U. S. FIRST DAY COVERS POSTAGE

Local History Collections

Collection ID: 285
Location: LH - 390

(Description ID: 595726)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

U.S. First Day Covers Postage

LH-390

Introduction

Agency History

Scope and Content

Inventory

 

Introduction

This collection was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in 2013 by George B. Pickett.

 

Agency History

A First Day Cover (FDC) is an envelope or card bearing a stamp which is cancelled on the day the stamp is initially placed on sale by the postal authorities.  Many FDC’s have cachets to enhance the stamp and provide background information on the subject.  The United States Postal Service (USPS) will designate a single city as the “official” first day city.  The location is appropriate to the subject of the stamp, and is the only place where the “First Day of Issue” postmark is used.  The new stamp is typically released on a day significant to the subject and can include a ceremony to commemorate the occasion.  

 

Collectors may buy envelopes, apply the stamps and send them to the USPS to obtain a FDC, or they can be purchased from cachet makers or stamp dealers.  The American First Day Cover Society (AFDCS), founded in 1955, is a volunteer non-profit organization servicing the needs of collectors, cachet makers and dealers.  This organization is still in existence today (2013).

 

Scope and Content

This collection spans the years from 1945 – 1977, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1970s.  There are three binders containing United States First Day Covers (FDC) addressed to Mr. George B. Pickett of Clyde, Ohio.  The FDCs’ commemorate America’s bicentennial (1776 – 1976) as well as several other U.S. historical figures and events.

 

Inventory

Ac. 5838

 

 Box 1

 America’s Bicentennial Covers

U.S. Historical Figures/Events (1971 – 1977) 

U.S. Historical Figures/Events (1948 – 1976)