learned how to write music in 1915.   

US #2988 – Mystic First Day Cover

Blake met his partner – lyricist, vocalist, and band leader Noble Sissle in 1915.  They were among the first African Americans to perform onstage without minstrel makeup.  In 1921 Blake and Sissle wrote the hit Broadway show Shuffle Along, which was one of the first musicals to be written, produced, and directed by African Americans.  It ran for 500 performances and paved the way for the Jazz Age of the 1920s.

US #3834 was the 24th stamp in the Black Heritage Series.

The play featured Blake’s most famous song, “I’m Just Wild About Harry.”  Shuffle Along also introduced three new stars: Paul Robeson, Florence Mills, and Josephine Baker.  Blake wrote the hit songs “Memories of You,” “Love Will Find a Way,” and “Lovin’ You the Way I Do.”  Additionally, he scored The Chocolate Dandies, a play which broke new ground for black performers.

Blake began recording his music in 1917, and in 1923, he appeared in three films for Lee de Forest.  Blake also appeared in the 1932 short film “Pie, Pie, Blackbird.”  He served as a USO bandleader during World War II and retired from performing in 1946.  Blake then entered New York University to study the Schillinger System of composing music.  Over the next 20 years, Blake used this system to transcribe the songs he had created but never written down. 

US #2988 – Fleetwood First Day Cover

In his later years, Blake appeared frequently on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Merv Griffin Show.  He also appeared in the film Scott Joplin and received honorary doctorates from several universities.  In 1978, a Broadway musical called Eubie was based on his songs and put him back in the spotlight, leading him to return to the stage.  Blake was awarded the Medal of Freedom in 1981 and continued to play and record until his death on February 12, 1983. 

US #2988 – Classic First Day Cover

Click here to listen to some of Blake’s music.