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Cacheted first-day cover centennial event success

Sep 9, 2023, 9 AM
These two photos, each tied to the birth of the cacheted first-day cover, were taken exactly 100 years apart. Sept. 1, 2023, photo at left by Naddia Dhalai, U.S. Postal Service; Sept. 1,1923, event photo courtesy of the Marion County Historical Society.

Philatelic Foreword by Jay Bigalke

In the Philatelic Foreword column in the August issue of Scott Stamp Monthly, I detailed the Sept. 1 celebration in Marion, Ohio, of the centennial of the first cacheted first-day cover, which was created by Linn’s Stamp News founder George W. Linn. That cover and Linn appear on the cover of Linn’s each week.

There isn’t much to add to that earlier story, but I wanted to share a couple photos from the Sept. 1
ceremony. The picture on the left features Marion postmaster Keith Etherington at top left with the pictorial cancellation and me holding the event ceremony program.

The Marion County Historical Society Reenactment Troupe helped us recreate the 1923 scene very well. A photo taken at the Sept. 1, 1923, first-day ceremony for the 2¢ stamp issued in President Warren G. Harding’s honor is also shown here.

Linn’s has put together a souvenir collectible for the anniversary with a postmarked postcard and a program to be offered for $10 plus shipping on the Amos Advantage website. Get yours while supplies last.

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