Thanks to late night TV and the added bonus of cable channels that run older shows; most American’s have seen or at least know about the television shows that are represented in the Early TV Memories postage stamps. Issued this month by the United States Postal Service, they are already providing to be a hit among collectors and fans alike. The stamps depict different popular classic television shows from the 1950’s and 1960’s.
The Twilight Zone is one of the stamps that are featured in the set. Rod Serling was the creator and narrator of the show. He is also credited with writing many of the imaginary and often bizarre stories that kept American’s on the edge of their seats. Each episode always ended with an unexpected twist, which made you come back each week for more. The Twilight Zone initially ran from 1959 through 1964. Since the original series, there have been several other short lived Twilight Zone revivals, the latest being in 2003.
One of the things that set The Twilight Zone apart from other television shows of that time period is that Serling was able to using his writing as a vehicle of social awareness. At the time, many subjects were censored on American television. Though these science fiction writings, important issues; such as nuclear war, were showcased under the radar of the censors.