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Tom in Exton, PA
27 Mar 2017
10:23:31pm
In the category of just having some fun. I recently got a big lot of first day covers. It was supposed to be 300 covers, and the seller said he included extras to compensate for some undesirable covers etc. So this lot shows up in the mail and I immediately notice there are 115 uncacheted postal stationary pieces, both cards and envelopes! Nutz! Then I decide to count the mess. I add up 450 pieces, so I figure the seller was acting in good faith and the uncacheted pieces were free. That gave me license to play a bit.

I regularly feed odd stuff through my printer. For instance I use decal paper to make custom water slide decals for my model cars. I don't like to waste an expensive full sheet of decal paper to print a few small decals, so I tape a third of a sheet to another piece of paper and feed it through. It works brilliantly so I figured.. why not cards and covers?

So I created the following counterfeit first day covers this week....

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I started easy figuring it may not work. A piece of Paul Revere clip art and a few lines of text. I found it easiest to do this in PowerPoint since it's easier to move stuff around than in Word. It worked! So to celebrate I made five of them!

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This one is kinda stamp related because a stamp seller that I was already buying things from was selling some ancient whiskey labels. I thought this was a very cool image, but not cool enough to pay the $40 he wanted for the original. Right click! This one came out pretty neat. Next one I'll remove the black border and make it a little larger. But I made this one for my own album.

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I did a Google Image search for "kids playing doctor" and this historic beauty came up. Added a little text and voila! We have a cachet. I've only made one of these but have another dozen cards. Anybody want one?

This was fun and had me thinking how well I could've done with a computer for graphics back when I did the ODDITY Cachets in the 1970s. Back then, I was fiddling with press on lettering and cutting up old text books for some of the artwork. We didn't even have competent copiers back then! Talk about the dark ages, and the abilities we take for granted today.

Anyway, these won't be leaving the building without a note "Blank Canvas Cachets - By Tom Geiger 2016" or something like that printed on the back. I'm not out to counterfeit anything, just having fun and may share them with my friends. I think I'll throw one into every order I'm packing up from my recent Stamporama FDC auctions!

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28 Mar 2017
09:21:50am
re: Blank Canvases Just For Fun

I think what you are doing is great and sounds like fun.

People buy FDCs without cachets to make their own cachets all the time, so you are in good company.

I think its a great idea to label them with your name and date.

My favorite is the whiskey label cachet. I think in addition to setting some aside for your own collection you should auction your home-made cachets. I have no interest in FDCs but would happily buy some with witty cachets.

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28 Mar 2017
09:32:49am
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I think that it is imperative that some sort of indelible ink message is used on the back that identifies these covers as modern novelties (with appropriate date of secondary creation) after the original date of creation that appears on the front in the form of the postmark SO, I am glad to read that you intend to place the printing date and your name on the back of these modern, contemporary add-ons.
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28 Mar 2017
09:54:10am
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Bruce I really don't understand your concern about marking them as modern novelties. The original envelopes are modern novelties to begin with (commemorative postal stationary?). Most people who collect cachets collect from a given cachet maker or from a set list of cachets from a (Mellone's) catalog.

Many hand-painted cachets sold today are also modern novelties added on years or decades after the stamp was issued but are not marked as such and valued (sometimes $100+) simply for the value of the artwork.

It's not as if he is faking the first day cancels.


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28 Mar 2017
12:08:59pm
re: Blank Canvases Just For Fun

I agree with Bruce, the prudent thing to do is to document the modifications.
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Tom in Exton, PA
28 Mar 2017
01:48:37pm
re: Blank Canvases Just For Fun

Thanks Antonio for the enthusiasm! I'll make a few more of the airmail cover. I can just picture the pilots sitting back at the controls, each with a glass of Airport Straight Whiskey!


Which reminds me of an old story. I was at the liquor / beer store in NJ with my then six year old daughter, the tiny little bottles, which we always called airline bottles since those are served on planes. She got excited by the tiny bottles and asked if we could buy some. I told her, no you needed to own an airplane to buy them. The store owner started laughing.

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28 Mar 2017
09:42:55pm
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I want one! It would be a nice addition to my "Covers" section. I will send a PM.

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28 Mar 2017
10:27:46pm
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"Which reminds me of an old story. I was at the liquor / beer store in NJ with my then six year old daughter, the tiny little bottles, which we always called airline bottles since those are served on planes. She got excited by the tiny bottles and asked if we could buy some. I told her, no you needed to own an airplane to buy them. The store owner started laughing."



Interesting! When I lived in Dallas in the 1980's those little bottles were not available. I wanted a few for contest prizes for a party, so when my best friend flew back home to New Jersey for a visit, I asked him to grab a few bottles. Until now I thought he bought then on the flight! In Dallas in the 1980's you really DID need an airplane!

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29 Mar 2017
11:19:39am
re: Blank Canvases Just For Fun

The little bottles is how they used to serve distilled spirits alcohol in restaurants in South Carolina for a long time.

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31 Mar 2017
07:38:46pm
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Found this cover in a dollar box..ACE after the addressee's name stands for Artistic covers exchange

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31 Mar 2017
07:41:45pm
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Harry Potter..this is a homemade cover

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bobgggg
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31 Mar 2017
07:43:25pm
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Dr. Harvey Cushing...

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bobgggg
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31 Mar 2017
07:46:08pm
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This cover was given to me a fellow stamporama member and I decorated it myself

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bobgggg
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31 Mar 2017
07:48:48pm
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and the little cutie-pie.. this was another homemade cover

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bobgggg
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31 Mar 2017
07:53:15pm
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The energy conservation, which came from a stamporama seller in Red Hook New York

Just cant think of his name..Mr Brown or something like that

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Tom in Exton, PA
01 Apr 2017
12:21:08pm
re: Blank Canvases Just For Fun

I think his name is Phil Brown. I must look like him. Every time I stop for gas in New Jersey the attendant walks up to my car and asks, "Phil?" I tell him, "No, I'm Tom"

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