February 19, 1935: Clifford Odets’ “Awake and Sing,” premieres in New York City at the Belasco Theatre. The play explores the experiences of one Jewish family during the Great Depression. The original production starred Luther and Stella Adler. The play tells the story of the impoverished Berger family and their conflicts as the parents scheme to manipulate their children’s relationships to their own ends, while their children strive for their own dreams.
Displayed here for your viewing pleasure is an unusual philatelic artifact: a U.S. postage stamp honoring Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Scott #864) with an autograph from June 1941 by Odets across the stamp, tying it to its backing paper.
This item was offered at auction in 2008 and realized a selling price of $60.00 plus the 20% Buyer’s Premium.