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United States/Covers & Postmarks : what was the earliest official usps franking" First day of issue"?

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metalbender
03 Mar 2016
10:32:51am
Ive looked about the web a bit and cant seem to find that bit of info.
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michael78651
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03 Mar 2016
10:48:15am
re: what was the earliest official usps franking" First day of issue"?

According the the Scott US Specialized Catalog, the earliest known cancellation on a first day of issue is July 1, 1851. The earliest first day cancellation for covers canceled at cities officially designated by the Post Office Department or Postal Service is November 11, 1922.

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metalbender
03 Mar 2016
10:59:36am
re: what was the earliest official usps franking" First day of issue"?

thank you michael, did the second date also indicate the official "first day of issue" franking?

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metalbender
03 Mar 2016
11:02:31am
re: what was the earliest official usps franking" First day of issue"?

aha! with that bit of info you provided i was able to goole this tidbit....The first first-day cancellations cannot be distinguished for any other cancellations. It was not until 1937 that ''First Day of Issue'' was included in the cancellation.

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03 Mar 2016
11:44:20am
re: what was the earliest official usps franking" First day of issue"?

Ok. I see you were looking for the "FDC" text and not just the date cancel.

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03 Mar 2016
04:56:38pm
re: what was the earliest official usps franking" First day of issue"?

NYTimes ... on First Days and the evolution of the grace period (19881218)

Linn's ... The history of the first-day cover grace period in the United States (20140807)

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jrc531
24 Mar 2016
09:54:59am

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re: what was the earliest official usps franking" First day of issue"?

metalbender:

The following information is my attempt to answer your question, if I understand it correctly.

The first use of "First Day of Issue" cancel by the United States Post Office was for
US Scott's #795, Northwest Territory, July 13, 1937. There were two first day cities for
this issue: New York, New York and Marietta, Ohio. As far as I know, only the machine
cancel used the "First Day of Issue" wordage. All hand cancels were similar to past
practices. Approximately 250 thousand covers were canceled. Two FDCS (first day covers)
with Don Kapner cachets depict both MC (machine cancel) with "First Day of Issue" and
HC (hand cancels) without.

If I can be of any other help, please let me know, I'll help if I can.

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28 Mar 2016
04:07:34am
re: what was the earliest official usps franking" First day of issue"?

To add a little more confusion.....

every one read the question again....... The United States Post Office "USPO" was reorganized July 1st 1971 as the United States Postal Service "USPS"......technically the earliest USPS FDC would be July 4th, the *Bicentennial Issue*


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jrc531
28 Mar 2016
10:04:10pm

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re: what was the earliest official usps franking" First day of issue"?

ECollector:

I attempted to help answer metalbender's question in a fashion that I thought might be of benefit to him.

In response to your comment, the first use of "First Day of Issue" by the USPS would be Scott's #1396, dtd 07/01/71. While this stamp was issued simultaneously in all US post offices, only the Washington, D. C. post office used the "First Day of Issue" slogan cancel.
An example to follow.
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30 Mar 2016
08:34:00pm
re: what was the earliest official usps franking" First day of issue"?

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"I attempted to help answer metalbender's question in a fashion that I thought might be of benefit to him"



Your reply was well done and a benefit to me as well.

And yes, I forgot the "Official" part of the question in my reply, I was attempting to point out the semantics USPS vs USPOD

Mike

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