Washington Bulletin - First Day Covers


1932/3 OGLETHORPE FDC ODDITY

It usually takes us until the 2nd or 3rd week of January to get used to writing the new year date on our checks and letters. Well, here's a First Day Cover of the General Oglethorpe stamp where the postmaster apparently didn't change the year date on his cancellation die until February 12! When the error was detected, a postal employee corrected it by writing a "3" in pen on top of the erroneous date, thus changing 1932 into 1933. A real fun example of an error that was caught before it was too late. Addressed and without a cachet.
$12.50


BLACK CINEMA HEADER STRIP FDC

One of our favorite US stamp issues is the 2008 Vintage Black Cinema pane with five setenant stamps (#4336-40). So it's no surprise that we also really like this very special First Day Cover of that issue. It features a header strip of the five stamps (Black and Tan, The Sport of the Gods, Prinsesse Tam-Tam, Caldonia and Hallelujah) affixed to a #10 ArtCraft cacheted envelope and tied neatly with a pictorial First Day postmark. The header nicely frames the stamps with selvage designed to look like a film reel. A very attractive First Day Cover!
$7.25


2014 ARTCRAFT COLOR PROOF FDCS

Members of the American First Day Cover Society who toured the Washington Press during ArtCraft's 75th Anniversary celebration in 2014 received a set of seven color proofs of the Fort McHenry ArtCraft cachet. The complete set included proofs of each CMYK color (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, blacK) individually plus three progressive proofs (black+cyan, black+cyan+magenta, and all 4 colors). When the stamp was issued, we serviced a very limited number of sets, a few of which included engraved lettering. Here's an opportunity to add a very unusual set of First Day Covers to your ArtCraft collection!
Set without engraving$50.00
Set with engraved lettering$75.00


1936 SUSAN B. ANTHONY FDC

This Susan B. Anthony FDC (#784) has several really nice features. It's franked with a very neatly placed block of 4 stamps, cleanly canceled with a clear readable August 26, 1936 Washington, DC postmark. The cachet is a red and green design by J. A. Roy that is chock full of historical information. The cover appears unaddressed, but there is a very small amount of residue from an address label that has been carefully removed. Overall, this is a prime FDC from the early years of the hobby.
$22.95


PATRIOTIC WAVES DUAL-CANCELED FDC

An abstract design featuring waving red and blue stripes was used on two high value definitives issued in 2015. The $1.00 Patriotic Waves stamp (#4953) was issued on January 12 in Kansas City, MO while a larger $2.00 stamp (#4954) with a similar design was issued on January 30 in Norcross, GA. Both stamps with appropriate First Day postmarks frank this dual-canceled ArtCraft - a nice addition to your FDC collection!
$8.50


CHARLTON HESTON FD CANCEL SET

Cover collectors looking for something a little different will like this set of four Charlton Heston FDCs. Each of the four covers features a different pictorial hand cancel from Hollywood dated April 11, 2014 - the Heston stamp's first day of issue. One features the phrase "Home of the Stars" while another includes a large star in a circle. The third and fourth postmark designs feature a movie projector and a reel of film.
Set of 4$10.00


2010 BOY SCOUT COMBINATION FDC

Many members and supporters of the Boy Scouts of America were disappointed by the design of the 2010 Scouting stamp (#4472). The generic design made no mention of the organization's 100th anniversary nor did it even show a Boy Scout. The ArtCraft cachet for the issue corrected the oversights by celebrating the BSA's centennial. We also added two previous BSA stamps (#995 and #1145) to make a combination cover that any Boy Scout - past or present - would be proud to display.
$5.00


MARTIN LUTHER US / GERMANY FDC

The 500th anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther was commemorated in 1983 on stamps issued by Germany (#1406) and the United States (#2065). This ArtCraft cover includes First Day canceled copies of both. The German stamp is postmarked from Bonn on October 13, 1983 and the US stamp is postmarked Nov. 11, Washington, DC. This dual FDC features a purple color variety cachet making it quite an unusual and desirable item.
$7.95


1929 OHIO CANALIZATION FDC SET

The completion of a federal project to build canals along the Ohio River was commemorated on a 2 stamp issued on October 19, 1929. Seven cities - Cairo, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Evansville, IN; Homestead, PA; Louisville, KY; Pittsburgh, PA and Wheeling, WV - were designated official First Day cities. We're offering a complete set of uncacheted FDCs with one from each of the 7 cities.
Set of 7 FDCs$15.75


TV MEMORIES FULL PANE FDC

The ArtCraft cachet for the full pane of 20 Early TV Memories stamps (#4414) issued August 11, 2009 is really special! It fills the entire left side of the 8" x 11" First Day Cover with original caricatures of some of the biggest stars of television's early days. The pane of 20 stamps is tied to the envelope with a black pictorial postmark featuring a TV set with rabbit-ear antennas.
$14.45


1995 ARTCRAFT CIVIL WAR FDC SET

Many of the major figures and events of the Civil War (and a few minor actors as well) are portrayed on the 20 stamps in the 1995 Civil War issue (#2975a-t). We offer the complete set of 20 First Day Covers, each with an ArtCraft engraved cachet featuring a dramatic battle scene. The covers are postmarked with a pictorial Civil War Classic Collection First Day cancel from Gettysburg, PA that includes a cannon.
Set of 20 FDCs$30.00


1983 PARIS TREATY JOINT FDC

America's War of Independence formally ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on September 3, 1783. The event was commemorated on a U.S. stamp (#2052) and on a French stamp (#1899) that also celebrated the Treaty of Versailles. We have a small stock of ArtCraft cacheted FDCs franked with both stamps and First Day canceled with the Washington, DC and Versailles France September 2, 1983 postmarks.
$7.50


THE SIMPSONS ARTCRAFT FDC SET

The ArtCraft cachets created for the 2009 'The Simpsons' issue (#4399-4403) are among our favorites of recent years. Those six cachets, which we offer here, use original cartoon art that combines with the stamp to create a scene right out of Springfield. Printed in color, there is a different cachet for each of the five characters, plus a sixth cachet for five-stamp combinations. All are canceled with the May 7, 2009 pictorial First Day postmark.
Set of 5 Singles$15.50
Five-stamp Combination$5.25
All Six FDCs$19.50


DC COMICS FIRST DAY POST CARDS

If you're a comic book fan, this offer is for you! Ten DC Comics characters and ten classic comic book covers are pictured in this set of stamped post cards (UX458-77). Each 24 card is First Day canceled with a cartoon-style pictorial postmark and features an ArtCraft engraved cachet. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Flash along with other favorites are all there. Buy the complete set or let us pick a single card at random.
Complete Set of 20$35.00
Random Single Card$3.25


1962 ARTCRAFT XMAS VARIETIES

The standard ArtCraft cachet for the first U.S. Christmas stamp (#1205) was engraved in green and red. But before the design went to press, proofs of a few varieties were made and some of them were serviced and postmarked with the November 1, 1962 First Day cancellation. We have a very small quantity of two such varieties that we're offering to ArtCraft specialists. The first is the same design as the standard cachet, but it's engraved in black and red. The second, engraved in the standard green and red, includes two red ribbon ends inside the wreath at the top of the design.
Black & Red variety$30.00
Red Ribbon variety$25.00
Both$50.00


HISTORIC FLAGS TEN STAMP COMBO

Fitting all 10 of the 6 Historic Flags stamps (#1345-54) on one cover required ArtCraft to use a special 5" x 7 " envelope. The resulting July 4, 1968 First Day Cover is really a perfect fit with a nice balance between the 10 stamps and the engraved cachet with just the right amount of space for the postmark. Add this attractive item to your collection at a modest price.
$6.50


STAR WARS EXPRESS MAIL FDC SET

Among the rarest of all modern day First Days are the three Express Mail Prepaid Flat Rate envelopes issued May 6, 2007. Each 9 " x 12 " envelope (#U661) is franked with a pre-printed $16.25 Marine One Express Mail stamp and has a large ArtCraft cachet engraved in red. The entire back of each envelope features a picture of a different Star Wars character. Choose from Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda or Darth Vader.
Set of all 3$70.00
Obi-Wan Kenobi$25.00
Yoda$25.00
Darth Vader$25.00


PREXY LIBRARIES PORTRAIT CARDS

When the 37 Presidential Libraries stamp (#3930) was issued on August 4, 2005, the USPS offered 13 different pictorial First Day postmarks - one for each of the Presidential Libraries and Museums that existed at the time. We prepared First Day canceled portrait cards for 10 of the Libraries. The Presidents pictured on the 5" x 7" ArtCraft engraved cards are Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. We offer them individually or as a set.
Set of all ten cards$35.00
Harry S. Truman$5.00
Dwight D. Eisenhower$5.00
John F. Kennedy$5.00
Lyndon B. Johnson$5.00
Richard M. Nixon$5.00
Gerald R. Ford$5.00
James E. Carter$5.00
Ronald W. Reagan$5.00
George H. W. Bush$5.00
William J. Clinton$5.00


ARTCRAFT AIRMAIL COLOR VARIETIES

The 1963 American Airmail Society convention was the site of a First Day Ceremony for the 6 red Bald Eagle Air postcard rate stamp (#C67) and ArtCraft produced the official cachet for the event. Unlike most ArtCrafts, this one was engraved on a postcard rather than an envelope, and while most of the cachets are black, a few were printed in red, blue, or green. We have a very small quantity of these color varieties pencil-addressed to "Decker," a name familiar to ArtCraft specialists.
Red cachet only$9.50
Blue cachet only$9.50
Green cachet only$9.50
Set of 3 (1 red, 1 blue, 1 green)$25.00


ARTMASTER 1984 OLYMPICS FDC SET

The USPS went all out for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, issuing numerous se-tenants in a variety of denominations. This offer includes 16 of those stamps (#2048-51, and C101-C112) each canceled First Day of Issue on an Artmaster cacheted cover. Every cover has a different cachet printed in two colors with engraved lettering. As a bonus, we're also including a cover franked with a se-tenant block of the 13 stamps (#2051a), and yes, it too has a unique cachet!
Set of 17 Covers$32.50


MOON LANDING ANNIVERSARY FDC

One of our favorite space themed issues is the 25th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing souvenir sheet (#2841). The 29 stamp design by Paul and Chris Calle features Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface smartly saluting the flag with the beautiful blue Earth rising behind him. The design is repeated on 12 stamps in a souvenir sheet that also includes silver lettering, a large Earth against the darkness of space, and Armstrong's immortal quote. The full souvenir sheet looks great on an 8 3/4" x 11 1/4" ArtCraft cacheted First Day Cover canceled on the 25th anniversary of one of mankind's greatest technological achievements.
$10.75


2012 HEART HEALTH CACHET VARIETY

When our artist designed the ArtCraft cachet for the 2012 Heart Health stamp (#4625) she intended for the small lettering to be engraved in black and the large lettering and graphic heart in red. However, due to technical difficulties, only a small number of cachets were actually engraved in two colors, and the majority of the press run was engraved with all red lettering. We prepared a small number of FDCs with the red and black engraved cachets. Would you like one for your collection?
$6.95


2013 HANUKKAH EARLY RELEASE FDC

The USPS planned to issue the newly-designed 2013 Hanukkah stamp (#4824) on November 19 at the big ASDA Fall Stamp Show in New York City. That is, until somebody discovered that because Hanukkah started early in 2013 there wouldn't be enough time to use the new stamps on holiday cards! So they were unceremoniously released nationwide on November 9 and the official First Day went on as planned. This ArtCraft cover is franked with two Hanukkah stamps - one canceled on November 9 and the other with the November 19 First Day postmark. Because Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of a single day's supply of oil lasting for eight, what better place for the early postmark then Oil City, PA?
$7.50


MARCH ON WASHINGTON COMBO FDC

One of the pivotal events in the fight for Civil Rights was the August 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was in that setting that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the "I Have a Dream" speech and where a quarter million marchers peacefully demonstrated for equality. We have prepared a special First Day Cover of the 2013 stamp (#4804) that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the march. It includes the 15 Martin Luther King stamp (#1771) and the 37 March on Washington stamp from the More Perfect Union sheet (#3937h), with all three tied to the ArtCraft cacheted cover with a pictorial First Day postmark.
$6.50


TIPEX SOUVENIR SHEET FDC

The decade of the 1930s was a period of tremendous diversity and creativity for cachetmakers in the New York area, so naturally TIPEX - the Third International Philatelic Exhibition - was an opportunity for those artists to showcase their work. Dr. Harry Ioor was one of the better-known cachetmakers of the time, and we're pleased to offer his two-color design for the TIPEX souvenir sheet (#778) on an unaddressed cover with the May 9, 1936 TIPEX Station First Day postmark from New York.
$17.50


1934 MARYLAND TERCENTENARY FDC

The two-color Linprint cachet on this Maryland Tercentenary First Day Cover (#736) features George Calvert, First Lord Baltimore and one of the two ships sent to colonize Maryland. That first settlement at St. Mary's City was established on March 27, 1634 on land purchased from the native Yaocomico tribe. The cover is type-addressed and neatly canceled at Saint Mary's City, Maryland on March 23, 1934.
$12.50


1939 STATEHOOD FDC SET

Four statehood anniversaries were celebrated on one stamp issued in November of 1939: North and South Dakota on the 2nd, Montana on the 8th, and Washington on the 11th. This set of four type-addressed First Day Covers of that stamp (#858) features 4 different postmarks plus 4 different cachets. If you like fine engraving, you'll love the two-color designs produced by Ross Engraving Company of New York.
Set of 4 covers$37.50


ARTCRAFT COLOR WILDFLOWERS SET

The twenty-stamp pane is the current standard for se-tenant stamp issues, but in 1992 the USPS issued a pane of fifty different Wildflowers stamps (Scott #2647-96). At the time Artcraft commissioned wildlife artist Elisabeth Kelly to create fifty cachets in watercolor and the result was a spectacular set of First Day Covers. Kelly captured all of the details and subtleties of color of the fifty flowers in her paintings. Her realistically rendered cachets balance the "artistic liberties" taken in the stamp art. You will be delighted by this outstanding first day cover set.
$97.50


LBJ INAUGURATION/LADY BIRD FDC

The issuance of a Lady Bird Johnson commemorative presented an opportunity for us to create this interesting combination cover. It is an Inauguration Day cover with an ArtCraft engraved cachet featuring a portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson and postmarked January 20, 1965 to which we've added the Lady Bird Johnson stamp. That Forever stamp (#4716f) has been canceled with a November 30, 2012, Austin, TX First Day of Issue postmark. This Inauguration Day/First Day combo is a real "twofer".
$7.50


EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION COMBO

The 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was commemorated on a Forever stamp (#4721) issued January 1, 2013. ArtCraft created a special combination cover that includes the 4 Lincoln statue stamp (#1116), 4 Lincoln coil (#1303), and 5 Emancipation Proclamation Centenary stamp (#1233). All four stamps are tied to this special cover with a pictorial First Day postmark.
$5.95


ROSA PARKS BUS BOYCOTT FDC

The arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955 for refusing to give up her seat on the bus was the spark that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott - one of the seminal events in the Civil Rights Movement. This 2013 ArtCraft cacheted Rosa Parks FDC (#4742) is also franked with the Bus Boycott stamp (#3937e) from the More Perfect Union issue of 2005 and the 1979 Martin Luther King stamp (#1771). As the leader of the boycott, Dr. King gained national recognition as a Civil Rights spokesman. The three stamps are neatly tied to the cover with a February 4, 2013 pictorial First Day postmark which features a city bus.
$7.50


TED WILLIAMS BOSOX CLUB FDC

When the USPS announced plans to issue a Ted Williams MLB All-Stars stamp (#4694) in 2012, the BoSox Club - official boosters of the Boston Red Sox - contacted ArtCraft to create a special cachet. The resulting cachet is printed in color on ArtCraft watermarked envelopes and includes the Club's logo and a dramatic portrait of "the splendid splinter" following through on his perfect swing. Through a special arrangement with the club, we have secured a small quantity of this special item to offer to our customers. First Day canceled with the July 21, 2012 Ted Williams pictorial postmark, this is a winner!
$7.50


1938 6 AIR MAIL FIRST DAY

A lovely two-color 6 air mail stamp (#C23) featuring an eagle in flight printed on a blue background was issued on May 14, 1938. Fittingly, the First Day city was Dayton, Ohio, hometown of the Wright Brothers. We're offering a remarkably fresh First Day Cover that comes with a bit of a mystery. The Fidelity cachet on this lightly pencil-addressed airmail envelope has the name "Irwin Wright" hidden in the lower right corner of the mail bag design. We're not familiar with a cachet artist by that name... perhaps he's related to the famous brothers?
$16.50


FOUR FLAGS SPECIAL FDC SET

Freedom, Liberty, Equality, and Justice are the lofty principles found on the Four Flags stamps, but did you know they are also the names of 4 American towns? Well, they are, and each one offered a pictorial First Day of Sale postmark on the stamp's February 22, 2012 nationwide release date. We offer this special set of four ArtCraft cacheted FDCs from Freedom Pennsylvania, Liberty Missouri, Equality Alabama, and Justice, Illinois.
$9.50


PROCLAMATION CENTENARY FD CARD

Abraham Lincoln's cabinet - the famed Team of Rivals - is pictured on this postcard. Based on an engraving of the painting "First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln" by Francis Bicknell Carpenter, the card is franked with the 1963 Emancipation Proclamation stamp (#1233) and postmarked on the First Day of Issue. Carpenter's painting now resides in the U. S. Capitol, but this First Day canceled card can reside in your collection.
$3.50


2012 BURROUGHS FDC VARIETIES

This offer highlights two outstanding pictorial postmarks created for the Edgar Rice Burroughs stamp (#4702) issued on August 17, 2012 in Tarzana, CA. The first, from Tarzana Cultural Center Station, shows Burroughs' most famous character swinging through the jungle on a vine. The second shows the King of the Jungle, spear in hand, riding on the back of a lion. That postmark was sponsored by Dum-Dum, the annual meeting of Edgar Rice Burroughs fans. These two unofficial First Day Covers feature ArtCraft cachets. We offer the two covers as a set.
$8.95


CHERRY BLOSSOMS MAXICARD SET

While the scanned image doesn't do them justice, "Spectacular!" is the first word that will come to your mind when you see these two post cards. One pictures the U.S. Capitol Building and the other the Jefferson Memorial - both surrounded by loads of cherry blossoms in full bloom. The cards were printed by a special process that combines metallic foil and ink to create a shimmering, almost 3D effect. Each is franked with a se-tenant pair of the 2012 Cherry Blossoms stamps (#4651-52) and canceled on the First Day of Issue. If you're looking for something really special, you've found it with these cards!
One Card$7.50
Set of 2 Different Cards$12.50


CIVIL WAR POSTAL CARDS FDC SET

When the USPS issued a sheet of 20 different Civil War stamps in 1995, a set of 20 postal cards was also released. The 20 cards (#UX200-219) show enlarged versions of the stamp designs on their picture sides and include short descriptions of the stamp subjects on the address sides. The set we're offering is First Day canceled with a June 29, 1995 pictorial strike from Gettysburg, PA and an ArtCraft cachet featuring Abraham Lincoln. This set is an often overlooked Civil War topical that we're pleased to offer to our customers at a nice price.
Set of 20 Cards$35.00


ARTCRAFT 2011 MARCH PARTY FDC

The ArtCraft cachet for the "Neon Celebrate" stamp (#4502) celebrates the joys of stamp collecting with a fanciful cartoon depiction of the hijinks at a "typical" stamp show. Collectors are shown dancing on the tables, bobbing for stamps, tossing stamp confetti in the air and enjoying a soak in a hot tub along with their stamps! We offer two FDCs with a variety of that cachet including engraved type created especially for the Garfield-Perry Stamp Club's March Party, where the stamp debuted on March 25, 2011. One has a standard First Day of Issue postmark and the other has a special "Let's Celebrate Station" pictorial postmark.
Standard FDC$5.00
Pictorial Postmark$6.50
Both$10.00


BASEBALL POSTAL CARDS FDC SET

Major League Baseball joined in the festivities surrounding the Millennium by announcing an "All Century Team" in 2000. Taking the cue, the USPS issued a sheet of 20 stamps and a booklet of matching postal cards (#UX337-356) showcasing some of the game's brightest luminaries. First Day canceled postal cards of this issue aren't nearly as common as the stamped FDCs are, especially with cachets. That's why we think you'll appreciate these ArtCraft cacheted cards, as a complete set of 20 or as a randomly selected single card.
Complete Set of 20$45.00
Random Card$5.00


1943 AIR TRANSPORT BOOKLET FDC

A variety of the 6c WWII Transport stamp was issued on March 18, 1943 in a booklet of 3. This unaddressed First Day Cover is franked with the full pane (#C25a) and features a W.G. Crosby cachet. The airmail envelope has red thermographed lettering and a pasted-on photo of a Pan-Am Clipper flying boat with a dogsled team in the foreground. The Washington, DC postmark is exceptionally clear.
C25a Crosby FDC$45.00


BASEBALL FIELDS FULL PANE FDC

Only four of the ten Legendary Baseball Playing Fields featured in this June 27, 2001 issue were still standing on the stamp's First Day of Issue. That's why the homes of those venerable arenas were each bestowed the honor of First Day City. This extra-large ArtCraft cacheted FDC is franked with a full pane of 20 of these nostalgic stamps (#3510-19) and canceled with all four First Day Postmarks: Detroit, New York, Boston and Chicago. Get 'em while they're red hot!
$12.50


YOSEMITE FLAG FDC WITH 5 PLATE #s

The 25c Flag Over Yosemite coil stamp was issued in two varieties. The first was issued with block phosphorescent tagging on May 20, 1988. The second was printed on prephosphored paper and issued February 14, 1989. This spectacular First Day Cover of that second variety (#2280a) is franked with five different plate number singles; #5, #6, #7, #8, and #9!
$65.00


1938 CONSTITUTION RATIFICATION FDC

After the newly crafted federal Constitution was adopted by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787, it still had to be ratified by 9 of the 13 states to become law. That happened on June 21, 1788, when New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify. This 1938 Fidelity cacheted First Day Cover of the 3 Constitution Ratification stamp (#835) celebrates the 150th Anniversary of that date. Neatly first day canceled in Philadelphia on June 21, 1938, this cover is very clean and unaddressed.
$12.00


VERRAZANO BRIDGE SOUVENIR FDC

The opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on November 21, 1964 was a gala event, attended by a throng of celebrities, dignitaries and (of course) politicians. The Post Office Department issued a 5 stamp (#1258) on that date to commemorate what was the world's longest suspension bridge at the time. A contractor on the project, Johnson Electrical Corporation, distributed souvenir packets that included a black and white cacheted #10 envelope First Day canceled in Staten Island, New York which we offer here.
$4.95


2002 USMA ARTCRAFT VARIETY

The standard black engraved ArtCraft cachet for the U. S. Military Academy Bicentennial stamp (#3560) of 2002 features a cadet in full dress uniform standing smartly at attention on the Academy's West Point campus. That cachet was the last one engraved by Woodbury and Company for ArtCraft. At the time, Washington Press used the same artwork to print a small batch of cachets by offset lithography in blue. Those covers were franked with the new USMA stamp in combination with the 1937 West Point stamp (#789) from the Army-Navy series. We offer that limited edition cover while they last.
$7.95


MOON LANDING FIRST DAY POSTER

The attractive color illustration on this 8" x 10" poster includes Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin along with the NASA mission patch and the target of their historic mission, the moon. A 10 Man on the Moon stamp (#C76) is tied to the bottom of the poster with the unique Moon Landing USA first day postmark of July 20, 1969. A very nice addition to your Space topical collection!
$7.25


BICENTENNIAL ERA ENVELOPE FDC SET

A rather unusual set of 5 stamped envelopes (#U571-5) was issued over an 11 month period beginning with the October 13, 1975 release of an embossed envelope celebrating America's Seafaring Tradition. That issue was followed by envelopes celebrating Colonial America's Homemakers, Farmers, Doctors, and Craftsmen. Three things make these envelopes unusual: their textured ?laid? paper, the brown color of the paper, and the printing on the left side of the envelope ? something previously unseen on a stamped envelope. We offer the set of 5 in #6 3/4 and #10 sizes with first day cancels and ArtCraft cachets.
#6 3/4$7.50
#10$8.00
Both sizes$14.50


CONSTITUTION SESQUICENTENNIAL FDC

One hundred and fifty years after the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia adopted the Constitution on September 17, 1787, a 3 stamp (#798) was issued in the same city to commemorate that seminal event in our nation's history. The Fidelity Stamp Company made its first cachet, a blue and red drawing of a militiaman and Independence Hall, for that stamp. We offer that Fidelity FDC in clean unaddressed condition. A great item for collectors of first cachets!
$12.50


SPECIAL 1998 UNCLE SAM FDC

Now here's a patriotic First Day Cover if ever we saw one! It includes Uncle Sam in three different places and his hat in a fourth. The blue engraved ArtCraft cachet shows the old patriot in his familiar "I want You" pose. He's also seen smartly saluting on the 22 stamp that franks this cover in combination with an "H" Rate Uncle Sam's Hat stamp. The icing on the cake is the November 9, 1998 blue pictorial postmark sponsored by the Uncle Sam Stamp Club of Troy, NY which also includes a drawing of America's favorite uncle.
$4.50


2007 COMIC SUPERHEROES FDC SET

Spiderman wove his web on Broadway. Silver Surfer, Iron Man and Captain America have all appeared on the big screen. The Incredible Hulk and the Fantastic Four had television series. All of them, however, were originally conceived as comic book characters and in 2007, they were featured on a set of Marvel Comics Superheroes stamps (#4159a-t). We're offering the complete set on 10 ArtCraft First Day Covers. Each cover is franked with two stamps, one shows the character and the other features a comic book cover. Both stamps are canceled with a Spiderman pictorial First Day postmark.
Set of 10 FDC$32.50


18 WASHINGTON MONUMENT PNC FDC

The 1985 Washington Monument coil stamp (#2149) was one of the first to be printed using the multicolor gravure Andreotti press. Consequently, plate numbers for this stamp include four digits, one for each color. First Day Covers franked with plate numbers of this stamp are not commonly seen, but we have a modest inventory of ArtCraft cacheted unaddressed FDCs with plate number pairs, neatly canceled Nov 6, 1985.
Plate # pair$15.00


ARTCRAFT 1944 MOTION PIX FDC

We've gone way back to the early days of ArtCraft cachets for this offer. The 50th Anniversary of Motion Pictures was celebrated on a stamp (#926) issued October 31, 1944 in two first day cities - New York and Los Angeles. We offer an unaddressed ArtCraft FDC franked with a block of four and canceled in either city. The cachet features Thomas Edison and his kinetoscope, the first commercial moving picture machine.
New York cancel$12.50
Los Angeles cancel$14.50
Both$25.00


JAMES DEAN FDC POST CARD SET

Even though he starred in only three films - 'East of Eden', 'Rebel Without a Cause', and 'Giant' - James Dean became an American icon whose fame has endured more than 50 years after his tragic death in a 1955 head-on collision. Each of the five post cards in this set is franked with a 1996 James Dean Legend of Hollywood stamp (#3082) and canceled with the Warner Brothers Studio First Day postmark.
$16.25


LBJ BIRTHDAY ARTCRAFT VARIETY

To mark the 75th anniversary of the birth of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, the LBJ Library sponsored a pictorial postmark featuring a stylized American flag and LBJ's birth and death years. The ArtCraft cachet variety we're offering here was specially printed for the occasion. It is the same basic design as the cachet used for the 8 Johnson memorial stamp (#1503) issued ten years earlier, but is engraved in blue rather than black. Also, the words 'Official First Day of Issue' aren't printed on this cachet.
$4.50


1984 ARCHIVES A/C VARIETY FDC

This cachet variety First Day Cover of the 1984 National Archives stamp (#2081) differs from the standard ArtCraft cachet in three important ways. Most noticeably, the inset picture captioned 'What is Past is Prologue' is missing. Secondly, the words '50th Anniversary' are not italicized and have been moved. And finally, even though the cachet is clearly an ArtCraft, the familiar artist's palette and brushes logo is missing! This ArtCraft variety is not at all common.
$12.50


GEORGE MEANY HF CACHET VARIETY

House of Farnam is well known for high quality multi-color engraved cachets. And while most 'HF' first day covers are not rare, some of the cachet varieties are hard to find. Such is the case with this George Meany FDC (#2848) from August 16, 1994. It was customized with the name 'Cashman, Farrell and Associates' in brilliant gold foil script at the top of the cachet. This is a nice item if you like unusual First Day Covers.
$5.00


PROJECT MERCURY PLATE BLOCK FDC

Even if you already have a Project Mercury First Day Cover (#1193) in your collection, you should consider this offer. We recently found a small supply of exceptionally clean ArtCraft FDCs of this issue franked with plate blocks. The large rubber first day cancels that tie the stamps to the cover are perfectly placed and very legible. The fascinating story of the extremely unusual circumstances surrounding the release of the 1962 Project Mercury stamp is documented in a flyer which accompanies this historic FDC.
$9.50


WORLDS FAIR ARTCRAFT VARIETIES

ArtCraft produced a special cachet featuring the Vatican Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair. The cachet was engraved in both blue and brown and was intended for use with Vatican stamps. We have found a few of each of these cachets franked with the U.S. 5 World's Fair stamp (#1244) and First Day canceled. The covers have been lightly pencil addressed by William Decker - a name familiar to ArtCraft specialists. Choose this ArtCraft variety in either blue or brown, or take them both for a special price.
Blue Cachet$7.50
Brown Cachet$7.50
Both$12.50


ARTCRAFT VARIETY FIRE PUMPER FDC

The 20 Transportation Coil series stamp (#1908) issued Dec. 10, 1981 pictures a horse-drawn fire pumper made by the Amoskeag Company in 1860. ArtCraft produced a red engraved cachet variety for Amoskeag on which the line "at the turn of the century" found on the standard cachet is replaced with "1831 - Amoskeag Company - 1981." We have just discovered a few FDCs of this variety engraved in black; a color previously unlisted for this cachet! Better still, some of these new discoveries are franked with plate number singles of plates 5 and 6, which are very desirable numbers. While supplies last...
Single - no plate #$15.00
Single with plate #$25.00


CONNECTICUT TERCENTENARY FDC

This First Day Cover of the Connecticut Tercentenary stamp (#772) issued April 26, 1935 features the first (and possibly only) Dodd cachet. Regardless, it's a lovely cachet. Printed in blue, it features an intricate drawing of the Charter Oak along with a description of the tree's significance in the history of the Nutmeg State. In addition, there is a black rubber stamped cachet sponsored by the Hartford Chamber of Commerce on the back of the cover. Two cachets for the price of one!
$10.00


WSE PREXY CACHET VARIETIES

Prexy specialist? Collector of cachet varieties? This one's for you! We have found a very limited number of First Day Covers of the 3 low value Presidential stamps of 1938 (#803-5) with Washington Stamp Exchange cachets printed on 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" post cards. The two-color cachets on the 1/2 Franklin, 1 Washington, and 1 1/2 Martha Washington are the same as those found on the more commonly seen WSE cacheted envelopes for these issues, but this is the first time we've seen them printed on cards.
Set of 3$25.00


ARTIST SIGNED NJ STAMP POSTER

Here's an interesting limited edition item. It is a 7 1/2" x 12 1/2" poster featuring the artist's sketch of the 1964 New Jersey Tercentenary stamp. The poster is franked with a First Day canceled copy of the stamp (#1247) and autographed by the designer, Douglass Allen. The back of the poster is hand numbered attesting to the very limited number (300) of this edition.
$14.95


LEGENDS OF THE WEST PC FDC SET

When the Legends of the West stamps were issued on October 18, 1994, a set of postal cards with the same designs was also issued. Although it is common practice now, this was the first time that a set of stamps and cards shared the same designs. We offer the complete set of 20 cards (#UX178-97) with an ArtCraft engraved cachet and your choice of First Day cancel: Laramie, WY, Lawton, OK, or Tucson, AZ.
Set of 20 cards with Laramie, WY cancel$40.00
Set of 20 cards with Lawton, OK cancel$40.00
Set of 20 cards with Tucson, AZ cancel$40.00
3 Sets (1 of Each City)$100.00


'AMERICAN MOON' FIRST DAY COVER

The cachet on this First Man on the Moon FDC proposes that the U.S. Congress should declare the Moon an American possession based on the fact that Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin were the first men to set foot on it and they planted the American flag there. In addition to the Moon Landing stamp (#C76), the cover is franked with the Apollo 8 stamp (#1371). The dual date First Day postmark reads Washington, DC Sep. 9, 1969 and Moon Landing USA Jul 20, 1969.
$4.95


JOINT UN/US FIRST DAY FOLDER

"Peace, Justice and Progress" is the theme of a set of two stamps (#213 and #214) issued by the United Nations on November 20, 1970 in connection with the organization's 25th anniversary. The United States Postal Service also issued a stamp (#1419) on that same date celebrating the milestone UN anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, a folder was produced with first day canceled stamps from both the USPS and UN Postal Administration. The folder measures 4 1/4" x 7 1/4" and features the logos of both organizations on the cover. This is a nice double FDC for a modest price!
$3.95


1972 APOLLO 17 COVER TRIO

This set of 3 covers documents Mankind's last visit to the Moon; the Apollo 17 Mission. The first cover, postmarked Kennedy Space Center, depicts the launch, 33 minutes past midnight on December 7, 1972. The second shows the Lunar Module touching down on the Moon's surface four days later and is postmarked Houston, Dec 11, 1972. The splashdown is featured on the third cover, which is franked with a Christmas stamp postmarked Cape Canaveral, Dec 19, 1972. All three include colorful Astro Documenta cachets.
$13.50


1988 CABLE CAR PLATE #2 FDC

Transportation coil collectors take note. This Artmaster cacheted 20 Cable Car First Day Cover (#2263) has a lot to recommend it. First, it is franked with a plate number strip of five stamps rather than the more commonly seen strip of three. Second, the plate number is #2; a rare number on first days. Finally, the cachet includes a fact-filled account of the history of San Francisco's iconic cable cars. It comes to you unaddressed and neatly First Day canceled in San Francisco, October 28, 1988.
$37.50


2009 KWANZAA FIRST DAY ERROR

The USPS issued a 44 Kwanzaa stamp (#4434) on October 9, 2009 in New York City. So why does this ArtCraft cacheted Kwanzaa FDC have a First Day of Issue postmark dated a day earlier - October 8, 2009? Apparently, the cancellation device for the First Day of the 2009 Winter Holidays stamps was used by mistake, thereby creating an unusual First Day cancellation error.
$6.95


GERALD FORD FD PORTRAIT CARDS

On August 31, 2007, a 41 commemorative (#4199) was issued in both Rancho Mirage, CA and Grand Rapids, MI in honor of Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States. We prepared some very special First Day Covers of that stamp using 5" x 7" ArtCraft engraved portrait cards originally designed for Ford's Inauguration. The cachet includes a large portrait of President Ford along with a quote and a facsimile of his signature. Select either First Day cancellation or take both for a special price.
Rancho Mirage, CA cancel$5.00
Grand Rapids, MI cancel$5.00
Both cards - one each cancel$8.50


'D' STAMPS 1985 ARTCRAFT COMBO FD

This "D" rate change Eagle stamped envelope (Scott #U607) with an Artcraft cachet has added franking of three different "D" stamps: the sheet variety (#2111), coil (#2112), and booklet pane single (#2113). All are tied to the entire by a February 1, 1985, Los Angeles, first day postmark. It's an appealing combination FDC, whose green engraved cachet (to match the stamps' color) is a special added attraction.
$4.50


LADY LIBERTY POST CARD FD TRIO

Here's a really attractive set of three post cards franked with the 22 Statue of Liberty Centennial stamp (#2224) with First Day of Issue cancellations. The first features a head-on view of the statue towering over Liberty Island. The second card shows Lady Liberty against the backdrop of lower Manhattan and the Twin Towers. Measurements and statistics abound on the third card, a vertical shot of the Statue and base. The set of three canceled July 4, 1986 at Liberty Island, NY/NJ sells for $7.50.
$7.50


1989 USPS MOON LANDING FDC

Unlike many foreign Postal Administrations, the US Postal Service does not regularly produce cacheted First Day Covers. A rare exception is this FDC of the $2.40 Priority Mail stamp (#2419) issued July 20, 1989 to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the first manned Moon Landing. The cachet was designed by Paul Calle, father of the stamp's designer Chris Calle, and was intended to promote the use of Priority Mail.
$7.95


HOOVER PREZ LIBRARIES FD CARD

When the 37 Presidential Libraries stamp (#3930) was issued on August 4, 2005, there were First Day Ceremonies and pictorial First Day postmarks offered in 13 cities associated with various Presidential Libraries. This postcard, with a photo of the Herbert Hoover Birthplace, is franked with the Presidential Libraries stamp and First Day canceled in West Branch, Iowa; home of the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site which includes Hoover's Birthplace and Presidential Library.
$2.95


1972 YELLOWSTONE FD CANCEL TRIO

There are two First Day cities for the 8 Old Faithful stamp (#1453) issued March 1, 1972: Washington, DC and Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. This trio of ArtCraft cacheted FDCs includes one of each cancel plus a March 1, 1972 slogan cancel, also from Yellowstone. The slogan commemorates "National Parks Centennial Year 1872 - 1972."
All three varieties$9.95


2005 REAGAN PORTRAIT CARD FD

Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States, is honored on a 37 commemorative (#3897) issued February 9, 2005. We prepared some special first day covers of that issue on 5" x 7" ArtCraft engraved portrait cards. The First Day cancel, which includes a facsimile of Reagan's autograph, is from Simi Valley, California, the site of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. This striking memento of one of our most transformational leaders is suitable for framing.
$5.00


1988 CLASSIC CARS BOOKLET FDC

If you think that all cars look alike nowadays, then you'll appreciate this First Day Cover. Franked with a full booklet pane of five 25 Classic Cars stamps (#2385a) and with a maroon ArtCraft engraved cachet, it recalls an era of distinctively styled automobiles. The stamps are tied to the cover with an August 25, 1988 Detroit First Day cancel, and include a Locomobile, a Pierce-Arrow, a Cord, a Packard, and (our favorite) a Duesenberg.
$5.00


LEWIS & CLARK ARTCRAFT VARIETY

Local historians from St. Charles, MO were rightly proud of their city's role as the starting point of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and so they commissioned ArtCraft to create a cachet specifically noting that fact. The result was an "all litho" variety of ArtCraft's cachet for the 2004 Lewis & Clark stamp (#3854) that mentions the May 21, 1804 departure from St. Charles. Those covers were hand canceled with the Lewis & Clark stamp's May 14, 2004 First Day postmark from St. Charles plus a pictorial postmark dated May 21, 2004 from Lewis & Clark Station. An interesting historical variety!
$4.95


WRIGHT BROS DUAL CANCELED FDC

The USPS chose two different cities - Dayton, Ohio and Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina - as official first day cities for the 2003 Wright Brothers stamp. Kill Devil Hills was the site of the 1903 historic first flight and Dayton was the Wright's home town and the current site of the U.S. Air Force Museum. This ArtCraft FDC is franked with two of the 37 commemorative (#3783). The top one is canceled with the Kill Devil Hills First Day postmark and the bottom one with a similar Dayton postmark. These attractive pictorial postmarks incorporate the Wright Flyer, the Project Mercury space capsule and the space shuttle in the design.
$6.50


SPECIAL DELIVERY FDC SET

The 1969 and 1971 Special Delivery stamps were designed by graphic artist Norman Ives. Highly regarded for his geometric prints, Ives used a simple bold design with two arrows moving in opposite directions for these stamps. The ArtCraft cachet for the FDC of the 45 stamp (#E22) issued November 21, 1969 includes a winged Mercury and a map of North America. The cachet for the 60 stamp (#E23) issued May 10, 1971, also includes Mercury, this time with a speeding truck, train and airplane. We offer both Special Delivery unaddressed ArtCraft FDCs as a set.
$6.50


80 HAWAII 1952 ARTCRAFT FDC

A remarkable 80 airmail stamp (#C46) was issued March 26, 1952. Remarkable because of it's unusually high denomination, exotic subject matter, and limited purpose (one pound air parcel post rate between Hawaii and the mainland), this stamp has been a perennial favorite of collectors. That's why we're sure you'll want to add this unaddressed ArtCraft First Day Cover to your collection. Neatly franked with a single 80 Hawaii stamp and cleanly First Day canceled in Honolulu, we offer this popular FDC for $20.00.
$20.00


1988 CABLE CAR RARE PLATE # FDC

The challenge (and the fun!) of collecting Transportation coil First Day Covers is in tracking down hard to find plate numbers. One such item is the 20 Cable Car (#2263) with plate #2 issued October 28, 1988 in San Francisco. If this little number is on your want list, your search is over! We have a very limited supply of FDCs with strips of 3 stamps with plate #2. And we offer a choice of three different cachets: ArtCraft, Artmaster, or House of Farnam. If you just can't decide, take all three for a special price!
Artcraft FDC$35.00
Artmaster FDC$35.00
House of Farnam$35.00
All 3 varieties$90.00


2006 WONDERS ARTCRAFT VARIETY

The Wonders of America stamps (#4033-72) celebrate superlatives... America's longest, tallest, deepest and largest natural wonders. The special ArtCraft cachet in this offer picks up on the theme to celebrate America's most wonderful hobby and the organization that promotes it - the American First Day Cover Society! The cachet was created for the AFDCS to sell at the Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition and is different from the standard ArtCraft cachets for this issue. We give you the choice of a randomly selected single FDC or the entire set of 40.
Random Single$5.00
Complete Set of 40$85.00


1933 GEORGIA BICENTENNIAL FDC

General James Oglethorpe, the founder of the colony of Georgia, is the subject of the 3 commemorative (#726) issued for Georgia's Bicentennial. The stamp was issued February 12, 1933 in Savannah, where the local Chamber of Commerce created a rubber stamp cachet to be used for First Day Covers. That cachet, which adorns the addressed FDC we offer here, is a double circle with ?Savannah First Day Cover? and other explanatory text stamped in magenta.
$12.50


WWII ARMED FORCES FDC SET

The Armed Forces series of World War II First Day Covers has been a collector's favorite for many years. We're talking about the Army (#934), Navy (#935), Coast Guard (#936) and Merchant Marine (#939) stamps issued in 1945 and 1946. Combine those four with the WWII Veterans Honorable Discharge Medal (#940) to complete this offer of five unaddressed ArtCraft FDCs. These covers are in very fine condition, with clear cancellations and very clean overall. Add some classic First Days to your collection for a great price.
Set of 5$45.00


YOSEMITE FLAG RARE PNC FDC

This one is for our plate number coil collecting customers. The engraved 25 Flag Over Yosemite coil stamp was reissued on February 14, 1989 on prephosphored uncoated paper with mottled tagging. We offer an ArtCraft cacheted First Day Cover of this variety (#2280a) franked with the relatively rare plate number "9" in a strip of three. A nice item, but what really makes this cover special is that it is also franked with a second strip of three stamps of the original block tagged version (#2280) with matching plate number "9".
$25.00


FDR 'IN MEMORIAM' FDC SET

Shortly after the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on April 12, 1945, the Post Office Department announced that four memorial stamps would be issued within the next year. The first, a 3 stamp featuring FDR at the White House was issued June 27, 1945. That was followed by a 1 FDR at Hyde Park, NY on July 26, 1945 and a 2 FDR at Warm Springs, GA on 8/24/45. The last, a 5 Four Freedoms stamp was issued in Washington, DC on January 30, 1946. We are offering a set of four unaddressed ArtCraft engraved First Day Covers of these stamps (#930-33), each with a different cachet, in very fine condition for a special price.
Set of Four$15.00


METROPOLITAN OPERA ERROR FDC

Stamps have been issued since 1963 with various luminescent qualities designed to work with automated mail-handling equipment. The 1983 Metropolitan Opera stamp (#2054) has an overall phosphorescent tagging which glows bright green under ultraviolet light. Some of the stamps in this 1983 issue were inadvertently released without the tagging. These tagging omitted errors (#2054a) are difficult to identify without a UV light, but they are quite obvious with one. We offer Artcraft cacheted First Day Covers which have both the tagged and untagged error stamps affixed. A really unique item!
$12.50


CRAFTSMEN A/C COLORS FD SET

For the 1972 Colonial Craftsmen set of four stamps (#1456-9), Artcraft cachets were engraved in four colors in addition to the standard black cachet for that issue. The sets we have in stock include the Glass blower stamp on a blue cachet, the silversmith on a brown cachet, the wigmaker on a green cachet and the hatter on a red cachet. Check your collection and if these varieties aren't there, take advantage of this offer.
Set of four$15.00


CONSTITUTION BICENTENNIAL FDC

This ArtCraft cacheted First Day Cover is franked with a pane of the five 22 Drafting of the Constitution Bicentennial stamps (#2355-9) issued on August 28, 1987. The entire preamble is spelled out on four of the stamps while the fifth calls attention to the Bicentennial of our governing document. In order to accommodate all five stamps, a Monarch size (4" x 7 1/2") envelope was used for this FDC.
$7.50


CLASSIC FILMS ARTCRAFT FDC

Four blockbuster American movies were the subjects of a se-tenant set of four 25 stamps (#2445-48) issued by the USPS on March 23, 1990. The featured films included "The Wizard of Oz", "Gone With the Wind", "Beau Geste", and "Stagecoach." We offer an unaddressed ArtCraft cacheted First Day Cover of this colorful issue franked with a block of the four semi-jumbo commems. Where did these stamps premier? Hollywood, of course!
$6.75


1997 FOOTBALL COACHES FDC SET

Four football coaches were honored twice on U.S. postage stamps in 1997. Bear Bryant, Pop Warner, George Halas, and Vince Lombardi appeared together in a se-tenant block of 32 stamps (#3146a) issued July 25, 1997 at the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Varieties of each of the four (with a red line over their names) were issued separately a few weeks later in cities associated with the coaches. We offer ArtCraft cacheted First Day Covers of the se-tenant block plus each of the four single coach "red line" varieties (#3147-50) as a set of five FDCs, each printed in a different color.
$15.00


NOBEL PRIZE US / SWEDEN JOINT FDC

The United States Postal Service and Sweden Post jointly issued commemoratives for the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize on March 22, 2001. The U.S. stamp (#3504) and the four Swedish stamps (#2415a-d) were all engraved by Czeslaw Slania; the world's foremost stamp engraver. We have an extremely attractive ArtCraft cacheted First Day Cover with all five stamps affixed and canceled with the corresponding U.S. and Swedish pictorial First Day of Issue postmarks.
$10.00


1982 JACKIE ROBINSON FIRST DAY

This Jackie Robinson First Day Cover has a black engraved Postal Commemorative Society cachet that shows Robinson in a relaxed pose and, in a smaller picture, sliding into home plate. The 20 Jackie Robinson stamp (#2016) was issued August 2, 1982 as part of the Black Heritage series. Appropriately, the First Day City was Cooperstown, New York; the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, where Jackie was inducted in 1962.
$6.95


1996 UTAH FD CANCEL VARIETIES

This set of 3 First Day Covers of the 32 Utah stamp (#3024) issued January 4, 1996 in Salt Lake City includes one unofficial and two semi-officials. The unofficial has a Jan 4, 1996 Garfield County Centennial pictorial cancel from Pangultch, Utah. The semi-officials are canceled in the First Day city, but with pictorial postmarks different from the standard First Day cancels. One is a Salt Lake County Centennial Station hand cancel and the other is a large Utah Statehood Exposition Station pictorial featuring a covered wagon. All 3 unaddressed FDCs have the standard ArtCraft cachet for this issue.
Set of 3 First Day Covers$10.50


39 REAGAN ARTCRAFT FDC VARIETY

Here's a First Day Cover of the 39 Ronald Reagan stamp (#4078) with a rarely seen ArtCraft cachet. It features a smiling portrait of the 40th President replendent in his tuxedo and a smaller picture of the President and First Lady Nancy dancing in formal attire. The cachet is printed on a #10 size envelope and is neatly First Day postmarked on June 14, 2006 in Simi Valley, California.
$8.50


CIVIL WAR CENTENARY FDC SET

The Centennial anniversaries of five of the pivotal events of the American Civil War were commemorated on U.S. stamps between 1961 and 1965. They were the firing on Fort Sumter, the Battle of Shiloh, the Battle of Gettysburg, the Battle of the Wilderness, and the Surrender at Appomattox. The set of five unaddressed ArtCraft First Day Covers of these historic stamps (#1178-82) will look great in a Civil War topical collection.
$27.50


MOON LANDING ANNIVERSARY FDC

This unaddressed ArtCraft First Day Cover celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Man's First Moon Landing. It is postmarked July 20, 1989 in Washington, DC and is franked with the $2.40 Priority Mail stamp (#2419) issued on that date. The cachet pictures Neil Armstrong descending from the lunar lander "Eagle" just before setting foot on the Moon. Armstrong's often quoted first words from the lunar surface are also featured.
$10.00


LINCOLN GETTYSBURG ADDRESS FDC

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most famous speeches in American history at the dedication of Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. That short speech, known as Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, was commemorated on a 3 stamp (#978) issued November 19,1948. The cachet of the ArtCraft First Day Cover for that stamp features the Lincoln Speech Memorial erected on the Battlefield site in 1912. This is a fresh, unaddressed First Day Cover.
$6.50


1929 EDISON'S LIGHT FIRST DAY

A 2 red stamp (#654) was issued on June 5, 1929 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the invention of the incandescent electric light by Thomas Alva Edison. Menlo Park, New Jersey, the site of Edison's laboratory, was the official first day city. This neatly addressed First Day Cover does not have a cachet, but it is very clean with a clear postmark.
$8.95


MOON LANDING PLATE BLOCK FDC

First day covers of the 1969 10 Moon Landing airmail stamp (#C76) are nice items but not what most collectors would consider unusual. So what's so special about this ArtCraft FDC? It's the envelope size. A Monarch envelope measuring 7 1/2" x 4" was needed because of the large size of the jumbo commemorative plate block that franks this cover. This is a very neat first day cover for one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind.
$8.95


1998 BOBBY JONES FARNHAM FDC

In 1930, at the age of 28, Bobby Jones won four major golf tournaments - the British and U.S. Opens and the British and U.S. Amateur Championships; a "Grand Slam" which no other golfer has ever equaled in a single year. The feat was honored on a Celebrate the Century stamp (#3185n) issued in 1998. For the golfer or sports collector, we offer a First Day Cover of that stamp with a three color House of Farnham engraved cachet.
$5.00


YOSEMITE FLAG RARE PLATE # FDC

A 25 coil stamp (#2280) featuring the American flag waving over Yosemite National Park was issued on May 20, 1988. Single digit plate numbers appear only at 52 stamp intervals on this coil, making plate # strips on First Day Covers very desirable collectibles. The ArtCraft cacheted cover we offer here, franked with a strip of three with plate number 3 is really special, because this particular number is rarely seen on FDCs. So if you are a plate # coil FDC specialist, check your collection - you won't want to miss this one.
$95.00


1923 LINCOLN BLOCK OF 4 FDC

This First Day Cover of the flat plate printed Abraham Lincoln stamp (#555) is postmarked February 12, 1923 in Millburn, NJ. Although it was not an "official" first day city, Millburn was the home of first day cover collecting pioneer Edward C. Worden, to whom the cover is addressed. This standard sized cover is franked with a block of 4 of the 3 violet Lincoln stamp and appears to have never been mailed as the flap hasn't been sealed.
$145.00


OBAMA 2009 INAUGURAL PORTRAIT CARDS

These two Barack Obama 5" x 7" portrait cards are mementos of his first Inauguration in 2009. The first is franked with a Hawaii stamp (#C55) in combination with a First-Class Flag stamp and canceled with a pictorial Inauguration Day postmark in Obama's birthplace - Honolulu. The second is similarly franked, but with an Illinois stamp (#1339) and an Inauguration Day postmark from Chicago. Both have attractive Artcraft cachets. Choose either one, or for a special price, take them both.
Honolulu postmark$6.50
Chicago postmark$6.50
Both postmarks$12.00


COLUMBIAN SOUVENIR SHEET FDC SET

One of the highlights of World Columbian Stamp Expo '92 in Chicago was the issuance of a set of six souvenir sheets that reproduced the sixteen original 1893 "Columbians." The stamps, ranging in value from 1 to $5.00 are reprinted in their original colors from the original dies with only the year in the upper right corner changed from 1893 to 1992. Artcraft, which was designated the Official Cachet of the Expo, created a set of six First Day Covers for the souvenir sheets (#2624-29) on Monarch size (4" x 7 1/2") envelopes. We offer that set, in pristine unaddressed condition, for your consideration.
Set of 6 FDC's$50.00


1992 BASEBALL BLUE ARTCRAFT FDC

At the 1992 Olympic Games, baseball debuted as a competitive sport. To celebrate its inclusion, the U. S. issued a 29 stamp on April 3, 1992. We have an Artcraft first day cover of the multicolored commemorative--canceled at Atlanta with a pictorial postmark featuring a glove, bat, ball, and baseball diamond. This unaddressed FDC probably is unlike the one in your collection. How so? The cachet (showing a player swinging his bat) is engraved in blue! A stunning Artcraft variety...
$7.50


CHURCHILL ARTCRAFT VARIETY FDC

In addition to the standard Artcraft cachet for the 1965 Winston Churchill stamp (#1264), a limited edition Artcraft First Day Cover was created for Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. It's cachet pictures Churchill along with a Christopher Wren designed church that was rebuilt on Westminster's campus from the ruins of the structure, which was destroyed in World War II. This Artcraft cachet variety FDC has an interesting story to tell about the connection between a British statesman and a small mid-western college.
$5.00


NEW JERSEY TERCENTENARY FDC SET

The English claim to the colony of New Jersey was established in 1664 when their fleet took over the Dutch colony of New Netherland with very little resistance. Philip Carteret was named Governor and the city of Elizabeth was declared the capital. In 1964, a New Jersey Tercentenary stamp (#1247) was released and Artcraft created a special cachet for the Elizabeth Tercentenary Committee marking New Jersey's 300th birthday. Three color varieties of the cachet exist - red, blue and brown. Each has an unofficial First Day postmark from a different city associated with the state's founding - Elizabeth, Carteret and Elizabethport. We offer the three FDCs as a set.
$15.00


EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION FDC

Perhaps you already have an Artcraft First Day Cover of the 1963 Emancipation Proclamation stamp (#1233), but do you have this variety? It is a special cachet made for the American Negro Emancipation Centennial Authority, the group that sponsored the 1963 Century of Negro Progress Exposition in Chicago. The cachet art represents the march of progress of African Americans and includes the A.N.E.C.A. logo. The cover is First Day canceled on August 16, 1963; the opening day of the Exposition.
$7.50


1949 POE ARTCRAFT FIRST DAY

The USPS issued a 3 Edgar Allen Poe stamp (#986) in Richmond, Virginia on October 7, 1949 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the writer's death. The Artcraft FDC of that stamp includes a portrait of Poe and a picture of his last home; a cottage in the Bronx where Poe moved in hopes that the country air would cure his wife's tuberculosis. The photogravure cachet also includes a special 10th Anniversary Artcraft logo. The cover is unaddressed and neatly First Day canceled.
$5.00


1983 MEDAL OF HONOR FIRST DAY

First Day Covers for the 1983 Medal of Honor stamp (#2045) are among the most popular of all modern USPS issues. Because so many of them have been used for framings and for autographs of the cherished medal's winners, these covers have become much harder to find. If you've been looking for this June 7, 1983 FDC, you're in luck. We have clean unaddressed First Day Covers with a blue engraved Artmaster cachet that features scenes of combat.
$6.95


ARTCRAFT DOCTORS MAYO SPECIAL FDC

For the 1964 5 Doctors Mayo commemorative, Artcraft prepared a special first day cover for the stamp club in Rochester, Minnesota, site of the famed Mayo Clinic. The cachet, which features the Mayo brothers, is engraved in green to match the color of the stamp. This limited edition Artcraft variety was not marketed widely, and it's missing from most collections. If you're one who needs this green Artcraft engraved FDC, we offer an unaddressed example.
$7.50


$2.40 MOON LANDING FD CARD

This 5 1/2" x 8" card is franked with the $2.40 Moon Landing stamp (#2419) issued to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of one of mankind's greatest technological achievements. The jumbo stamp, designed by Chris Calle, shows Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planting the American flag on the lunar surface. A July 20, 1989 First Day of Issue postmark ties the strikingly dramatic stamp to the card. Produced by the USPS, the card includes a short narrative describing both the stamp and the achievement it celebrates.
$9.50


1999 LINCOLN FD STAMPED ENVELOPES

The USPS issued a 33 Abraham Lincoln stamped envelope (#U645) in Springfield, Illinois on June 5, 1999. This piece of postal stationery features a litho printed indicia designed by Richard Sheaff that borrows heavily from the embossed design of the 1899 Lincoln stamped envelope. The 33 envelope was produced in four varieties: #6 3/4 plain, #6 3/4 window, #10 plain, and #10 window. We offer the complete set of four with Artcraft cachets and canceled First Day of Issue.
$8.50


1967 ALASKA PURCHASE COMBO FDC

This Artcraft cacheted First Day Cover of the 1967 Alaska Purchase 8 airmail stamp (#C70) also includes three other Alaska stamps. They are the 7 Alaska Statehood airmail (#C53) and the 49 Star American Flag (#1132), both from 1959, and the 3 Alaska Territory stamp (#800) from 1937. All four stamps are tied to the cover with the March 30, 1967 First Day cancellation from Sitka, Alaska. The Artcraft engraved cachet features William Seward, whose famous ?folly? is commemorated by this issue.
$4.95


1966 FDR COMBO FIRST DAY

A 6 Prominent Americans Series stamp honoring Franklin D. Roosevelt was issued in Hyde Park, New York on January 29, 1966. This unaddressed Artcraft cacheted First Day Cover of that stamp (#1284) was prepared in combination with other stamps that touched on some of the important facets of FDR's life. They include the 1 memorial stamp (#930) showing his Hyde Park Residence, the 1 Four Freedoms (#908), the 5 United Nations Conference stamp (#928) issued just two weeks after FDR's death on the opening day of the conference he championed, and the 5 Eleanor Roosevelt stamp (#1236).
$4.95


GOSSAERT VIRGIN COMBO FDC

Flemish painter Jan Gossaert's "Virgin and Child" was the subject of both the 2002 and the 2003 USPS Christmas stamps. Even though both are self-adhesive booklet stamps with the same denomination and are both based on the same work of art, there are striking differences between the two. This Artcraft First Day Cover of the 2003 stamp (#3820) is also franked with the 2002 stamp (#3675) allowing you to compare the two printings side by side. This is a very attractive cover with an extra dose of philatelic interest.
$5.00


ARTCRAFT CHRISTMAS CARD FDC

If you're a fan of Artcraft engravings, you're going to love this item. It is a first day cover for the 1974 Currier and Ives Christmas stamp (#1551) printed on heavy quality paper stock and made into a Christmas card. The front features the Artcraft cachet for that issue printed in blue. Inside is an engraved holiday greeting and the first day canceled 1974 Christmas stamp. This would make a lovely (and unusual) addition to your FDC collection.
$3.75


CENTURY OF PROGRESS FIRST DAY

The Post Office Department issued two stamps (#728-9) on May 25, 1933 to celebrate Chicago's Century of Progress International Exhibition. The green 1 stamp pictures Fort Dearborn and the 3 violet stamp shows the Chicago Federal Building. We offer a First Day Cover with both stamps affixed side by side and canceled with a Century of Progress slogan cancel. The cover is very clean and type-addressed with no cachet.
$5.00


LOVE LETTERS PLATE NUMBER FDC

When several varieties of the 34 Love Letters stamp were issued on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2001, in Lovejoy, GA one was difficult to find. That was the vending booklet of twenty (Scott #3498). The stamps in that pane are noticeably smaller than the more common convertible booklet variety, and what's more, the lower left stamp in each vending booklet pane has a plate number. We are offering Artcraft cacheted First Day Covers of the vending booklet variety franked with plate number singles. Certainly not your garden variety rose!
$6.50


1930 WINGED GLOBE AIRMAIL FDC

The first of four airmail stamps to use the "winged globe" design was issued February 10, 1930 in Washington, DC. We offer a First Day Cover of that 5 flat plate printed stamp (#C12) here. The cover is neatly type-addressed and has no cachet. The stamp is canceled with a slogan cancel ("Notify correspondents of change of address"). This is a very clean cover that would look great in your collection.
$12.95


1934 LINCOLN REPRINT FDC

The 3 Lincoln rotary press stamp of 1927 was reprinted and issued on February 7, 1934. The reprint can be distinguished from the earlier version by its bright violet color. Because of this distinct change in stamp shade, it was assigned a minor Scott number (#635a). While both varieties of the mint stamp are common, First Day Covers are not. We offer a type-addressed FDC of the 1934 reprint with a simple cachet that notes the first day for the reprint and shows Lincoln in profile.
$40.00


1925 NORSE-AMERICAN COMBO FDC

This cover is franked with both the 2 and 5 commemoratives (#620 & 621) issued May 18, 1925 to promote the Norse American Centennial in St. Paul, Minnesota. We have in stock fresh, clean, addressed, uncacheted First Day Covers from the following first day cities: Minneapolis, MN; Northfield, MN; and St. Paul, MN.
Minneapolis, MN cancel$35.00
Northfield, MN cancel$35.00
St. Paul, MN cancel$35.00


WILLIAM PENN CACHETED FDC

William Penn is the subject of a 3 commemorative (#724), issued October 24, 1932, that marks the 250th anniversary of his landing in America. The three official first day cities for the stamp were Philadelphia, Chester and New Castle, Pennsylvania. The Chester first day cover that we offer here has a rubber stamp cachet created for the occasion by the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. It features a keystone and a stone marker noting the date of Penn's landing in Chester inside a large circle. Add this neatly addressed old time cacheted FDC to your collection.
$9.50


SINATRA PORTRAIT CARD FDC

This limited edition First Day Cover of the 2008 Frank Sinatra stamp (#4265) takes you back to Frank's hometown roots in Hoboken, New Jersey. The Artcraft cachet is printed on a 5 1/4" x 8 1/4" card that was originally designed for the renaming of Hoboken's main post office in Sinatra's honor. The May 13, 2008 pictorial postmark is the First Day of Sale cancellation, also from Hoboken. For fans of "Old Blue Eyes" (and who isn't?), this is a special item you won't want to miss.
$15.00


1965 ARTCRAFT SOKOL FDC VARIETIES

For the 1965 5 Sokol Physical Fitness commemorative, Artcraft created not only its standard cacheted envelope, but also two rarely seen varieties. We offer both this month. One -engraved in brown- features a medallion with profile portraits of Sokol founders Fuegner and Tyrs. The other - engraved in blue -has a Tyrs statue. Each unaddressed cover has a single of the bicolor tied by the Washington, D. C., first day postmark. Choose either or both of these elusive Artcrafts...
Brown$6.00
Blue$6.00
Both$10.95


HHH MEMORIAL/FDC DUAL CANCEL

Here's an interesting item for collectors of American political covers. Upon the death of Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey on January 13, 1978, Washington Press created a special Memorial cachet. The covers were franked with 13 Eagle and Shield stamps and canceled on January 15, 1978, the date of the Humphrey Memorial service. Thirteen years later, on June 3, 1991, a 52 Humphrey stamp (#2189) was issued as part of the Great Americans series. This stamp was added to the Memorial cover and canceled with its Minneapolis, Minnesota First Day postmark. Choose this item and it will be like getting two covers in one!
$6.50


GEN. POWELL DESERT STORM MAXIMUM

Affixed to this photo card portrait of General Colin Powell is a 29 Desert Shield-Desert Storm commemorative, which is tied by its July 2, 1991, Washington, D.C., first day postmark. Powell, of course, was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and thus had overall command responsibility for U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf War.
$4.65


2002 WEST POINT SOUVENIR CARD

When the USPS commemorated the U.S. Military Academy's Bicentennial in 2002, the Metro 4 chapter of the Souvenir Card Collectors Society commissioned The Washington Press to create a card for the event. The result was a stunning 8 1/2" x 11" card with a 3-color lithograph of the Old Library at West Point and a waving U.S. flag. It also included an Artcraft engraving of a cadet in full dress uniform. We offer this card franked with the 34c USMA stamp (#3560) and postmarked with a circle cancel from West Point on March 16, 2002, the first day of issue.
$15.00


1932 WINTER OLYMPICS FDC

In 1932, Lake Placid, New York hosted the first Olympic Games held in the United States and the citizens of that picturesque village were quite proud of the distinction. So when the Post Office Department issued a 2 Lake Placid Winter Olympics commemorative (#716) there on January 25 of that year, the Chamber of Commerce commissioned a rubber stamp cachet for First Day Covers. It features a ski jumper in mid-flight over the outline of the USA with the Olympic Rings underneath. We offer an FDC with that cachet stamped in magenta with a neatly typed Lake Placid address. This cover takes the gold medal!
$9.75


JFK 1964 ARTCRAFT MRS. KENNEDY FD

Artcraft in 1964 created a special first day cover for the John F. Kennedy 5 memorial stamp that was quite unlike the regularly marketed cacheted envelope. This limited edition cover, engraved in blue gray to match the stamp, and sold only to Mrs. Kennedy for her use, has her favorite picture of the late President, the statement "Dear God, Please take care of your servant John Fitzgerald Kennedy," and a facsimile "Jacqueline Kennedy" signature. A few months after the stamp was issued, Leo and Sam August of The Washington Press sent a small number of these May 29, 1964, first day covers to friends and philatelic associates. Each FDC was in an engraved presentation folder with an explanatory card from the Augusts. We have a few of these rare JFK FDCs in the original folder with its insert.
$45.00


T.R. ARTCRAFT COLOR VARIETIES

The standard Artcraft cachet for the 6 Theodore Roosevelt Liberty Series stamp of 1955 (#1039a) was engraved in black. However, this cachet was also produced in other colors in limited quantities. While supplies last, we offer four of these varieties; blue, brown, red and green. Select whichever variety you like or take all four covers for a special price.
Blue$9.50
Brown$9.50
Red$9.50
Green$9.50
Set of 4 colors$35.00


CINCO DE MAYO MAY 5 ARTCRAFT TRIO

The U. S. issued the 32 Cinco de Mayo commemorative on April 16, 1998 rather than on the date Mexico's victory over foreign invaders is celebrated. What we offer are three unaddressed Artcraft cacheted covers franked with the colorful stamp and canceled on El Cinco de Mayo (May 5, 1998). One jumbo pictorial postmark from Tulsa, Oklahoma, features dancers; another from Cambridge, Massachusetts, has a sombrero; and a third from Newport News, Virginia, is sprinkled with sparklers.
Set of 3 covers$7.50


AMERICANA HIGH VALUE FDC SET

The four high value stamps from the Americana Issues of 1975-81 utilize a common theme of "America's Light" as their focal point. This concept is illustrated with various early American lamps which represent core American values of truth, reason, liberty equality and hope for the future. We are offering unaddressed Artcraft cacheted First Day Covers of this set which includes the 50 Betty Lamp (#1608), the $1.00 Rush Lamp (#1610), the $2.00 Kerosene Lamp (#1611), and the $5.00 Railroad Lantern (#1612). You can choose individual covers or take the set of four for a special price.
#1608$3.00
#1610$4.00
#1611$6.00
#1612$10.00
All 4$20.00


USAF ARTCRAFT CACHET VARIETY

For the 2004 United States Air Force Academy issue (#3838), we created two completely different Artcraft cachets. The first one was for our regular customers and the second was prepared for the American First Day Cover Society. We are offering First Day Covers with that second cachet, which was part of the AFDCS Cachetmakers Series. The cachet features jets flying in formation over a group of parading cadets. This special cover is neatly canceled and unaddressed.
$4.95


ELVIS PRESLEY ARTCRAFT VARIETIES FDCS

The standard Artcraft first day cover for the January 8, 1993, 29 Elvis Presley commemorative was engraved in brown, and you probably have one in your album. For Artcraft specialists, we have a pleasant surprise: two different cachet color varieties of this popular envelope, pink and black. Whichever you select, you'll get a rarely seen unaddressed FDC franked with a single that's tied by a jumbo Memphis pictorial first day cancellation.
Black Cachet$15.00
Pink Cachet$15.00
Set of 2 - Black Cachet and Pink Cachet$25.00


LOU GEHRIG, BABE RUTH MAXICARD SET

For your baseball topical collection, here are two stellar maximum cards of the 1989 25 Lou Gehrig stamp. One card reproduces a photo of the New York Yankees first baseman with teammate Babe Ruth and Babe Ruth's Universal Stars, a Fort Lee, New Jersey, team. The other has a close-up of the two Hall of Famers. Each card is franked with the Gehrig stamp (Scott #2417), which is tied by its Cooperstown, New York, first day postmark. You'll be tempted to frame this great pair...
$4.95


CONSTITUTION SESQUICENTENNIAL FDC

The 150th anniversary of the Ratification of the U.S. Constitution was commemorated in 1938 with the release of a 3 deep violet stamp (#835). Although the stamp pictures the Old Courthouse in Williamsburg, Virginia, it was issued in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This unaddressed FDC includes a violet cachet that features an allegorical female figure with an eagle, shield and battleaxe. It is clearly canceled First Day of Issue, June 21, 1938.
$12.75


IWO JIMA MARINES MAXIMUM

This handsome maximum card features a natural color photo of the Marines Memorial in Washington, D.C., which depicts the memorable flag-raising on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, during World War II. Tied to it by a Washington, D.C. first day postmark is the 1966 5 Marine Corps Reserve commemorative. May we send this eye-catching first day card to you?
$3.95


ELVIS PRESLEY 29 VARIETIES FDC

This Artcraft unaddressed first day cover, whose cachet is engraved in a rich brown, is franked with four different 29 Elvis Presley commemoratives. One is the "ELVIS" sheet stamp (Scott #2721), a second is the "ELVIS PRESLEY" sheet stamp (#2724), and the third and fourth are examples of the booklet pane adhesive (#2731) illustrating different straight edge configurations.
$4.95


ARTCRAFT GOLF FDC SET OF FOUR

Yes, even before there was a Tiger Woods on the PGA tour, there were great American golfers and three of them have even been honored on U.S. stamps. This talented group includes Bobby Jones (Scott #1933) and Babe Zaharias (#1932) who were both honored on 18 stamps in 1981 and Francis Ouimet who is the subject of a 1988 25-center (#2377). In addition to this trio, the USPS issued a 13 Golf stamped envelope (#U583) in 1977. We are offering First Day Covers of this popular quartet each with Artcraft engraved cachets.
Set of 4 First Day Covers$19.95


LEGENDS OF THE WEST FULL PANE FDC

One of the most controversial stamp issues in recent memory was the Legends of the West pane of twenty issued in 1994. Originally scheduled for an early Spring release, the First Day of Issue had to be postponed when it was discovered that the Bill Pickett stamp in the set was not really him, but a relative! As it turned out, the revised sheet was issued on October 18, 1994 and it was worth the wait. We are pleased to offer an Artcraft engraved First Day Cover with a full pane of twenty of this memorable issue (Scott #2869) with cancellations from all three first day cities. Featured on the cachet are Chief Joseph, Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and of course, the real Bill Pickett.
$15.00


1987 WILDLIFE FDC SET

This beautiful set of fifty First Day Covers of the 1987 American Wildlife issue (#2286-2335) features Artcraft cachets printed in full color. Each of the fifty exquisite works of cachet art includes the printed signature of the artist; Elisabeth Kelly. The cachets perfectly complement the fine stamp illustrations of noted wildlife artist Chuck Ripper. Of course, that's only natural. After all, Ms. Kelly is Mr. Ripper's daughter. This father/daughter collaboration will look terrific in your collection.
Set of 50 First Day Covers$80.00


1995 CIVIL WAR PANE ARTCRAFT FDC

A complete pane of twenty June 29, 1995, Civil War 32 stamps (Scott #2975) is tied to this Artcraft first day cover. A jumbo envelope (8 3/4" x 11 1/4"), it has an engraved cachet at the upper left; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, first day postmarking; and is unaddressed. What a spectacular item! It's suitable for framing, of course, and would make a great gift for a Civil War buff.
$12.50


1982 PURPLE HEART ENVELOPE FDCS

In the summer of 1782, General George Washington created a medal to reward the valor of his brave troops. It was the Badge of Military Merit, a purple silk decoration in the shape of a heart. After 150 years, this decoration was redesigned to include a bust of General Washington and was renamed the Purple Heart. We offer First Day canceled stamped envelopes which were issued in 1982 for the 200th anniversary of the Purple Heart. These envelopes (#U603) are available in two sizes - #6 3/4 and #10. Each unaddressed FDC features a dramatic Artcraft cachet.
6 3/4 envelope$3.00
#10 envelope$3.50
Both$5.50


JAMES DEAN FDC CANCEL VARIETY

First Day Covers of the James Dean stamp (#3082) have turned out to be among the most popular in the Legends of Hollywood series. That's why we are excited about the ArtCraft cacheted FDC that we're offering here. It has a rarely-seen unofficial first day postmark - a Burbank, CA pictorial featuring a motorcycle canceled on the June 24, 1996 First Day.
James Dean Burbank Cancel Variety$9.50


2006 LIBERTY/FLAG FDC ODDITY

Among the first of many varieties of the 39 Statue of Liberty and Flag definitives issued in 2006 was a self-adhesive coil (#3980) produced in coils of 10,000 stamps and issued on January 9, 2006. When the USPS made the same stamp available in a coil of 3,000 on February 8, 2006, another First Day cancel was offered even though the stamp was identical to that offered a month earlier. We prepared Artcraft First Day Covers with both stamps affixed and properly canceled with the two different corresponding dates, making this something of an oddity.
$5.00


1936-37 ARMY/NAVY FDC SET

The perennially popular Army/Navy issue of 1936-37 (#785-94) includes four stamps each for historic American Army and Navy heroes and one each for West Point and the Naval Academy. We are pleased to offer unaddressed First Day Covers of this issue with a set of ten different two-color lithographed cachets that match the colors of the stamps. These covers are neatly canceled and very clean. Altogether, this set of ten FDCs is an outstanding value.
Set of 10 covers$65.00


1991 TULIP RATE CHANGE COMBO FDC

Three different Tulip "F" rate change (29) multicolors frank this Artcraft first day cover - a sheet stamp (Scott #2517), a coil (#2518), and a booklet pane single (#2519)- and all are tied by a Washington, D. C., January 22, 1991, first day cancellation. The engraved cachet features a bed of blooming tulips, so this is a flowers topicalist's delight. We offer this Artcraft combination FDC unaddressed.
$4.50


BROOKLYN BRIDGE CENTENNIAL COMBO

To commemorate the centennial of the Brooklyn Bridge, a pictorial slogan cancel was first used in New York cancelling machines on December 14, 1982. We have a "WP" cacheted cover with that first day of use strike. In addition, at the lower right of the envelope is a 20 Brooklyn Bridge centennial stamp tied by its May 17, 1983, first day postmark. This is an unusual and rarely seen combination cover.
$5.00


ALL 1994 'G' STAMPS ON ONE FDC

The U.S. Postal Service issued sixteen different "G" and two make-up stamps December 13, 1994, in anticipation of postal rate hikes. Here's a first day cover franked with all eighteen and tied by Washington, D.C., first day postmarking. The unaddressed FDC also is adorned by a delightful, cartoon-like cachet showing a frustrated stamp collector tearing his hair and exclaiming "G wiz, that's a lotta stamps!"
$19.95


1990 CONSTITUTION BICENTENNIAL FDC

To mark the bicentennial of the U. S. Constitution, four 25 stamps were issued in 1989-90, and here's an unaddressed Artcraft cover franked with the quartet (Scott #2412-5). It's canceled Washington, D. C., on February 2, 1990, the first day of the Supreme Court commemorative, last of the four to be issued. Because the stamp designs are complementary, this combination FDC is especially attractive. For your Americana topical album...
$4.50


ARTCRAFT HOUDINI CACHET VARIETY

When the 37 Harry Houdini stamp (#3651) was issued at the Society of American Magicians convention on July 3, 2002, a special Artcraft First Day Cover was presented to the guests. The cachet on that cover and the standard Artcraft Houdini cachet are both based on a photograph made available to Artcraft by Houdini's nephew. But the standard cachet was printed in blue and this variety is printed in black. There are also significant differences in lettering, with the variety focusing on Houdini's connection to the Society of American Magicians. Order this Artcraft variety FDC now, before they all disappear!
$8.50


CHURCHILL ARTCRAFT CREDO CARD

Most Artcraft collectors are familiar with the portrait cards produced for Presidential Inaugurations and various stamp issues. These engravings are much larger than the standard Artcraft cachet and are printed on high quality card stock. They came to be known as "credo cards" because of the popularity of the cards produced for the American Credo Issue of 1960-1. The 5" x 7" card we offer here was produced for the 1965 Churchill Memorial issue (#1264). It features a portrait of Sir Winston in a polka dot bow tie and includes a facsimile of his autograph and the quote "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat."
$8.75


1964 KENNEDY PHOTO MAXIMUM

The John F. Kennedy picture on his 5 1964 memorial stamp was adapted from an informal photograph that was his wife's favorite. We have a 5-1/4" x 7-1/2" copy of that black and white photograph, below which is franked the memorial commemorative. And the light blue stamp is tied by its May 29, 1964, Boston first day postmark. Ideal for album page display in a JFK or U. S. collection, this also is a perfect gift item for a Kennedy fan.
$10.00


1993 HANK WILLIAMS GOLD ARTCRAFT

Artcraft specialist? Country music fan? Then consider this unaddressed first day cover of the 29 Hank Williams stamp, with a June 9, 1993, Nashville "FAN FAIR" first day postmark. What's more, the cachet, engraved in brown, is highlighted by the imprint "FAN FAIR 1993" in gold foil - which makes it unique in the fifty-nine year roster of Artcraft cachets. For a stellar addition to an FDC album, consider this sparkling Artcraft Hank Williams cover.
$8.95


AIRMAIL BOOKLETS FDC SET

This somewhat unusual offer combines six regular issue airmail First Day Covers which have been franked with full booklet panes. The sextet includes #C51a, the 7 Blue Jet booklet pane of 6 issued 7/31/58 in San Antonio, TX, #C60a, the 7 Red Jet pane of 6 First Day canceled 8/19/60 in St. Louis, #C64b, the 8 Jet Over Capitol pane of 5 plus label issued in Washington, DC on 12/5/62, #C72b, the 10 50-Star Runway pane of 8 issued 1/5/68 in San Francisco, #C78a, the 11 Jet Silhouette pane of 4, postmarked 5/7/71, Spokane, WA, and #C79a, the 13 Winged Envelope pane of 5 plus label, issued 12/27/73 in Chicago. All six unaddressed FDCs have Artcraft cachets.
All Six$19.95


AMERICAN ART MAXICARD FIRST DAYS

A trio of colorful American Art maxicards! One reproduces Winslow Homer's "Breezing Up," and a 4 stamp showing the painting (Scott #1207) is tied to it by a December 15, 1962, first day postmark; another has Mary Cassatt's "The Boating Party," which is reproduced on a 5 stamp (#1322) tied to it by a November 17, 1966, first day cancel; the third shows John Jay Audubon's "Columbia Jays," and tied to it by its December 7, 1963, first day postmark is a 5 stamp (#1241) depicting the painting.
$5.50


CONSULAR SERVICE ENVELOPES FD SET

For the 200th anniversary of the Consular Service in 1992, the USPS issued 52 and 75 official stamped envelopes (Scott #UO86-7), for use exclusively by the U. S. Department of State to mail passports. We have Artcraft cacheted first days of these rarely seen collectibles. Each has a pictorial Washington, D. C., postmark that repeats the map theme of the stamps, and an engraved cachet featuring an eagle carrying mail.
Set of 2 FDCs$4.75


ADOPTION ARTCRAFT VARIETY

Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy's, is featured on this special Artcraft First Day Cover created exclusively for the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption. Dave, an adoptee, had long been an advocate for adoption and led the initiative to create the Adoption stamp (#3398) which was issued on May 10, 2000. When you add this very special Artcraft variety First Day Cover to your collection, we will also include a First Day canceled Adoption postal card (#UX315) which was also specially prepared for the Dave Thomas Foundation. We're sure you'll like this one.
$9.95


1997 LOVE POSTAL CARDS FDC SET

The Love Stamp picture postal card set issued on February 4, 1997 is not often found with First Day of Issue postmarks. The main reason for that is because the USPS did not offer such cancels until some time after their day of issue. The cards, which are identified as Scott #UX279, were sold in sets of three sheets of four cards for $6.95. While they all share the same Swan Heart design in the 20 indicia on the address side, the picture sides have eight different designs based on earlier Love stamps. This unusual and attractive set of eight cards is available with First Day of Issue cancellations and lovely engraved Artcraft cachets.
$15.00


1939 PREXY ELECTRIC EYE FDCS

In 1939 the Bureau of Engraving and Printing installed a new machine that aligned perforations through the use of an "electric eye" that detected margin markings on stamp sheets. Varieties of the 2c John Adams (#806EE) and 3c Thomas Jefferson (#807EE) from the 1938 Presidential Issue were the first of the experimental electric eye stamps. Both stamps were issued April 5, 1939. We offer a set of two First Day Covers, each franked with a block of 4 stamps including electric eye margin markings, and text-only Washington Stamp Exchange cachets in clean unaddressed condition.
$35.00


CONSUMERS PLATE NUMBER FDC

Because of its uninspired design, the 20c Consumer Education coil stamp (#2005) was voted "worst stamp" of 1982 by the readers of Linn's Stamp News. Perhaps this is the reason so few First Day Covers of the stamp were prepared. Their relative scarcity has made FDCs with plate # line pairs hard to find. If you overlooked this cover, we can help. We have unaddressed Artcraft FDCs of the Consumer Education stamp with line pairs of either plate #3 or #4. Your choice.
Plate # 3 line pair$20.00
Plate # 4 line pair$20.00


2 WRIGHT BOOKLET PANES FDC SET

From the Prominent Americans series of U. S. regulars we have Artcraft first day covers of two different 2 Frank Lloyd Wright booklet panes. One cover has a pane of five stamps and a Zip label (Scott #1280a), with a January 8, 1968, first day postmark. The second cover has a pane of six Wright stamps (#1280c) plus an 11 airmail (#C78), and is canceled May 7, 1971. The latter is a dual FDC, since both the pane and airmail were issued that day.
$12.00


1963 AMERICAN ART COMBO FDC

This December 7, 1963, first day cover of the 5 John Jay Audubon birds stamp is complemented by an Artcraft engraving featuring the bird artist. It also has two other charms: the 1961 4 stamp with a Frederic Remington painting ("The Smoke Signal") and the 1962 4 commem that reproduces Winslow Homer's "Breezing Up." All are tied by the Henderson, Kentucky, first day postmark for the Audubon stamp.
$3.25


1991 PERSIAN GULF WAR MAXICARD

To honor the U. S. armed forces who served in the Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf, the U. S. issued a 29 stamp (#2551) on July 2, 1991, depicting the medal awarded to the military men and women. We offer a maximum card (printed by The Washington Press) that has a glossy black and white portrait of U. S. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the Operations. Below his portrait, a copy of the stamp is tied by the Washington, D. C., first day postmark.
$3.75


1960-1 ARTCRAFT CREDO CARD SET

The set of six American Credo stamps (#1139-44) was issued over a one year period starting with the January 20, 1960 release that quoted George Washington's Farewell Address. Subsequent stamps featured inspirational words of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Francis Scott Key, Abraham Lincoln and Patrick Henry. We are pleased to offer a set of six First Day canceled Artcraft credo cards of these historic stamps. Each 5" x 7" card includes an engraved portrait with a facsimile signature and a special pictorial First Day of Issue canceled Credo stamp.
$35.00


SOCIAL SECURITY-FDR FD COMBO

You probably have a first day cover of the 6 Franklin D. Roosevelt stamp (#1284) issued January 29, 1966, at Hyde Park, New York, but pause anyway. Here's a 4 Social Security postal card (Scott #UX51) of 1964 franked with the 6 FDR regular and canceled with the first day strike of the stamp. As a bonus, the card has a blue engraved Artcraft cachet depicting FDR.
$3.95


US TROPICAL BIRDS CARDS '98 FD SET

When the U. S. Postal Service issued a quartet of 32 Tropical Birds stamps in 1998, it also released four picture postal cards with imprinted 20 versions of the stamps--and matching bird paintings on the view sides. Depicted are the Antillean Euphonia, Green-throated Carib, Crested Honeycreeper, and Cardinal Honeyeater. Here's the colorfully eye-catching set (Scott #UX293-6) with the added glamour of Artcraft engraved cachets plus July 29, 1998, first day postmarking.
$8.00


1996 50 CYCLING ARTCRAFT COMBO FD

Cyclist? FDC specialist? Then how about this unusual Artcraft cover? It's franked with the two different 50 stamps from the November 1, 1996, Cycling souvenir sheet. One multicolor (Scott #3119b) is tied by the New York first day postmark; beneath it, Scott #3119a has a "U. S. Postal Service / Hong Kong" first day cancellation. The latter postmark was used by the USPS at the Hong Kong international philatelic exposition. Not many of these Artcraft engraved combination first day covers were serviced.
$8.75


1967 JFK 'LIFE IN STAMPS' FDC

If his life had not been cut short by an assassin, John F. Kennedy would have celebrated his 50th birthday on May 29,1967. Instead, a 13 Prominent Americans stamp (#1287) honoring JFK was issued that day in Brookline, Mass., where he was born. We are offering an Artcraft cacheted FDC of that stamp that is also franked with 6 other stamps relevant to our 35th President's short life. They are: 2 Massachusetts, 3 Navy, 3 U.S. Capitol, 3 White House, 3 Texas, and 5 Kennedy Memorial stamp. This cover is a biography in stamps and quite an attractive item too.
$7.50


1938 SWEDES-FINNS CACHETED FDC

The purple cachet on this unaddressed First Day Cover shows Swedish settlers being greeted in 1638 by the native people of Delaware. Happily, this settlement, established at the site of present-day Wilmington, fared better than the earlier Dutch settlement where the fort was burned and most of the colonists killed in 1632. Canceled June 27, 1938, this FDC (#836) commemorates the tercentenary of the establishment of the colony of New Sweden.
$15.00


A. PHILIP RANDOLPH DUAL FDC

Here's a First Day Cover with an interesting twist. The twist? It is franked with two copies of the Black Heritage Series stamp issued to honor labor leader A. Philip Randolph. The top copy is canceled with the standard New York, NY First Day of Issue strike of February 3, 1989. The bottom copy is also canceled on the First Day, but its cancellation is a pictorial recognizing Black History Month. To complete the package, this attractive unaddressed dual FDC has an Artcraft cachet featuring railroad cars and Randolph's portrait. We think you'll like this one.
$5.95


ARTCRAFT STARS & STRIPES PC SET

In the first two centuries of our nation's existence, the American flag has undergone many changes. The USPS documented 20 different renditions of the Stars and Stripes on a set of picture postal cards (#UX317-336) issued June 14, 2000. Because the cards were issued in a bound booklet, not many were canceled First Day of Issue. If you missed this historic patriotic set, here's a chance to make amends. Our First Day canceled set of 20 cards comes with an Artcraft engraved cachet showing Presidents Washington and Eisenhower, who served when the first and last flags in the set were flown.
$35.00


1939 1ST INAUGURATION 'BERT' FDC

Here's an extra-special first day cover of the April 30, 1939, 3 stamp commemorating the sesquicentennial of George Washington's first inauguration as President. Why so? Because it's one of the FDCs prepared by legendary dealer Adam K. Bert of Pittsburgh. Like all "Bert" covers, this one is smaller than the norm: 3-1/8" x 5-1/2"; what's more, it's cacheted in blue with about ten lines of text. This is an old gem and has a typed address.
$22.50


FOUR FLOWERS BOOKLET FDCS

The Four Flowers vending booklets produced by SSP for the 2000 rate change created some special problems for First Day Cover collectors. The booklets fold into four segments - two center segments of six stamps and two end segments of four stamps. One of the end segments has a plate number but it is on the backing, not on the stamp side. In order to show the entire booklet and the plate number on a cover, we glued only the center segments to the cover, allowing the ends to open and close freely so that the plate number could be seen. We offer these unusual Artcraft cacheted #10 FDCs in both the non-denominated variety of 12/15/00 and the 34 variety of 2/7/01.
Non-denominated$12.25
Denominated$12.25
Both $23.50


JEFFERSON 1966/1993 DUAL MAXICARD

A 5 Beautification of America stamp (Scott #1318) is tied by its October 5, 1966, first day postmark to a card that has a view of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., which also is depicted on the stamp. In addition, a 29 Thomas Jefferson Great Americans regular (#2185) is tied to the card by its April 13, 1993, first day cancel. This double maximum card featuring our third President and a popular tourist site honoring him is a multicolored beauty.
$3.95


ELVIS ARTCRAFT 'HIRSCHFELD' FDC

Elvis fanatic? Artcraft specialist? Then pause at this offer of a first day cover of the January 8, 1993, 29 Elvis Presley stamp. The multicolor is tied to a standard size envelope by a jumbo pictorial Memphis postmark that has a musical rendering of the gates of Graceland. The cachet? A memorable caricature done by legendary Al Hirschfeld.
$30.00


CLASSIC FILM MONSTERS CARDS FD SET

In conjunction with the release of a set of five Classic Movie Monsters 32 stamps on September 30, 1997, the U. S. Postal Service also issued a complementary set of postcards (Scott #UX285-9) with imprinted stamps that have similar designs but in 20 denominations. We offer this set of cards with Artcraft engraved cachets and canceled on the first day of issue. It's a great group that will brighten album pages--and also would be a perfect gift for a non-collector who loves horror films...
$10.00


DAVY CROCKETT FIRST DAY CARD

Although he will always be remembered as the "King of the Wild Frontier", Davy Crockett was also the author of three books and a three term United States Congressman. He was honored on a 5 1967 stamp (#1330) issued on his birthday in San Antonio, where he died in 1836 defending the Alamo. We have a first day canceled 5" x 7" card featuring a high-quality lithographic reproduction of an engraving of a very civilized looking David Crockett. This attractive item would fit very nicely in an Americana collection.
$4.95


1929 OHIO RIVER FIRST DAY COVER

The canalization of the Ohio River was the subject of a 1929 commemorative (#681). The stamp was issued on October 19 of that year in seven official first day cities. We have First Day Covers from Cincinnati with two rubber stamp cachets on each. The cachets consist of type only. One celebrates the Dedication Cruise from Pittsburg to Cairo and the other notes the Ohio Valley Improvement Association convention. These old-timers are addressed and in very good condition.
$15.00


DINOSAURS PANE ARTCRAFT FDC

On May 1, 1997 one of the most exciting stamp issues of the recent epoch made its debut in Grand Junction, Colorado. The World of Dinosaurs fifteen-stamp pane (#3136) includes two dinosaur-filled scenes, one of Jurassic period Colorado and the other of Cretaceous period Montana. This special offer features the full pane on a 9 1/2" x 11" envelope with an Artcraft lithographed cachet specially designed for this envelope. The dramatic design is printed in blue and is completely different than the green engraved cachet Artcraft also produced for this issue. If you love dinosaurs, you'll love this cover!
$12.50


2002 OLYMPIC EVENT CANCELS SET

For the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, the USPS offered a set of 22 pictorial "event" postmarks. Included in this group were Alpine Skiing, Olympic Arts Festival, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross-Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Luge, Medals Ceremony, Nordic Combined Skiing, Olympex 2002, Olympic Family Hotel, Olympic Village, Opening/Closing Ceremonies, Olympic Torch, Short Track Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding and Speed Skating. We prepared covers franked with 2002 Olympics stamps and cacheted with a variety of the standard Artcraft Winter Sports 2002 cachet.
Complete Set of 22 Covers$29.95


TOURISM YEAR '72 FD POSTAL CARD SET

To promote "Tourism Year of the Americas '72", the USPS issued a set of five postal cards at the Belgica Philatelic Exhibition held in Brussels Belgium. Included are three 6 domestic rate cards (UX61-3) featuring the USF Constellation, Arizona's Monument Valley and a lighthouse on the Maine coast. Two airmail rate cards complete the set. They are UXC12, a 9 Grand Canyon card and UXC13, a 15 Niagara Falls card. The backs of the cards each illustrate scenes of American tourist destinations. We offer the set of five First Day canceled and with lovely Artcraft engraved cachets.
$8.95


2003 FLIGHT CENTENNIAL COMBO FDC

This combination First Day Cover includes three different First Day cancels, eight stamps, and a terrific Artcraft cachet on a 7 1/2" x 10 1/2" envelope. The First Day canceled stamps include a United Nations Centenary of Flight tete beche pair (#841a) canceled March 28, 2003 and two copies of the US First Powered Flight stamp (#3783) issued May 22, 2003. One of the US stamps is actually a half pane of one (#3783b) canceled with a Dayton, Ohio pictorial First Day postmark. The other is canceled Kill Devil Hills, NC in combination with four other stamps featuring the Wright Brothers and their historic flying machine.
$12.50


1968 WALT DISNEY ARTCRAFT FDC

One of the most sought-after of all modern First Day Covers is the September 11, 1968 issue in honor of Walt Disney. Whether it is because of the large number of Disney topical collectors or just because of Disney's immense popularity, this is a tough cover to find. This month we have a few in stock which we are making available only through this offer. They are clean unaddressed covers featuring Artcraft cachets that include Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney surrounded by pencil drawings of many of his fabulous creations.
$29.50


US/USSR APOLLO SOYUZ FDCS

In 1975 the space administrations of the USA and the USSR joined together on a project to link their spacecraft while in orbit. At the same time the postal administrations of the two cold war rivals undertook an historic if somewhat more modest challenge here on Earth. Together they produced setenant pairs of stamps with a common design to commemorate the Apollo Soyuz project. The stamps were issued at Kennedy Space Center and in Moscow on the day of launch - July 15, 1975. We invite you to take advantage of this offer of two FDCs - one with the American pair (#1569-70) and one with the Soviet stamps (#4339-40), each with a different Artcraft cachet.
$5.00


BROOKLYN BRIDGE 1983 MAXIMUM

"I Love New York" is the legend on this colorful card, which has a view of New York's skyline with the fabled Brooklyn Bridge in the foreground. Affixed is the 20 Brooklyn Bridge centennial commemorative, which is tied by its May 17, 1983, first day postmark -from Brooklyn, New York, naturally. Let's call this a conversation piece collectible. We guarantee satisfaction...
$3.95


TEXAS 1986 COMBO ARTCRAFT FDC

The sesquicentennial of the Republic of Texas was the subject of a 22 stamp in 1986, and here's an Artcraft engraved first day cover of it. It's franked with four other stamps that recall the state's rich historic heritage: the 1936 3 Independence Centennial, the 1945 3 Statehood Centennial, and two commemoratives showing Presidents born in the Lone Star State, Dwight Eisenhower and Lyndon Johnson.
$5.25


WORLD STAMP EXPO LINCOLN CARD FD

Here's an Artcraft engraved Abraham Lincoln Credo Card with a difference! Affixed beneath the sixteenth President's portrait and facsimile signature are two stamps depicting him that were issued for World Stamp Expo '89, an international stamp show in Washington, D. C. One adhesive is the March 16, 1989, 25-center (Scott #2410) publicizing the forthcoming event; another is a 90 imperforate single from the souvenir sheet (#2433) issued at the show. Both are tied by the November 17, 1989, first day postmark for the latter. This is a handsome 5" x 7" card with a trio of Abe Lincolns.
$7.65


PULASKI 12 CITY FDC SET

When the stamp honoring Polish born American General Casimir Pulaski (Scott #690) was issued way back on January 16, 1931, the Post Office Department designated twelve official first day cities. They were Brooklyn, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Gary, Milwaukee, New York, Pittsburgh, Savannah, South Bend, and Toledo. We have nice, neatly addressed, uncacheted FDCs of this old-timer from each of these cities. Choose your favorite city or take the complete set. You could call this offer "cheaper by the dozen!".
Brooklyn, NY cancel$4.00
Buffalo, NY cancel$4.00
Chicago, IL cancel$4.00
Cleveland, OH cancel$4.00
Detroit, MI cancel$4.00
Gary, IN cancel$4.00
Milwaukee, WI cancel$4.00
New York, NY cancel$4.00
Pittsburgh, PA cancel$4.00
Savannah, GA cancel$4.00
South Bend, IN cancel$4.00
Toledo, OH cancel$4.00
Set of 12 FDCs$35.00


ELVIS ARTCRAFT COMBO FDC

Landmarks in Elvis Presley's life are highlighted on this Artcraft combination first day cover, prepared in connection with the January 8, 1993, release of the 29 Elvis stamp. That multicolor and four others are tied by Memphis first day postmarking. The others? A Mississippi commem (his birthplace), an Army stamp (his military service), a motion picture commem (his film career), and a Tennessee adhesive (his longtime home). You don't have to be a rock "n" roll fan to be drawn to this combo FDC.
$7.45


COUNTRY & WESTERN PLATE BLOCK FDC

Country and Western fan? First day cover specialist? Whichever, you'll be drawn to this jumbo (4 1/2" x 10 1/4") Artcraft engraved first day cover. It's franked with an upper plate block of eight (which includes the sheet header) se-tenant stamps (Scott #2771-4) that feature singing greats Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, The Carter Family, and Bob Wills. A Nashville Grand Ole Opry first day postmark of September 25, 1993, completes this beautiful unaddressed cover.
$8.95


GEN. POWELL DESERT STORM MAXIMUM

Affixed to this photo card portrait of General Colin Powell is a 29 Desert Shield-Desert Storm commemorative, which is tied by its July 2, 1991, Washington, D.C., first day postmark. Powell, of course, was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and thus had overall command responsibility for U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf War.
$4.65


2000 BASEBALL FDC SET VARIETY

One of the very first Artcraft cachets was for the Baseball Centennial stamp (#855) issued in 1939. This classic cachet was reprinted from the original engraving plates in 2000 for a limited edition FDC set of the Legends of Baseball stamps (#3408a-t). Each cover in the set of 20 is franked with a single from the 2000 set in combination with the 3 1939 Baseball stamp. You may choose the complete set or allow us to select a single cover from the set at random.
Complete set of 20$85.00
Random Single$7.50


1926 PERF 10 McKINLEY FDC

This First Day Cover of the 7 William McKinley perf 10 stamp is a real beauty. The stamp (#588) is neatly affixed and cleanly postmarked with a May 29, 1926 Washington, DC slogan cancel. The cover is addressed to FDC pioneer Edward C. Worden, but with the title "Dr." Most Worden covers we've seen don't use any title, so this one is a bit unusual.
$65.00


2002-3 CHRISTMAS DUAL FIRST DAY

The painting "Virgin and Child" by Flemish artist Jan Gossaert is featured on both the 2002 and 2003 Christmas stamps. The First Day Cover we offer here features both, each with its corresponding First Day cancel. The 2002 stamp (#3675), printed by Banknote Corporation of America, has a standard First Day of Issue postmark from Chicago dated Oct 10, 2002. The 2003 Ashton Potter variety (#3820), is canceled on its day of issue with an Oct 23, 2003 New York circle postmark. The Artcraft cachet on this unaddressed dual FDC includes gold engraved lettering. Spectacular!
$6.25


1989 25 HOLOGRAM ENVELOPE VARIETY

Here's a mint copy of the innovative 1989 25 Space Shuttle Hologram stamped envelope (Scott #U617), but it's surely unlike the one in your postal stationery collection. How so? It has the return address of the USPS Stamped Envelope Agency, an imprinted advertisement soliciting orders for personalized copies of the 1992 29 reissue of the entire, and (on the back) an order form.
$7.50


HOLOCAUST MUSEUM / WALLENBERG COMBO

The U. S. issued a 19 postal card in 1993 for the opening of the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, with views of the imposing structure on both sides of the card. We took an Artcraft engraved first day of this handsome stationery item and made a maximum card of it. On the picture side, a 32 Raoul Wallenberg commem is tied by its April 24, 1997, first day postmark. Wallenberg was the Swedish diplomat / humanitarian who saved thousands of Jews from Nazi extermination.
$5.75


50S CELEBRATE CENTURY BALLOT FD SET

"Vote for your Favorite Stamps of the 50s!" That's the plea on the multi-page and colorful ballot the U. S. Postal Service distributed nationwide to get the people's choices for the fifteen Celebrate the Century stamps devoted to the 1950s. Inside are thirty nominated subjects from which voters could choose. We offer three copies of this ballot. On the cover of each are copies of the 33 Celebrate the Century multicolors, each group is tied by its May 26, 1999, Springfield, Massachusetts, first day postmark.
$14.95


1937 TERRITORIAL ISSUES FDC SET

The US Post Office Department issued four 3 commemoratives in 1937 with scenes of American possessions. The quartet (#799-802) included Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. We recently purchased a stock of cacheted, unaddressed First Day Covers of this set that we think you're going to like. The four different two-color Fidelity cachets share a common frame with the title "Possessions Series" and a drawing of the U.S. Capitol dome. Each cachet also includes an illustration that complements the stamp on the cover. You may choose individual covers or take the set of four for a special price.
799 - Hawaii$8.50
800 - Alaska$8.50
801 - Puerto Rico$8.50
802 - Virgin Islands$8.50
Set of 4$29.50


1983 U. S. OFFICIALS ARTCRAFT FDC

Several different "Official Mail USA" stamps are tied to this unaddressed Artcraft cover by a Washington, D. C., January 12, 1983, first day of issue postmark. Included are Scott #O127-9 and #O130-5: 1, 4, 13, 17, 20 $1.00, and $5.00 denominations. All seven engraved stamps have the same eagle motif design rendered in red, blue, and black. The cachet? It shows the U. S. Capitol, an eagle, and a shield. A highly desirable FDC...
$15.00


STATUE OF LIBERTY "SOAP OPERA" FD

A Soap Opera Festival was held in New York City back in 1986 during the Independence Day holiday, and a pictorial hand postmark noted the gathering. Here's an Artcraft engraved cover franked with the 22 Statue of Liberty centennial commemorative that's tied with this postmark dated July 4, 1986. That was the first day of the stamp, so here's a most unusual first day cover.
$6.50


EISENHOWER ARMY ARTCRAFT COMBO

Here's an Artcraft combination first day cover honoring American Army greats. Its focus is the 6 Dwight Eisenhower memorial stamp of October 14, 1969. But six earlier stamps also are tied by the Abilene first day postmark: one that shows Generals George Washington and Robert E. Lee and others featuring Generals George Marshall, "Stonewall" Jackson, John J. Pershing. George Patton, Ulysses S. Grant. William T. Sherman, and Philip Sheridan. This is an unusual American military Artcraft.
$6.75


1988 JACK LONDON BOOKLET PANE FDC

The 25 Jack London stamp of the Great Americans regular series was issued in a booklet pane of ten on May 3, 1988. We have an Artcraft #10 size first day cover franked with the entire pane (Scott #2182a) and neatly postmarked with a pair of San Francisco first day strikes. The blue engraved stamp is complemented by the maroon engraved cachet, which has a portrait of the author and a scene recalling his novel "The Call of the Wild."
$6.50


ARTCRAFT '46 ARMED FORCES COMBO FD

All five U. S. 1945-6 3 commemoratives honoring the U. S. Armed Forces of World War II are on this combination cover, whose Artcraft engraved cachet was created expressly for this complete series. On the cover are the Iwo Jima, Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine stamps (Scott #929, 934-6 and 939). The postmark is the February 26, 1946, first day strike for the Merchant Marine issue. We offer both unaddressed and addressed copies of this issue.
Unaddressed$30.00
Addressed$15.00


ENDANGERED SPECIES CARDS FDC SET

When the 1996 sheet of fifteen Endangered Species 32 stamps was issued, the U. S. Postal Service also released fifteen picture postcards (Scott #UX264-78) whose imprinted 20 stamps have the same animal motifs. We have these fifteen cards, Artcraft engraved and with October 2, 1996, San Diego, California, pictorial first day postmarks.
$29.50


ARTCRAFT EXPRESS MAIL FDCS

Take a beautiful stamp, put it on an Artcraft engraved envelope, cancel it on the day of issue. and you have a stellar collectible. Typical are the three Express Mail first day covers we offer here: the $9.35 of August 12,1983 (Scott #1909); the $10.75 of April 29, 1985 (#2122); and the $8.75 of October 4, 1988 (#2394). Each unaddressed Artcraft cover has a single - with a multicolored eagle and moon design - tied by first day postmarking. Choose any of these premium covers - or all three.
1909$50.00
2122$40.00
2394$25.00
All Three$100.00


1970 Pilgrims Commem Maxicard

The Pilgrims and their ship "Mayflower" are shown on a 6c U.S. stamp (Scott #1420) issued in 1970 on the 350th anniversary of the arrival of these early refugees in the new world. We have a maximum card showing the "Mayflower" at full sail. The stamp is affixed at the upper right and tied by its Plymouth, Massachusetts, first day postmark. On the back of the card is informative text, a useful bonus.
$3.50


ARTCRAFT PACIFIC 97 CREDO CARDS

Take two Artcraft engraved Credo Cards with portraits of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin (and facsimiles of their signatures), frank each with a 60c Washington or 50c Franklin stamp from the Pacific 97 sheets, and then add San Francisco first day postmarking. The result is a singularly attractive set that's perfect for an Americana or Pacific 97 topical collection - as well as an unusual addition to a first day album. What's more, these two 5" x 7" cards are suitable for framing.
$9.50


1956 FIPEX SHEET FDC PAIR

In 1956, for the Fifth International Philatelic Exhibition in New York City, the U.S. issued a souvenir sheet reproducing 3c and 8c Statue of Liberty regulars. We have two different Artcraft engraved first day covers with this sheet. One of the cachets has the NYC skyline, the other shows tools of philately, and both include the Fipex logo. Artcraft specialist or not, you'll like the beauty of these covers, postmarked April 28, 1956, New York City.
$9.15


1969 Man On The Moon Maxicard

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first men on the moon, flank their mission partner, Michael Collins, on a handsome photocard. It's been made into a maximum by the addition of the September 9, 1969, Man on the Moon 10c airmail stamp (C76), which is tied by its "Moon Landing" first day postmark. Suitable for framing or album display.
$4.50


COLUMBUS ARTCRAFT COLOR VARIETY

The standard Artcraft cachet for the 1992 "First Voyage of Christopher Columbus" issue was engraved in black. A small number of cachets were also produced in brown and that is what we offer here. This cover is neatly franked with a se-tenant block of four stamps (#2620-3) and First Day canceled April 24, 1992 in Christiansted, Virgin Islands. The cachet pictures Columbus on the dock of the Santa Maria looking very heroic in the face of the uncertainties of the perilous voyage.
$7.50


1997 BUGS BUNNY IMPERF SINGLE FDC

What's the rarest American first day cover of the 1990s? It may be this Artcraft May 22, 1997, 32c Bugs Bunny booklet pane with an imperforate single (Scott #3138C). After all, the U.S. Postal Service printed only 188,000 of these imperforate panes, few of which made their way to first day covers. The FDC we offer is an unaddressed, oversided (7" x 10")Artcraft engraved beauty with the official Burbank first day postmark (featuring Bugs and the Warner Brothers logo). Your collection will be enhanced when you display this modern rarity...an instant classic!
$150.00


1995 Civil War Maxicard Quintet

Here's a set of five maximums produced when the Civil War "Class Collection" sheet of stamps was issued. The multicolored cards have scenes that are complemented by relevant stamps, which are affixed and tied by June 29, 1995, first day postmarking. There's a "Stonewall" Jackson card, another of the Battle of Fredericksburg, a third showing General William T. Sherman, a fourth recalling Chancellorsville, and-of course-one featuring Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee.
Set of 5 Maxicards$12.50


ARTCRAFT 1950 CAPITAL QUINTET

In 1950, the Post Office Department commemorated the sesquicentennial of the establishment of our federal government in Washington, DC with a set of four stamps (#989-992). Artcraft joined in the celebration by producing cachets for each of the four, plus a fifth cachet for the complete series. This month we're proud to offer this set of five First Day Covers that includes the Statue of Freedom, White House, Supreme Court and U.S. Capitol and a fifth combination FDC with all four stamps affixed. This classic set is in clean unaddressed condition and would look great in your collection.
Set of 5 First Day Covers$25.00


JACKIE ROBINSON ARTMASTER FDC

The black engraved Artmaster cachet on this Jackie Robinson first day cover (#2016) is a composite of four pictures including Robinson in his baseball uniform, in a suit and tie, batting, and fielding. Jackie Robinson was a great baseball player who will also always be remembered as the first black man to play for a Major League Baseball team. This cover would be a nice addition to either a Sports or a Black Heritage topical collection
$7.50


Marilyn Monroe Full Pane FDC

The first stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series was the 32c Marilyn Monroe (#2967). The pane of twenty stamps was designed by Michael Deas and includes a jumbo portrait and background text with a facsimile of Marilyn's autograph. We offer the entire pane of twenty stamps First Day canceled on an 8 3/4" by 11 3/4" cacheted envelope. The cachet is the Artcraft champagne colored engraving that won the 1995 Earl Planty Award presented by the American First Day Cover Society! A real beauty by any definition.
$13.50


District of Columbia Dual FDC

The USPS commemorated the Bicentennial of the District of Columbia with a stamp (#2561) issued on September 7, 1991. Twelve years later, on September 23, 2003 another District of Columbia stamp (#3813) was issued. The occasion? Apparently it was due to political pressure from DC politicians who felt slighted by the omission of their constituency from the Greetings From America issue. We created a dual First Day Cover with both stamps; each canceled on its First Day of Issue, affixed to an Artcraft cacheted cover. It would surely be an interesting addition to your FDC collection.
Dual FDC$7.50


1990 & 1994 FOOTBALL ENVELOPES FIRST DAYS

Football fan? Artcraft or postal stationery specialist? Then consider this dual offer: two unaddressed first day canceled and Artcraft cacheted envelopes honoring professional football. The first (Scott #U618) is a 1990 25-center hologram envelope whose "stamp" shows players and the Vince Lombardi trophy. The second (#U631), from 1994, marks seventy-five years of pro football and has a 29c football embossed indicium. The Artcraft engraving on each shows a game in progress, Vince Lombardi, and the trophy named after him.
2 Stamped Envelope First Days$5.50


ARTCRAFT ENGRAVED WILDFLOWERS

Fifty different American wildflowers bloom on a set of 29c multicolors (#2647-96) the USPS issued in 1992, and we have them all on unaddressed Artcraft first day covers with a black engraved cachet featuring a bouquet of wildflowers. Artcraft created a set of 50 different multicolored cachets for this issue, but only a small quantity of this black engraved variety was produced. If you're an Artcraft specialist or simply would like a fine set of uncommon FDCs, consider this offer.
Set of 50 with black engraved cachet$95.00
Random single with black engraved cachet$5.00


1995 COMICS POSTCARDS ARTCRAFT FD

Great fun (and brilliantly eye-catching, too) are the twenty postcards that were issued in tandem with 1995's Comic Strips stamps. Each of the cards has the stamp imprinted but with a 20c denomination; there's also background text, and (on the back)a full color jumbo reproduction of the design. We offer the full set postmarked first day of issue and- here's a bonus- cacheted by Artcraft. The kid in you will love this delightful group.
FD Postal Cards$32.00


ELVIS 1993 JUMBO POSTER CACHET FDC

Treat yourself to this extraordinary first day cover of the January 8, 1993, 29c Elvis Presley commemorative. It's a 9" x 12" envelope with a hugh red and black lithographed cachet that reproduces an Elvis concert poster from January 21, 1956. Where was the event? At the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York. An Elvis fan's delight!
$10.00


WINDMILLS UNOFFICIAL FIRST DAYS

Remember the five different tiny 15c Windmill booklet pane stamps issued February 7, 1980, at Lubbock, Texas? We have a set of five Artcraft covers, each franked with one of the stamps and canceled on the first day at the town where the windmill is located. One unaddressed cover has a Lubbock cancel (not the standard first day strike), and the others are canceled at Eastham, Massachusetts; Williamsburg, Virginia; Portsmouth, Rhode Island; and Batavia, Illinois.
Set of 5 first Day Covers$12.50