Saturday, October 6, 2012

Nicaragua: Christmas 1975

Nicaragua issued a set of 11 stamps in 1975 featuring famous choirs from around the world. One of these is the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, UT (Scott 1003). The image includes the famous tabernacle organ. Other choirs depicted in the set include Einsiedeln Abbey; Regensburg; Vienna Choir Boys; Sistine Chapel; Westminster Cathdral; and on the air-mail stamps: Montserrat Abbey; St. Florian Choir Boys; Choir Boys of the Wooden Cross; Pueri Cantores International Federation (with Pope Paul VI). The Scott catalogue notes that there is in existence an imperforate mini-sheet depicting the Oberndorf Memorial Chapel Choir, but does not list a value. The Mormon Tabernacle stamp is the only one the set that has an organ included. As with most famous, large instruments, the Tabernacle instrument has a convoluted and colorful history; one can read a brief history here.

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