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John Huston (1906-1987) was an American motion-picture director and actor of Scottish and Irish descent on his father's side. 

Huston was raised by his maternal grandparents, Adelia Richardson and John Marcellus Gore.He created some of the most critically acclaimed films of American cinema in his long and distinguished career. He was born in Nevada, Missouri, son of noted stage and screen actor Walter Huston. 

After leaving school at the age of 14, Huston spent 20 years in a variety of professions, working as a boxer, actor, editor, artist, reporter, and screenwriter. 

Mozart was born in Salzburg (Austria) in January 1756, and showed musical gifts at a very early age, composing when he was five and when he was six playing before the Bavarian elector and the Austrian empress. 

Mozart astonished his audiences with his precocious skills; he played to the French and English royal families, had his first music published and wrote his earliest symphonies. The family arrived home late in 1766; nine months later they were off again, to Vienna, where hopes of having an opera by Mozart performed were frustrated by intrigues. 

Mozart died in Vienna early December 1791, and was buried in a Vienna suburb, with little ceremony and in an unmarked grave, in accordance with prevailing custom.

Monaco 2006. 250th anniversary of W.A. Mozart.

  • Monaco 2006. 250th birth anniversary of W.A. Mozart. Steel engraving. Scan by courtesy of Pierre Albuisson. 

Luchino Visconti (1906-1976), Italian director of motion pictures, operas, plays, and ballets, considered by many to be the originator of the influential neorealist movement of Italian cinema, which emphasized authenticity rather than the artificial and romanticized visual style of most Italian films in the 1930s and early 1940s. 

Monaco 2006. 100th birth anniversary of Luchino Visconti.

Visconti was born into an aristocratic family in Milan. After military service in the Italian cavalry (1926-1928), he spent the period from 1929 to 1936 traveling in France.

While in Paris, Visconti worked as an assistant to French director Jean Renoir on Toni (1935), Une Partie de campagne (A Day in the Country, 1936), and other notable films. 

He died in Rome of a stroke at the age of 69.

  • Monaco 2006. 100th birth anniversary of Luchino Visconti. 

The Monegasque Museum of Stamps and Money houses the stamp collection of Prince Rainier III. The museum was built on his request and applies the most modern techniques of presenting the heritage of an inestimable value. As an example the delicate lighting problem has been resolved by applying optic fibers in order to avoid overheating the documents, and favouring an excellent rendition of colours. The Museum's 10th anniversary was celebrated by the issuance of the below stamp. (Freely translated from French by the webmaster. For the original French version, see the link quoted below). 

Monaco 2006. Tenth anniversary of the Monegasque Museum of Stamps and Coins.

  • Monaco 2006. Tenth anniversary of the Monegasque Museum of Stamps and Coins. Scan by courtesy of Pierre Albuisson. 

Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), was an English writer and Nobel laureate, who wrote novels, poems, and short stories, mostly set in India and Burma (now known as Myanmar) during the time of British rule. He received the 1907 Nobel Prize in literature, the first English author to be so honored. Kipling died January 18, 1936, in London. 

  • Monaco 2007. Rudyard Kipling. Centenary of Kipling being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Block of four, signed by Albuisson in the upper selvedge. Click on the image to see the original stamp in large format. The link will open in a new window.  

This block was presented at the Monaco Stamp Exhibition 1st-3rd December 2006. It is favour-cancelled on 1st December 2006 -- officially released only in January 2007 -- and used on a letter sent by ordinary mail from Monaco to Denmark. Kipling's portrait is shown on the background of an illustration inspired by the Jungle Book; the word "If ..." in the lower right corner of the stamp refers to his poem of the same title. For your convenience I have quoted below the poem in English. 

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

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