painting of Arturo Toscanini conducting music
Arturo Toscanini stamp art, 1989

Illustrator: Meltzer Davis

Arturo Toscanini, an acclaimed classical musician, served as guest conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 1926 to 1936. Then, in 1937, at age 70, he took charge of the NBC Symphony, an orchestra created by the National Broadcasting Company. Toscanini led this orchestra for 17 years until his retirement in 1954.

Courtesy United States Postal Service, Postmaster General's Collection