US Stamps

John M. Hotchner

Lovers are everywhere on this nifty cover

September 15, 2017 07:00 PM

  • There is hardly an aspect of life that cannot be related to stamp collecting. Here Annunzio Paolo Mantovani is featured in stamp format on the cover of the album To Lovers Everywhere.

U.S. Stamp Notes — By John M. Hotchner

About two years ago (Linn’s Sept. 14, 2015), I featured a long-play album cover that pictured Arthur Fieldler as the subject of a postage stamp — 25 years before the U.S. Postal Service honored him as part of the 1997 eight-stamp set depicting American classical composers and conductors.

Linn’s reader Thomas DeJulio of Bronxville, N.Y., has reported another album cover with a famous conductor, Annunzio Paolo Mantovani, in a stamp image.

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The album, released in 1971, is titled To Lovers Everywhere and is designed to resemble an airmail envelope with a first-day cancel.

Mantovani (1905-1980), a composer, arranger, and violinist — in addition to being a conductor — was known in the 1960s and 70s as the “King of Strings.”

Since Mantovani was born in Venice, Italy, and moved with his family to England at a young age, it is unlikely that he will appear on a U.S. stamp, but maybe Great Britain will honor him one day.