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GUERNSEY
1996

100 years of cinema

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the six panes from the £7 Prestige Booklet
 
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stamp and booklet design by Robin Ollington
Printer:Enschede en Zonen
Process:Offset lithography
Paper:96gsm coated unwatermarked
bluish PVA gum
Sheet:2 × 25
Size of stamp:40.64mm × 29.80mm
Perforation:14.75 × 14
Cylinders:A & B

November 6, 1996, Scott #576-80, SG #711-15, Michel #708-712

from the Guernsey Post Office booklet

100 Years of Cinema in Guernsey

The first films in the world were shown in 1896. Guernsey's first screening was on 31 August that year at St. Julian's Theatre (later the Gaumont). Messrs. Banks and Greaves presented their Vivaceographs or Animated Photographs, five films lasting only a few minutes each.
In the heyday of the cinema, from the 1930s to the 1950s there were half a dozen operating in Guernsey at the same time. The island was on a west-coast circuit and received films soon after their release.
These stamps celebrate one of cinema's most enduringly popular genres, the detective film, with five completely different characters. In chronological order we start with Warner Oland's portrayal of Charlie Chan, the enigmatic Chinese policeman based in Hawaii with a quaint command of English and a nice line in profound Oriental sayings.
With several actors having played Sherlock Holmes, the most cerebral of sleuths, we have chosen Basil Rathbone's interpretation, and similarly with Miss Marple, who solved her cases through the very British qualities of persistance and shrewdness, we go for Margaret Rutherford.
Philip Marlowe is perhaps the most imitated of all detectives, brought to life by Humphrey Bogart's dry, world-weary delivery. And finally there is Inspector Clouseau, Peter Sellers' masterpiece, who somehow always manages to bungle his way to the truth.
The people of Guernsey packed the cinemas to watch all of these characters and it is heartening to see that, after a spell in the doldrums, the industry is thriving once more, with upwards of half a dozen films showing in the island every week...

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Humphrey Bogart [1899-1957] as Philip Marlowe
The Big Sleep (1946)
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Peter Sellers [1925-1980] as Inspector Jacques Clouseau

The Pink Panther (1963); The Return of the Pink Panther (1974); The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976); Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978); Trail of the Pink Panther (1982); Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)

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Basil Rathbone [1892-1967] as Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939); The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939); Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942); Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942); Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943); Sherlock Holmes in Washington (1943); The Spider Woman (1944); The Scarlet Claw (1944); The Pearl of Death (1944); The Woman in Green (1945); Pursuit to Algiers (1945;) The House of Fear (1945); Terror by Night (1946); Dressed to Kill (1946)

#579
Margaret Rutherford [1892-1972] as Miss Jane Marple

Murder, She Said (1961); Murder at the Gallop (1963); Murder Most Foul (1964); Murder Ahoy (1964)

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Warner Oland [1879-1938] as Charlie Chan
(Brian Taves reports that the image on this stamp isn't from a Charlie Chan film at all - It's Warner Oland as Dr. Fu Manchu!)

The Black Camel (1931) Charlie Chan Carries On (1931); Charlie Chan's Chance (1932); Charlie Chan's Greatest Case (1933); Charlie Chan's Courage (1934); Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935); Charlie Chan in London (1934); Charlie Chan in Paris (1935); Charlie Chan in Shanghai (1935); Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936); Charlie Chan at the Race Track (1936); Charlie Chan's Secret (1936); Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937); Charlie Chan at the Opera (1937); Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937); Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)


 

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Guernsey

Second largest of the Channel Islands (dependencies of the British crown, and not strictly part of the United Kingdom, having been so attached since the Norman Conquest of 1066, when they formed part of the duchy of Normandy. Four main islands: Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, and Sark, with lesser islets and a many rocks and reefs. The total land area is 75 square miles (194 square km).) 30 mi (48 km) west of Normandy, Fr., roughly triangular, with an area of 24 sq mi (62 sq km). With Alderney and Sark, Herm, Jethou, and associated islets, it forms the Bailiwick of Guernsey (area 30 sq mi). The capital is St. Peter Port.

The population is mainly of Norman descent with an admixture of Breton. St. Peter Port and St. Sampson are the main towns. Dairy farming with the famous Guernsey breed of cattle is largely confined to the high land in the south. Market gardening is concentrated chiefly in the north, where greenhouses produce tomatoes, flowers, and grapes, mostly exported to England. Tourism has become an important part of Guernsey's economy in the 20th century. The house in St. Peter Port in which the French author Victor Hugo resided from 1855 to 1870 is now a museum. The island relies increasingly on airline services and is served by an airport at La Villaize. There are shipping links with Jersey, Alderney, and Sark; London and Weymouth, Eng.; and Saint-Malo, Fr. Pop. (1986) 55,482.

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