A Star Is Born

Old Ben Stamp

The 1922 10-cent U.S. “Old Ben” commemorative, honoring a friendly sea lion who frequented Avalon, on Santa Catalina Island, from 1898 to the early 1920s. He was originally tamed by boatmen who tossed him fresh albacore, and became a practiced moocher in the water, on the docks and in the streets, bellowing for fish. His local celebrity led to stardom: Old Ben was featured in a Mack Sennett film, The Sea Nymphs (1914), starring Mabel Normand and Fatty Arbuckle.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s