and Postal History Primer
Collections - First Day Ceremony Programs
Types of Collections -
First Day Ceremony Programs
First Day Ceremonies
are held by the United States Postal Service to dedicate new stamp
issues. They are held in the city where the stamp will be issued,
(Official First Day City - in this case
Pawtucket, Rhode Island). The
First Day of Issue Ceremony Programs
are produced by the United States Postal Service
cooperation with the sponsoring organization of the event. They contain
details of the ceremony, a list of the speakers and the background of
the stamp issue. Most first day ceremonies are open to the public and
are attended by postal officials, the stamp designer, relatives of the
honoree, state and/or city officials, and guest speakers. The program
depicted on the left is for the May
29, 1990 Rhode Island Bicentennial Statehood Issue,
(Scott Nr. 2348).
The Illustrations at left, show
with the Rhode Island Statehouse; the (inside)
with the list events, speakers and honored guests; and the
with a first day cancel of the stamp and a short narrative history.
Most First Day Ceremonies are similar
to the one described here in both their format and content.
Guest Speakers for the Rhode Island
Bicentennial First Day Ceremony included: Providence Postmaster Wallace
Kiddo; Pawtucket Mayor Brian J. Sarault; Gary G. Gray, President - Old
Slater Mill Association; Robert Macieski, Curator - Slater Mill Historic
Site; Dr. Patrick Conley, Chairman - RI Bicentennial Foundation; Samuel
Slater (portrayed by Ed Shea); and Rhode Island Governor Edward D.
Music for the event
was provided by the Shea High School Jazz Ensemble and the National
Anthem was sung by Belinda Lima. The Colors were presented by the
Kentish Guards of the Rhode Island Militia.