US Stamps

By John M. Hotchner

Album cover predicts stamp for conductor Arthur Fiedler

August 28, 2015 12:57 PM

  • This record album cover predicts that Arthur Fiedler would one day find a place in the philatelic pantheon. It also shows a stamp image of the Grand Canyon, which had already been included in the National Parks series of 1934, but would also be shown on several subsequent stamps.
  • Arthur Fiedler was honored on a United States postage stamp in 1997, as part of an eight-stamp set depicting American classical composers and conductors.

By John M. Hotchner

Sometimes one has to wonder about people who can predict the future. Is it just happenstance that we see occasional examples — even in philately?

Shown nearby is part of a 1984 Arthur Fiedler record album cover featuring two stamplike images. Robert Bialo, a Fiedler fan and stamp collector, recently found this album, which is a reissue of a 1972 recording.     

Twenty-five years later in 1997, Fiedler was honored on a 32¢ stamp (Scott 3159) in the Classical Composers and Conductors set of the American Music series.

The other stamp image on the album cover is also prescient, as it shows the Grand Canyon, which has since graced the pre-Columbian America 25¢ stamp in 1990 (Scott 2512), a 32¢ stamp in the Celebrate the Century 1910s pane issued in 1998 (3183h), a 60¢ Scenic American Landscape airmail stamp of 2000 (C135), and a 39¢ stamp in the Wonders of America pane of 2006 (4054).

Of course, the Grand Canyon had previously been pictured on a 2¢ stamp in the 1934 National Parks Year issue (Scott 741).