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How to Lick Hollywood Forever: Postal Service Releases Famous Movie Director Stamps

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A group of iconic film directors who made their mark on Hollywood and the movie industry can now make their mark on your envelopes. Today the U.S. Postal Service is releasing four stamps in honor of well-known classic cinema directors: Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, and Billy Wilder.

Why these four? "They gave audiences an unforgettable (and in some cases, deeply personal) vision of life," notes the USPS on their Beyond the Perf site.

Each stamp shows the director as a portrait with a scene from one of his beloved films. Capra's is "It Happened One Night," Ford's is "The Searchers," Huston's is "The Maltese Falcon," and Wilder's is "Some Like it Hot" (co-starring Marilyn Monroe, who is being honored locally in an upcoming exhibit).

For San Diegans, the Wilder stamp is definitely a renewed source of pride; the stamp depicts the famous Hotel del Coronado, where "Some Like it Hot" was filmed.

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"Art director Derry Noyes designed these stamps using art by award-winning illustrator Gary Kelley, who created the images using pastels on paper," notes the USPS.

And since they are "forever" stamps, like many of the films these men made, they're always going to be good.