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  • Music
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    Metropolitan Opera
    Jerome Kern
    Duke Ellington
    Enrico Caruso
    Arturo Toscanini
    Chicago Symphony Hall
    Carnegie Hall
    Cole Porter
    Elvis Presley
    "Oklahoma!"
    Broadway Musicals
    Songwriters
    Big Bandleaders
    (Goodman, Dorseys, Basie, Miller)
    Basie/Ellington Combo
    Gershwin/Leaders Combo
    "Stars & Stripes Forever"
    CTC-Jazz (Beiderbecke)
    Ballet
    Gershwin Centennial
    The Beatles (CTC)
    Leonard Bernstein
    Irving Berlin
    Paul Robeson
    Henry Mancini
    Marian Anderson
    Yip Harburg
    Judy Garland
    Rock Around The Clock
    The Beatles (UK)
    Ella Fitzgerald
    "Oklahoma!" (statehood)
    Canadian Pop Stars
    Frank Sinatra
    "Take Me Out To The Ball Game"
    Vintage Black Cinema
    Latin Jazz
    Singing Cowboys
    Kate Smith
    Latin Music
    Jazz
    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
    Lydia Mendoza
    Johnny Cash
    Ray Charles
    Elvis Presley
    No. 2 Construction Battalion
    Sarah Vaughan
    Lena Horne
    John Lennon
    Marvin Gaye
    Woodstock
    Eleanor Collins


    Met Opera, Kern, Ellington

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    Dgn 1: Sc. 2054 Metropolitan Opera — the first Dragon Card, a 5"x7" tan card with brown printing, showing the current building at night; First Day of Issue hand cancel. — larger illustration (new window)...$4.00

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    Dgn 1a: Sc. 2054 Metropolitan Opera — the first Dragon Card, a 5"x7" tan card with brown printing, showing the current building at night; NYC philatelic hand cancel on the actual centenary date 10/22/83 (not the first day of issue) — larger illustration (new window).
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    Dgn 1b: Sc. 2054 Metropolitan Opera — block of four on the first Dragon Card, a 5"x7" tan card with brown printing, showing the current building at night; First Day of Issue hand cancel — larger illustration (new window).
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    Versions were also produced with plate blocks and zip blocks. All of those are now sold out, too.

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    Dgn 7: Sc. 2110 Jerome Kern — 5"x7" black-on-yellow Dragon Card, portrait of the composer, First Day of Issue hand cancel — larger illustration (new window)...$2.50

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    Dgn 7c: Sc. 2110 Jerome Kern on a 5"x7" black-on-yellow Dragon Card showing a portrait of the composer. The First Day of Issue hand cancel ties stamps for American Music (he was a founder of ASCAP), George Gershwin (who, at 19, was a rehearsal pianist for Kern), Talking Pictures (Kern won two Oscars), and John McCormack (who made the first popular recording of a Kern song, "The First Rose of Summer"). — larger illustration (new window)...$4.25

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    Dgn 10: Sc. 2211 Duke Ellington — 5"x7" brown-on-tan Dragon Card reproducing a record album cover; First Day of Issue hand cancel — larger illustration (new window)...$2.50

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    Dgn 10c: Sc. 2211 Duke Ellington — 5"x7" brown-on-tan Dragon Card reproducing a record album; First Day of Issue hand cancel tied Sc. 1372 W.C. Handy, 2044 Scott Joplin and 1252 American Music. It sold out quickly.

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    Caruso & Toscanini

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    Dgn 13: Sc. 2250 Enrico Caruso — 5"x7" blue-on-white Dragon Card, reproducing his caricature of himself, his autograph; with the First Day of Issue hand cancel. — larger illustration (new window)...$2.50

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    Dgn 13a: Sc. 2250 Enrico Caruso — 5"x7" blue-on-white Dragon Card, reproducing his caricature of himself, his autograph; with the 1973 Italian Caruso stamp, First Day of Issue hand cancel — larger illustration (new window)...$3.50

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    Dgn 13b: Sc. 2250 Enrico Caruso — 5"x7" blue-on-white Dragon Card, reproducing his caricature of himself and his autograph. With Sound Recording, Met Opera, John McCormack (another Met tenor of that era) and Italy's Caruso stamp, First Day of Issue hand cancel — larger illustration (new window)...$4.25

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    Dgn 25: Sc. 2411 Arturo Toscanini — blue-on-gray standard-size Dragon Card (same size as a #6ľ envelope), showing a full-face photo, First Day of Issue hand cancel — larger illustration (new window)...$2.50

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    Dgn 25c: Sc. 2411 Arturo Toscanini — blue-on-gray standard-size Dragon Card (same size as a #6ľ envelope), showing a full-face photo, First Day of Issue hand cancel tying #1500 Marconi radio (Electronics) and #1705 Sound Recording — larger illustration (new window)...$3.50


    Chicago Symphony, Carnegie Hall, Cole Porter

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    Dgn 32: Sc. UX152 Chicago Symphony Hall postal card with a Dragon Cards cachet: a black art deco-style illustration of classical musicians and conductor. First Day of Issue hand cancel — larger illustration (new window)...$2.50

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    Dgn 32c: Sc. UX152 Chicago Symphony Hall postal card with a Dragon Cards cachet: a black art deco-style illustration of classical musicians and conductor. The First Day of Issue hand cancel ties the card's indicia with Sc. 1252 American Music and Sc. 1845 2¢ Igor Stravinsky. — larger illustration (new window)...$3.00

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    Dgn 33: Sc. UX154 Carnegie Hall postal card with a two-color Dragon Cards cachet. The background is a Harper's magazine drawing of Opening Night; the foreground is a newspaper review and the Centennial logo. First Day of Issue hand cancel. — larger illustration (new window)...$2.50

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    Dgn 33a: Sc. UX154 Carnegie Hall postal card with a two-color Dragon Cards cachet. The background is a Harper's magazine drawing of Opening Night; the foreground is a newspaper review and the Centennial logo. The First Day of Issue hand cancel the card's indicia with stamps for composers/conductors Toscanini, Sousa, Stravinsky, Paderewski...$3.00
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    Dgn 33b: Sc. UX154 Carnegie Hall postal card with a two-color Dragon Cards cachet. The background is a Harper's magazine drawing of Opening Night; the foreground is a newspaper review and the Centennial logo. The First Day of Issue hand cancel the card's indicia with stamps for American Music, W. C. Handy (who performed the first jazz concert there in April 1928), and Gershwin (he premiered 2 works there). — larger illustration (new window)...$3.00

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    Dgn 33c: Sc. UX154 Carnegie Hall postal card with a two-color Dragon Cards cachet. The background is a Harper's magazine drawing of Opening Night; the foreground is a newspaper review and the Centennial logo. The First Day of Issue hand cancel the card's indicia with Sc. 1252 American Music and #171 Andrew Carnegie, First Day of Issue postmark...$3.00
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    Dgn 33d: Sc. UX154 Carnegie Hall postal card with a two-color Dragon Cards cachet. The background is a Harper's magazine drawing of Opening Night; the foreground is a newspaper review and the Centennial logo. A small circular date stamp (CDS) cancel is on the card's indicia. Another stamp was hand canceled in NYC on 5/5/91, the true centennial date...$5.00
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    Dgn 34: Sc. 2550 Cole Porter — green & black-on-beige FDC-size Dragon Card. The design features a printed photo of Porter and a reproduction of the sheet music for "Begin the Beguine," plus a list of his other hits. First Day of Issue hand cancel. — larger illustration (new window)...$2.50

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    Dgn 34a: Sc. 2550 Cole Porter — green & black-on-beige FDC-size Dragon Card. The design features a printed photo of Porter and a reproduction of the sheet music for "Begin the Beguine," plus a list of his other hits. The First Day of Issue hand cancel ties this stamp with Sc. 1252 American Music, issued on the date of his death! It commemorates the founding of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, of which he was an early member. — larger illustration (new window)...$2.75

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    Dgn 34b: Sc. 2550 Cole Porter — green & black-on-beige FDC-size Dragon Card. The design features a printed photo of Porter and a reproduction of the sheet music for "Begin the Beguine," plus a list of his other hits. The First Day of Issue hand cancel ties this stamp with the stamps for fellow Broadway composers, Jerome Kern and George M. Cohan. — larger illustration (new window)...$5.00
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