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Tercentenary - 300th Anniversary First Day Covers
200th Anniversary of
Rhode Island Statehood First Day Covers
Covers bearing cachets, as
illustrated by the three covers shown above can be purchased directly
from the cachet maker or from stamp dealers.
Many First Day of Issue
cover collectors prefer to service their own covers. Since First Day
covers are available for 30 days from the issuing post office, one
method of servicing your own covers is as follows:
Purchase the new issue from your local post office when it becomes
available. (If your local post office does not carry the new stamp you
may have to visit a larger post office in the area that includes a
Affix your stamp/s to the upper right hand corner of the envelope,
(usually 1/4 inch from both the right and top edges).
Fasten a peelable label containing your address
near the bottom center of the envelope. (Blank peelable labels are
available at most office supply stores.)
Place a filler card (thin piece of cardboard) inside your envelope.
Place your cover or covers inside of a stamped outer envelope addressed
to the First Day of issue city and mail it.
Name of First Day City, State, ZIP Code-9991
(or the ZIP+4 Code given).
Note: First Day Cities and
their addresses are listed on the
Website and in the various Stamp
Weekly's. Artcraft also maintains an online issue calendar which lists
the addresses of the
First Day Cities.
There is no additional payment
required, however the envelope must arrive at the designated First
Day Post Office within the 30 day time frame.
With the advent of low-cost
computer graphics programs and printers, it has become much easier for
the layman to produce well designed cachets of their own.
If you decide to produce your own
cachets/artwork on the cover, you can place your cachet on the envelope
prior to sending it to the post office or apply it after you receive the
cover back as an add-on cachet.
You can also purchase un-cacheted
First Day Covers directly from the USPS Philatelic Center
in Kansas City and then add your cachet after receiving your cover/s.
Another way to receive First Day
of Issue covers is to join an FDC Subscription Service.
Many of the larger cachet producers provide a service of this type and
most of them are listed in Stamp Weekly or BI-Weekly newspapers such as
Brookman, Mystic, RKA Stamps,
Kendal Bevil and Collins are a few of the cachet
makers that provide cover subscription services.
NOTE: On occasion, First
Day cancels are issued from other cities in addition to the
Official First Day City. These are called Unofficial First
Day Cancels. First Day covers for the Rhode Island Tercentenary
Issue exist with cancels from 117 different unofficial cities,
(includes stations, branch post offices and
Tercentenary Unofficial City - First Day Cover Section