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Voice of America 1967 First Day Cover with Larry King Autograph

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Larry King who died on January 23, 2021 was a popular American radio and television host best known for his show Larry King Live on CNN which aired from 1985 to 2010. In his later broadcasting career, Larry King was criticized for doing business with  Russian state TV network RT.  In 2014, King said that he does not work for RT, stating that his podcasts, Larry King Now and Politicking, were licensed for a fee to RT America by his New York-based production company Ora TV. 

This First Day of Issue Cover with the 1967 Voice of America commemorative 5-cent stamp shows Larry King’s signature. It is unknown when Larry King signed this VOA First Day Cover, but it is unlikely that his signature dates back to 1967. The cover bearing his signature was distributed by the Aristocrats company with the illustration by Day Lowry.

The Voice of America 25th Anniversary Stamp Ceremony was held at the VOA headquarters in Washington, DC on Tuesday, August 1, 1967. Listed on the official program for the ceremony were: Richard G. Cushing, VOA Acting Director; The Honorable Leonard H. Marks, Director of the United States Information Agency; The Honorable Frederic C. Belen, Deputy Postmaster General of the United States. The program named Georg Olden as the designer of the VOA stamp. It noted that he is the same artist who designed the Emancipation Proclamation commemorative stamp of 1963. He was described in the program as an Executive Vice President of a New York advertising agency. During World War II, Georg Olden, the grandson of a slave and the son of a Baptist preacher, was a graphic designer for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), forerunner of the CIA. According to his Wikipedia biography article, from 1945 to 1960, Olden worked with William Golden, art director for CBS, and as such was one of the first African-Americans to work in television. A Japanese magazine, Idea, once listed him among the top fifteen designers in the United States.

 

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