Monday, August 15, 2011

Two Postcards of Will Rogers

This (postcard) is a copy of a well known photograph taken at the hight of Will Rogers' career.
World Citizen Ambassador of Good Will
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Will Rogers says ...
"Live your life so that whenever you lose, you are ahead."
Will Rogers

Will Rogers' folksy and timeless wit and wisdom have captivated generations.  Enjoy his humor, and explore his life at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Claremore Oklahoma, the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch, Oologah, Oklahoma, and the Will Rogers State Historic Park, Pacific Palisades, California.

postmarked in 2010 with a USA 28 cent stamp

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William Penn Adair Rogers (better known as "Will" Rogers) (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American cowboy, comedian, humorist, social commentator, vaudeville performer and actor and one of the best-known celebrities in the 1920s and 1930s.

He traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 "talkies"), wrote more than 4,000 nationally-syndicated newspaper columns, and became a world-famous figure. By the mid-1930s, Rogers was adored by the American people. He was the leading political wit, and was the top-paid Hollywood movie star at the time.

His earthy anecdotes and folksy style allowed him to poke fun at gangsters, politicians, government programs, and a host of other controversial topics in a way that was readily appreciated by a national audience, with no one offended.

One Rogers quote:
When I die, my epitaph, or whatever you call those signs on gravestones, is going to read: "I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I never met a man I didn't like." I am so proud of that, I can hardly wait to die so it can be carved.

Rogers died in 1935 with aviator Wiley Post, when their small airplane crashed near Barrow, Alaska.

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