Friday, July 17, 2009
Postcard Friendly Friday #2 - Legends
First off, this ain't a postcard. I've done a couple of postcards and may share them in the future - if I can find them! It isn't that I don't like doing them, but a postcard is usually a bit smaller than this, and a postcard has a 'view' side and a 'message' or address side.
This is properly called a COVER. It began life as an envelope and most covers have no gum on the flap for they will never contain a message (although some do, but then that piece is called a 'stuffer'). I belong to an organization called the American First Day Cover Society. Members collect old and new covers just like some people collect stamps - or postcards - or anything for that matter.
Secondly, this is not what I would consider a piece of Old Paper Art. However, it has vintage lettering on it, and I now realize that I liked it back then for the same reason I like it now - The Lettering!
I do not remember where the First Day was held for these stamps, as generally, the Postal Service designates one city for the First Day of Issue, and that's the only place where you can buy the stamps. I know that we made arrangements with the Postmaster in Cody, Wyoming, to purchase the stamps there, so I believe that in this case, it was a Nationwide release. There were not a whole lot of people in the Post Office when I purchased (and canceled) some of them, so I don't believe that Cody was the First Day City.
Although there is a longer backstory to this issue, I'll save it for next Friday! For now, I'll just share the cover.