IT’S SHEP’S BIRTHDAY!
I just encountered this Google facepage today, and wouldn’t ya know, I was planning on posting my Shep postage stamp today!
So here it is ↓
I was this Shep-researcher, see. I encountered two matters
of interest. And I stirred them together.
1. An extraordinary photo of young Shepherd, obviously taken in his earliest days in New York, previously unknown to me, photographed by Roy Schatt (Who took the faux F. R. Ewing shot of Shep in 1956). This is one of the best pictures of him I’ve ever encountered.
He seems at ease and innocent (?) and happy, and he’s dangling the glasses that he probably just took off for the photo, which makes me wonder if this is not a transition stage toward his choice to appear nearly consistently without them. Note my reference in EYF! page 164, quoting his friend Helen Gee: “And he also didn’t see too well. He was wearing contacts. He was one of the first people, I think, to wear contact lenses–or so he told me…He kept boasting about his contact lenses. Vain. Oh, very vain…”
2. I encountered companies on the Internet that offer authentic U. S. postage stamps with one’s own choice of image.
I contacted Schatt’s widow, who gave me permission to use the Shep photo for the stamp. I designed and submitted the layout. The company’s response was that an image of a celebrity can’t be used.
What we have below are the two samples of my fake stamps.
I, Libertine Shep
Do not use these phony stamps.
(Do not try these in the real world.)
Only in yer dreams!
FAKE! NOT REAL! FAKE!
(But wouldn’t it a been neat if they were really fer real?)