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FIRST DAY COVERS

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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.)

 

United States

Scott #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.

 

Scott #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.

 

Scott #903--3c Vermont Statehood Sesquicentennial (March 4, 1941) (Montpelier, VT)

Vermont was the first state after the original 13 to be admitted to the Union.

 

Scott #1071-3c Fort Ticonderoga (September 18, 1955) (Fort Ticonderoga, NY)

Fort Ticonderoga is one of the most historic sites in the USA.

 

Canada

 

#237--Coronation of George VI (May 10, 1937)

The 3c Coronation Stamp was issued at many post offices on the same day.

There was also a special Flag cancellation being used at the time.

 

#245-7--Royal 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 Royal Train Post Office.

 

Newfoundland

Royal Visit of 1939 (June 17, 1939)

A single 5c stamp was issued for the 1 day visit of the Royal Couple to

Newfoundland.

There was also a "Royal Landing" cancel

 

UNITED STATES Royal Train Cancel and Cachets

 

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