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Screen legend William S. Hart honored in stamp series

News USPS series also features Tom Mix, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers

Posted: April 17, 2010 10:01 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2010 4:55 a.m.

From left, Ed Masterson, a field representative for Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste and Jane Pisano, president of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, look on as the William S. Hart stamp is unveiled Saturday in Newhall.

The "Cowboys of the Silver Screen" stamp series was released in a special ceremony Saturday at William S. Hart Park and Museum in Newhall.

Legendary Western movie star William S. Hart, along with three of his fellow actors, are featured on the new United States Postal Service stamps.

Hart made more than 65 films of the silent era and was known for his authentic characters, the museum website states.

"It's great, it's more publicity for us," said Pat Walker, of Canyon Country, with a booklet of stamps and a postcard book in hand. "A lot of the people in the area don't know the historical significance (of the Santa Clarita Valley)."

Museum Director Jack Stewart, donning a cowboy outfit complete with hat, said all four screen stars - Hart, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Tom Mix - had roots in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Marie Montion, a museum volunteer, attended the gathering to learn more about the town's history.

"Being new here, it gave us a chance to learn," Montion said.

The 10 a.m. unveiling was followed by guided museum tours.


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