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PABLO CASALS - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 202406

PABLO CASALS Pablo Casals, an admirer of President John F. Kennedy, signed this 1964 first day cover honoring Kennedy in blue ink. First day cover "Pablo Casals" in blue ink. Lead pencil notations in unknown hand and blue ink stamp on verso. 6½x3½. First day cover honoring President John F.

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PABLO CASALS
Pablo Casals, an admirer of President John F. Kennedy, signed this 1964 first day cover honoring Kennedy in blue ink.
First day cover "Pablo Casals" in blue ink. Lead pencil notations in unknown hand and blue ink stamp on verso. 6½x3½. First day cover honoring President John F. Kennedy with b/w cachet of Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline and four lines of lyrics from the Broadway Play Camelot. Postmarked New York City, Oct. 15, 1964. Two 5¢ stamps affixed, one Kennedy/Eternal Flame stamp, one American Music stamp affixed. FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Lyrics: "'Don't let it be forgot.../That once there was a spot.../For one brief shining moment/That was known as Camelot." One of President John F. Kennedy's favorite songs was reportedly Camelot (Reprise), the last song in the Broadway play Camelot. This first day cover is printed with the last four lines of that song. Casals was an admirer of Kennedy. Casals (1876-1973, born Pau Casals in Vendrell, Spain) achieved worldwide renown as a violoncellist, conductor and composer. Casals was born near Barcelona, Spain, and was a patriot opposed to tyranny. The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) established General Francisco Franco as dictator of a bloody totalitarian state. Casals was so opposed to the Franco regime that he declined to appear in countries that recognized the totalitarian Spanish government, making an exception when he took part in a concert of chamber music in the White House on Nov. 13, 1961, at the invitation of President Kennedy, whom he admired. Lightly toned and soiled. Stained at left edge. Otherwise in fine condition.

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