24 August 2012

Edgar Rice Burroughs: The creator of Tarzan




Date of Issue : 17 August 2012

Hi !

Here is a beautiful stamp issued by US Postal Service on  Edgar Rice Burroughs the creator of Tarzan the famous comic character . Tarzan used to be teenager’s famous character and I remember that also made a big scrap book with daily comic strips of Tarzan published in newspaper those days !! It is making me nostalgic now….A beautiful stamp…..  Go down memory lane….when you were a child !! 

My Thanks to Dr Eli Moallem, Jerusalem - Israel for the images of  some more Tarzan stamps and cover from other counties. .

Have a Great time ….!!   Happy collecting ….!!

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Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic Mars adventurer John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.

When he published his first story in 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs was thirty-six years old, had two small children, and was selling pencil sharpeners. For him, writing was a way to provide for his family after everything else had failed. In fact, he joked that he published his stories in popular fiction magazines because his writing was “just as rotten” as the rest of the stories in them, but more entertaining.

That first short story was called “Under the Moons of Mars.” Burroughs’s second, published the same year, was even more popular. "Tarzan of the Apes" and its iconic jungle man captured the public imagination. A hundred years — and countless adaptations as graphic novels, movies, and television series — later, Tarzan is a ubiquitous part of American popular culture.

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Tarzan was a cultural sensation when introduced. Burroughs was determined to capitalize on Tarzan's popularity in every way possible. He planned to exploit Tarzan through several different media including a syndicated Tarzan comic strip, movies and merchandise. Experts in the field advised against this course of action, stating that the different media would just end up competing against each other. Burroughs went ahead, however, and proved the experts wrong—the public wanted Tarzan in whatever fashion he was offered. Tarzan remains one of the most successful fictional characters to this day and is a cultural icon.

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In either 1915 or 1919, Burroughs purchased a large ranch north of Los Angeles, California, which he named "Tarzana." The citizens of the community that sprang up around the ranch voted to adopt that name when their community, Tarzana, California was formed in 1927.  Also the unincorporated community of Tarzan, Texas, was formally named in 1927 when the US Postal Service accepted the name, reputedly coming from the popularity of the first (silent) Tarzan of the Apes film, starring Elmo Lincoln, and an early "Tarzan" comic strip.

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Independence day special 5-frame exhibit at Philatelic Bureau, Tiruchirapalli /  Trichy, Tamilnadu.

Stamp exhibition in Trichi..

The expo by Tiruchi Philatelist’s Association, one of the oldest surviving in the country, chronicles the ‘saga of India’s freedom struggle though Indian postage stamps’, to quote from the display. Right from the heroes of the First War of Indian Independence like Nana Saheb, Tantya Tope, Rani Lakshmi Bai and Mangal Pandey to Dadabai Naroji, the ‘old man of India’, Tilak who famously uttered ‘Swaraj is my birthright and India’s first prime minster Jawaharlal Nehru, the collection spans a hundred years. Not to forget are milestone events including Vellore Mutiny, the Satyagraha and Jallian walla bagh massacre that changed the face of the movement.

Displayed in five frames, the exhibition features the collection of three young hobbyists. An impressive award-winning collection by R.Susendran, a Class VIII student from Vasavi Vidyalalya, is followed by a single frame display by Irin Princy, B.A. student, Holy Cross College and engineering student, K.Sivachidambaram Pillai.

The expo is on till Septemeber 5 at the Philatelic Bureau, Head Post Office from 10 am to 6 p.m.

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