FIRST DAY COVERS
A First Day Cover is an envelope with a stamp
that is cancelled on the day that the stamp was issued. Beginning in
the mid 1920s, a special illustration called a "cachet" was sometimes
printed on the left side of the envelope. In the United States, there
is usually only 1 First Day City (in parentheses below). In Canada, a
stamp is issued at all post offices on the same day.
Cachets are very collectible. I collect the
stamp issues below:
(If you click on a link, it will lead you to a
site with illustrations of all the cachets that I have in my
collection from that particular stamp. I am always interested in
obtaining cachets that I don't have.)
#716--2c Lake Placid Stamp (January 25, 1932) (Lake Placid, NY)
This was the first skiing stamp and first stamp to
honor the Olympic Winter Games.
#791- 2c Navy (January 15, 1937) (Washington, DC)
I am interested in this stamp because it shows Thomas
Macdonough, the hero of the Battle of Plattsburgh.
#903--3c Vermont Statehood Sesquicentennial (March 4, 1941)
Vermont was the first state after the original 13 to be
admitted to the Union.
#1071-3c Fort Ticonderoga (September 18, 1955) (Fort Ticonderoga,
Fort Ticonderoga is one of the most historic sites in
of George VI (May 10, 1937)
The 3c Coronation Stamp was issued at many post offices
on the same day.
There was also a
Flag cancellation being used at the time.
Visit of 1939 (May 15, 1939)
The Royal Visit stamp was issued at many post offices
on the same day.
There were also special cancelations from the
Train Post Office.
Visit of 1939 (June 17, 1939)
A single 5c stamp was issued for the 1 day visit of the
Royal Couple to
There was also a "Royal Landing" cancel
STATES Royal Train Cancel and Cachets
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