John Ranto was a collector and cachet designer of first day covers of US issues. I came into possession of Ranto cover as I specifically acquired one containing USA Scott Number 1590A and 1623B. These 2 booklet stamps are much rarer than their similar counter parts and were obvious holes in my collection for […]
Although I don’t specifically look for First Day Covers, when I end up with some, I keep them. And the more I look into them, I begin to understand the market a little bit and how it works. For the most part, a cover becomes collectible more for its cachet then the stamp. It […]
In my quest to complete the Major Numbers of my USA collection (at “least” from 1930 through 2010), I have, as you can imagine, quite a few holes. Filling these holes is sometimes a challenge, so I have decided that, when possible, fill the hole with something interesting. This brings us to the Admiral Byrd […]
In addition to these previous 4 covers, I acquired another Churchill FDC cover showing Scott #1264 along with Komitetit Te Qindreses #11B (Perf 14). This cover is an “ArtCraft” cachet cover. ArtCraft has been producing covers since 1939 and is still producing them today.
The Komitetit Te Qindreses stamps were issued well before the death of Winston Churchill (and probably shortly after the death of FDR). Churchill would die on January 24th 1965, and the US Issued a commemorative stamp in his honor on May 13th 1965. The First Day Covers for this Churchill Issue (US Scott #1264) […]