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BenFranklin1902
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Tom in Exton, PA
22 Dec 2016
10:07:53pm

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Maybe not what you were expecting when you clicked on this thread. As I dig deeper into my old stamp hoard of my youth, I'm finding interesting stuff. In the bottom of a box I found a thin three ring binder with the following cover collection in it. These are pages that I made back in 1977, for the Washington at Princeton stamp issue. I did attend the first day ceremony.

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The first cover is my own ODDITY Cachet that I produced in that era. I always liked those corner singles so I made my personal cover as all four corners. The next cover was an all purpose cachet created by a friend of mine June Bancroft.

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The next two covers are Artcraft. The first one is an unofficial FDOI from Washington, NJ. The second cover was an overprint that my stamp club created.

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I did drive around the state that day hoping to get a bunch of unofficial FD cancels. Here's two of them from post offices I was passing.

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There were Bicentennial pictorial cancels so I made sure I hit the post offices that had those. I remember going to both of these that day.

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And here's a pictorial from Perth Amboy and a nice cancel from Princeton Junction. I do need this cancel for my NJ cancel collection but I decline to break up this page. I'll just have to swing by and get a new cancel. I know exactly where that post office is!

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The first cover is actually my ODDITY number one that was created for the 6.3 cent drum issue. I had some extras left over so I used them for Bicentennial theme pictorial cancels and used one for this FDOI. I created this maximum card from a postcard of George Washington.

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Here's a dual FDOI that I created for the new stamp on an Artcraft cover. The second cover is the cachet by June Bancroft with an unofficial NYC cancel. I don't remember how I acquired this cancel. I know I was too busy driving around New Jersey that day to hit the city!

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Here's where I had fun creating some postal history. I had sent covers to George Washington before, but they waited the 30 days of General Delivery before giving me an excellent cancel and sending it back. Note that the cover mailed in Princeton got a first day cancel in Trenton on it's way to Washington.

I sent one to the furthest US post office on Wake Island too. They knew what I was up to and replied with a first day cancel! Too cool! That has to be a unique cover.

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I sent these two covers back to George, Washington for George's birthday. They complied with excellent pictorial cancels.

That's all that was in the binder. It is a pretty cool collection and I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was 18 years old and had borrowed my father's 1971 Chevy Belair to make the trip. Back then I had no problem getting cancels, every post office was happy to help.

As I complete the binders for my USA stamp collection (I'm up to 1971) I will include these pages. Note that these pages were created in 1977 and standard stationary store paper and clear page protectors have aged just fine and haven't damaged any covers.

This was a nostalgic day! Hope you enjoyed this presentation!



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fredcdobbs
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23 Dec 2016
12:39:23pm
re: Ancient Album Uncovered!

Very nice presentation, the fact that you did it when you were 18 is very impressive. In January of 1977 I was 2 months in to 19 and had lost all interest in stamps, coins, baseball cards, HO car racing and model cars, lucky mom and dad put the stuff away in case I ever grew up.I went to tech school by day and chased fast girls and fast cars by night.

Sure glad my parents kept my stuff. I don't have any of the cars I had, don't have any of the girls I had, don't work in the business I went to school for but I still have the stamps, coins, baseball cards and Aurora HO cars I had when I was young.Happy

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doomboy
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23 Dec 2016
01:52:12pm
re: Ancient Album Uncovered!

Loved the Wake Island cover! Brilliant on both your and their parts!

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Bobstamp
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23 Dec 2016
05:17:52pm
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I didn't know that Wake Island had the distinction of being that separated from the continental U.S. But I knew it was a long way away! In 1963, I flew on a MATS Constellation from Travis Air Force Base outside San Francisco to Tachikawa AFB west of Tokyo, via Clark Field in Hawaii and Wake Island. The flight took 26 hours, not including stops for refuelling; it was certainly one of the greater adventures of my early adulthood.

At Wake Island, we deplaned for breakfast, after flying all night from Hawaii, and I sent this postcard to my parents:

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@Tom: If you'd like a hi-res image of the postcard picture for inclusion in your album, let me know by PM.

Bob

P.S. You are invited to read details about my MATS flight at Low and slow in a "Connie" — Flying to Japan in 1963.

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