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US Post Office Honors Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone and the Golden Age of Television

Excerpted from USPS Press Release

With these stamps, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates 20 great shows from TV's golden age. For more than half a century, Americans have turned to television for entertainment and information. To those watching in its early days, TV offered the additional excitement of the new. Whether laughing at the first situation comedies, tingling at crime dramas, or identifying with ordinary people who had their day in the spotlight on game shows, audiences were charmed by the novelty of the young medium. Today, memories from television's "childhood"-often especially vivid-are a pure pleasure.

Art director Carl Herrman designed the stamps and worked with twenty2product, a San Francisco-based studio, to give the archival photos used in the stamp art a suitably "retro" look.

The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone, a thought-provoking anthology series focused on the imaginary and the bizarre, began in a half-hour time slot in 1959 and ran for several seasons, ultimately expanding to a full hour. Its creator, a prolific young playwright named Rod Serling (pictured in the stamp art), served as the show's narrator and wrote many episodes.

This intelligent series cautioned viewers not to be too sure of anything. The best scripts for The Twilight Zone dealt with the shadowy area of the almost-but-not-quite; the unbelievable told in terms that could be believed. Time travel was a frequent subject, and so was contact with aliens from outer space. The contest between humanity and technology was another characteristic theme.



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