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.