Early first-day covers
include correspondence between Pontypridd and Newport in 1855, Caernarvon and Shrewsbury, 1853, Abergavenny and Hereford, 1852, Tredegar via Merthyr and Cardiff, 1849, Pwllheli and Corwen, 1847, and Newport and Usk from 1846.
The exhibit traces the history of Worcester-based business stationery printer and shows examples of its wood engraving prints, photogravure prints, first-day covers and letterhead stationery.
The richer details of the photogravure process earned an enthusiastic response, and that inspired the introduction of first-day covers in 1939.
The first-day covers cost pounds 10 for one copy or pounds 17 to buy both together.
D18034_1 POPULAR: Nicky Simpson says phone orders have come in from all over the world for the first-day covers. Picture: LISA CAREY
This will be your ONLY chance to acquire the first-day covers
in an exclusive set before the stamps go on general sale on May 14.
Framed stamps paired with first-day covers make suitable gifts.
The envelope, postmarked on the first day of issue in a city related to the stamp in some way, is known as the cacheted first-day cover. The one produced for the 1971 blood donor commemorative depicts a unit of blood being collected and a statement by President Nixon: "Among the noblest acts of personal generosity is the gift of one's blood for the benefit of another." A first-day cover and sheets of the stamp are displayed in our center.
176,962 Number of first-day covers
of Michigan's centennial stamp mailed from Lansing (1935)
SPECIAL first-day covers
of the Princess Diana commemorative stamps went on sale yesterday at the village post office she used as a child.
The first-day covers
are being sold by The Westminster Collection, which distributes stamps to collectors.