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First Day Covers

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First Day Covers

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A first day cover (FDC) is an envelope upon which postage stamps are affixed to be canceled on their first day of issue. Depending on the policy of the nation issuing the postage stamp, official first day postmarks sometimes may be applied to first day covers weeks or months after the first day of issue.

Items in the First Day Covers Collection

This first day cover was issued by KJM (K. J. Moran) and features a right-facing portrait of Dante with text as follows: at the top: "HONORING"; and at the bottom "ALIGHIERI DANTE / 700th ANNIVERSARY / OF BIRTH / FIRST DAY OF ISSUE / KJM". Except for…

This first day cover was designed by Charles R. Chickering and issued by Gladys Jackson's Jackson Cover Service (New York, New York). Chickering retired from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1962 after a fifteen-year career there as a stamp…

This first day cover was issued by the philatelic group Círculo Filatélico de Liniers and postmarked in Rosario, Santa Fe, on September 16, 1965. The cachet features Gustave Doré's portrait of Dante. Below the portrait is a detail from Doré's…

This first day cover was designed by C. Stephen Anderson. The cachet features a woodcut-style portrait of Dante above a brief biography of the poet. The text of the biography is as follows:Born in Florence, Italy, in 1265, Dante Aligheri was perhaps…

This first day cover was designed by Day Lowry for The Aristocrats. The cachet features a portrait of Dante above a brief biography of the poet, the text of which is as follows:Dante Alighieri, Italian poet, born in Florence, May 21, 1265. The world…

This first day cover features Andrea del Castagno's portrait of Dante.

This Cachet Craft cover designed by Ken Boll features a profile portrait of Dante ("Mask of Dante") printed in black surrounded by flames printed in red.

This first day cover was designed by George Boltrek and issued by Cover Craft Cachets of Paterson, New Jersey. It was the "Official Cover" of the Italian Historical Society of America.

This first day cover was designed by William Von Ohlen. The all-text cachet gives a very brief biography of Dante as follows:Dante was born in Florence, Italy. His parents died when he was young and Brunetti Latine, a statesman, supervised his…

This first day cover's hand-painted cachet by Ralph Dyer depicts Dante, crowned with a laurel wreath, against a background of flames holding a book on which are written the words "Poet", "Soldier", "Writer", and "EXILE". Below the portrait is a…

This first day cover was designed by Paul L. Hubartt for Fluegel Covers.

This first day cover may have been issued by the Keepsake Press of Chicago.

Kolor Kover first day covers are distinguished by the colored paper used for the envelopes. The red cachet on this yellow envelope shows a portrait of Dante in profile within an ornamental frame.

The cachets on these first day covers were hand painted by Ben Kraft. One cachet depicts Dante against a red background next to the phrases "HE GLORIFIED HELL!" and "DANTE 1265–1321". Another depicts Dante against a yellow background facing the…

So-called "Marg" cachets were created by Edmund J. Shea for Shea Advertising.

These first day covers feature hand-painted, add-on cachets by L. Ziola Powell. One cachet depicts a portrait of Dante partly covered by an angel with trumpet above and flames below. The other cachet depicts a portrait of Dante with laurel wreath…

The cachet on this first day cover issued by Press Cover Club was printed in black and then colored by hand with pink, orange, and blue highlights.

This first day cover was issued by Clarence E. Reid and features a textual cachet naming Douglas Gorsline, the designer of the United States Dante postage stamp of 1965. The "No. 2717" next to Reid's name was his membership number for the American…

This first day cover's cachet features Raphael's portrait of Dante from the artist's fresco Disputation of the Holy Sacrament in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City (reversed from the original). Below the portrait is text as follows: "Dante / VII…

The textual cachet on this envelope addressed to Wilbur K. Smith of York, Pennsylvania, may have been printed by Smith himself. The vertically-oriented text ("Dante Alighieri / 700th ANNIVERSARY") is letterpress printed in reddish-gray and maroon.

This first day cover's cachet is a later (before July 12, 2010) add-on printed with an inkjet printer.

The typed cachet on this first day cover addressed to Linda Challand may have been created by Challand herself.

This first day cover's cachet is a later (before May 7, 2010) add-on, printed with an inkjet printer. The image is a detail from a famous cigar label from around 1900.

The cachet on this first day cover features the portrait of Dante in Raphael's fresco Disputation of the Holy Sacrament in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City as well as Sandro Botticelli's illustration to Inferno 1 found in a manuscript in the…

The cachet on this first day cover features a large portrait of Dante between two smaller illustrations by Gustave Doré. The illustration on the left is "Arachne" from Purgatorio 12:43–44. The other is "Charon and the River Acheron"…

This first day cover was issued by Deutsche Post, the postal service of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). The cachet consists of an embossed, double-line oval surrounding the embossed text "Deutsche / Post". A post horn is printed in…

The cachet on this first day cover features a line-drawing portrait of Dante and text as follows: "DANTE ALIGHIERI / VII CENTENARIO DE SU / NACIMIENTO" (Dante Alighieri, 7th centenary of his birth) and "PRIMER DIA DE EMISION." (first day of issue).…

Overseas Mailer reissued other first day covers with a modification. In the case of the Dante FDC, Overseas Mailer added a small, green, woodcut-style portrait of Dante to the Chickering-Jackson FDC. The Chickering-Jackson first day cover was…

This first day cover's hand-painted cachet features a portrait of Dante wearing a laurel wreath. The cachet is signed "SN".

This first day cover's cachet is a later (before August 23, 2013) add-on, printed with an inkjet printer. The image reproduces Sandro Botticelli's fifteenth-century portrait now in the Fondation Martin Bodmer in Cologny, Switzerland. Above the…

This first day cover features a hand-painted, add-on cachet by Kathryn O. Hayden of Salt Lake City, Utah. The cachet shows a portrait of Dante wearing a laurel wreath and facing a small, black devil. The cachet was executed in pastels and the…

The cachets on these first day covers issued by Rodia feature "The Eagle," Gustave Doré's illustration for Purgatorio 9:29–30 also found on the 130-lire San Marino Dante postage stamp of 1965. The text below the illustrations is as follows:…

These first day covers were issued by Fidacos. One cachet features an embossed portrait of Dante and the other features a portrait of Dante printed in gold.

The cachet on this first day cover reproduces a detail from Eugène Delacroix's first major painting, Dante et Virgile aux enfers (known in German as Dante und Vergil in der Unterwelt and in English as Dante and Virgil in Hell or The Barque of…

This first day cover was issued by GH.

This first day cover was issued by Hakles and features Dante's tomb in Ravenna, Italy.

The cachet on this first day cover features a right-facing portrait of Dante imposed over an open book with the title of the poet's magnum opus in German and Italian: "Die Göttliche Komödie (DIVINA COMMEDIA)".On the envelopes flap is the following…

This first day cover was issued by E-B-Verlag Erich Braun of Berlin, Germany. The cachet features a portrait of Dante above an open book on the pages of which is the following text: on the left: "DIVINA / COMMEDIA"; and on the right: "DIE /…

These first day covers were issued by Capitolium (no. 81) in blue and purple. The cachets are reminiscent of Sandro Botticelli's illustrations for Inferno 19 showing the souls of simonists in the third bolgia (ditch) of the eighth circle of hell,…

This first day cover was issued by Prestige of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The cachet is a black and white halftone image in reverse of Douglas W. Gorsline's design for the United States Dante commemorative stamp of 1965. The envelope holds a folded…

This first day cover was probably issued by Centennial. The poet's name is misspelled "Danti".

These first day covers were issued by Filagrano. Both cachets feature the same design showing Dante with a globe and stack of books, however the "Gold" series cachet is printed on a small sheet of rayon that is affixed to the envelope within a…

This first day cover was issued by Roma-Luxor (IT. 458). The cachet shows a photographic reproduction of the Naples Bust of Dante within a gold-embossed circle with the phrase "SOCIETA DANTE ALIGHIERI CENTENARIO DELLA FONDAZIONE" (Dante Alighieri…

This uncacheted first day cover was postmarked in Foligno on November 23, 1972. It was owned by Floriano Ornaghi, the Italian philatelist and expert in mechanical cancellations, whose name appears stamped in blue ink.

These first day covers were issued by Filagrano. The "Gold" series cachet is printed on a small sheet of rayon that is affixed to the envelope within a printed blue-green frame with "ITALIA" at the top. On the cachet itself is text as follows: "Vo…

This first day cover was issued by Venetia (333/It.). The cachet features a portrait of Dante in a modern style, executed in green with text in blue: over the portrait: "DIVI / NACO / MME / DIA."; and above the portrait: "primo giorno di emissione"…

These first day covers were issued by Filagrano. One cachet features Gustave Doré's illustration for Paradiso 14:103-105, "The Cross." Surrounding the cachet is text as follows: vertically, on the left: "first day cover"; at the top: "REPUBBLICA…

This first day cover was issued by Roma (It. 93-a). The cachet features a portrait of Dante based on the portrait in Raphael's fresco painting The Parnassus. Below the portrait is text as follows: "Dante / VII Centenario della nascita" (7th centenary…

This first day cover was issued by Sole (7). The cachet, signed "Berá", shows Dante looking at Ulysses (Odysseus) and Diomedes in flames, a scene from Inferno 26. Below the image is a quotation from Inferno 26:118–120: "Considerate la vostra…

This first day cover was issued by Tre Stelle. The cachet shows a colorized reproduction of the first page of Inferno from the Divina commedia printed in 1487 in Brescia by Bonino de Boninis. Below the image is text as follows: "Dante Alighieri /…

These first day covers were issued by Venetia (nos. 223/It. and 223-2/It.).The cachet on 223/It. features a portrait of Dante in a modern style with text as follows: vertically, on the left: "DANTE ALIGHIERI"; and at the top: "PRIMO GIORNO DI…

These three first day covers were issued by the Monaco Office des Émissions de Timbres-Poste to accompany the three postage stamps issued to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of a branch of the Società Dante Alighieri in the…

These first day covers were issued for the Fédération des organisations sociales des Postes telégrammes et télécommunications des Alpes-Maritimes. The issuer is not indicated but the cachets match the design of the Philatélie Péchitch FDCs…

These first day covers were issued by Philatélie Péchitch. The cachets are drawn after the designs on the stamps and have text as follows: at the top: "MONACO"; and at the bottom: "VIIe CENTENAIRE DE LA NAISSANCE / DE DANTE ALIGHIERI" (7th…

This first day cover was issued by P.A.C. The cachet features a portrait of Dante based on Giotto's portrait of the poet over a medieval style letter "D". Above the image is "FIRST DAY COVER - PREMIER JOUR D'ÉMISSION" and below is "DANTE – VIIe…

The issuer of these first day covers is not indicated but the cachets are all of similar design and the phrases on each FDC are the same and set in the same fonts.One cachet is signed "R. GÉNDT" in the lower right corner and depicts a montage of…

These first day covers were issued by ALA (nos. 109 and 110). The cachets show Gustave Doré's illustration from Inferno 3:82–84, "Charon and the River Acheron," with the artist's portrait of Dante printed over part of the illustration. Below the…

These first day covers were issued by Capitolium (nos. 49 and V. 46/a).The cachet for no. 49 shows a montage of the four illustrations by Gustave Doré used on the San Marino Dante stamps of 1965. The illustrations are as follows: portrait of…

These first day covers were issued by F.A.I.P. (no. 127). The cachets repeat images found on the San Marino Dante stamps of 1965, themselves reproductions of illustrations by Gustave Doré. One cachet features Doré's portrait of Dante and the other…

These first day covers were issued by Venetia (nos. 90-1/SM and 90-2/SM).The cachet on 90-1/SM features a portrait of Charon from Gustave Doré's illustration "Charon and the River Acheron" from Inferno 3:82–84 with text as follows: at the top:…

These first day covers have the same cachet created by Renato Volpini featuring a portrait of Dante within a frame. Below the portrait is a banner with the following text from Purgatorio 1:71: "LIBERTÀ VA / CERCANDO / CH'E SÌ CARA ...." (He is…

This first day cover was issued by ALA (no. 70). The cachet shows the portrait of Dante in Raphael's fresco Disputation of the Holy Sacrament in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. This is overprinted with Sandro Botticelli's illustration…

These first day covers were issued by Capitolium (nos. V. 46 and V. 46/a).The cachet for no. V. 46 shows Dante and Beatrice in heaven. In the upper right corner is "1265 / 1965" and at the bottom is the following text: "VII CENTENARIO DELLA NASCITA /…

This first day cover was issued by Filagrano. The cachet shows a full-length portrait of Dante holding a book on which is written the text of Paradiso 1:1–2: "La gloria di colui che tutto muove / per l'universo penetra e risplende" (The glory of…

This first day cover likely was issued by Stampa Filatelica. The cachet features a reproduction of an anonymous miniature portrait of Dante from a fifteenth-century manuscript (MS Riccardiano 1040) now in the Biblioteca Riccardiana in Florence,…

These first day covers were issued by KimCover (nos. 13 and 39/A). Both covers use the same cachet, a version of Sandro Botticelli's illustration of Dante and Beatrice in the heaven of Mercury from Paradiso 6 found in a manuscript volume in the…

These first day covers were issued by Re.Ru. The cachets feature Giotto's portrait of Dante, reversed from the original, surrounded by a decorative frame. Below the portrait is "DANTE ALIGHIERI / 1265 - 1321".

These first day covers were issued by Rodia. One cachet features Sandro Botticelli's illustration of Dante and Beatrice in the heaven of the moon from Paradiso 3 found in a manuscript volume in the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin known as MS…

This first day cover was issued by Roma (Vat. 49). The cachet features Raphael's portrait of Dante from the artist's fresco Disputation of the Holy Sacrament in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. The cachet is signed "D. NIZZI" in the area of…

This first day cover was issued by Tre Stelle. The cachet features Raphael's portrait of Dante from the artist's fresco Disputation of the Holy Sacrament in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. Below the portrait is text as follows: "RAFFAELLO.…

These first day covers were issued by Venetia (nos. 87-1/V and 87-2/V).The cachet on 87-1/V features a modern interpretation of Raphael's portrait of Dante from the artist's fresco Disputation of the Holy Sacrament in the Apostolic Palace in…

This first day cover's hand-painted cachet by Nino Masiello da Ercole echoes the 2011 Italy commemorative stamp designed by Gaetano Ieluzzo. The cachet reproduces the 1965 500-lire Italy Dante stamp, the subject of which is the Naples Bust of the…

This first day cover's hand-painted cachet by Nino Masiello da Ercole depicts a scene from Paradiso 24 in which St. Peter interrogates Dante—accompanied by Beatrice—about the poet's faith. The scene is taken from a miniature by Giovanni di…

The hand-painted cachets by Nino Masiello da Ercole on these first day covers each reproduce a different common portrait of Dante: one is based on the Naples Bust and the other is based on Gustave Doré's portrait of the poet. Below both cachets is…

The cachet on this first day cover features a woodcut-style portrait of Dante printed in yellow. Above the portrait is "Ersttagsbrief" (first day cover) and below is "Dante Alighieri".

The cachet on this first day cover features a portrait of Dante printed in green. Above the portrait is "ERSTTAGSBRIEF · FIRST DAY COVER" and below is "DANTE / ALIGHIERI / 1265-1321".

This first day cover was issued by Siligato. The cachet features Raphael's portrait of Dante (reversed from the original) from the artist's fresco Disputation of the Holy Sacrament in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. The portrait is framed by a…

This first day cover's hand-painted cachet by Bernard Goldberg depicts Dante, crowned with a laurel wreath, against a purple and green background. Beside the cachet is calligraphic text as follows: "Dante / Alighieri / ~1265~1321~ / 'The Divine…

This first day cover's add-on cachet was hand-painted by Melissa Fox.

This was the first FDC issue from Lone Star Cachet.

This first day cover's cachet was hand-painted by Herman R. Maul. The cachet shows a smiling devil's head above flames representing hell. The cachet has text as follows: at the top: "DANTE ALIGHIERI / ITALIAN POET / 1265 / 1965"; and at the bottom:…

The cachets on these covers were hand-painted by Frank J. Ulrich. Multiple designs by Ulrich are known.

This first day cover, issued by the Universal Philatelic Cover Society, is identical—except for the text at the bottom—to the cover issued by K. J. Moran. The cachet features a right-facing portrait of Dante with text as follows: at the top:…

The issuer of these first day covers is not indicated but they bear a logo featuring a rooster. The covers are numbered 139 and 140. The cachet for no. 139 is by an unidentified artist and depicts a scene from the beginning of the Inferno in which…

This first day cover was issued by ALA (no. 806) and features Gustave Doré's portrait of Dante with a red overprint of a book titled "DIVINA / COMMEDIA" and a smoldering oil lamp. Below the portrait is "CENTENARIO SOCIETÀ / DANTE ALIGHIERI" (Dante…

This first day cover was issued by Capitolium (no. 683). The cachet features Raphael's portrait of Dante from the artist's fresco Disputation of the Holy Sacrament in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. Surrounding the portrait is text as follows:…

This first day cover was issued by Roma. The cachet shows a photographic reproduction of the Naples Bust of Dante within a gold-embossed frame, the left side of which is in the style of stamp perforations. Below the frame is "Centenario Fondazione…

This first day cover was issued by Bucintoro (no. 5-65). The cachet features a portrait of Dante in a modern style with text as follows: vertically, through the portrait: "DANTE ALIGHIERI"; and at the bottom: "PRIMO GIORNO DI EMISSIONE" (first day of…

These first day covers were issued by Filagrano. The "Gold" series cachet is printed on a small sheet of rayon that is affixed to the envelope within a printed gold frame with "Piazza dei Signori / Verona" at the top. The cachet shows a photographic…

This first day cover was issued by Venetia (641-2/It). The cachet features a modern representation of part of Piazza dei Signori executed in red and brown with "PIAZZA / DEI SIGNORI" at the bottom.

This first day cover was issued by the Ansaldo Dopolavoro Aziendale, Sezione Filatelica (Ansaldo Company Recreation Club, Philatelic Section). The cachet shows Dante reading a book; in the background is an unrolled scroll with text as follows: "7o…

This first day cover was issued by the Monaco Office des Timbres to accompany the postage stamp issued to celebrate the 750th anniversary of Dante's birth. The simple cachet features an outline drawing of the Prince's Palace of Monaco and "2015" in…

Poste Magistrali, the postal arm of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM), a sovereign, Roman Catholic order of chivalry. The cachet is simply the order's logo with text as follows: "Sovrano Militare Ordine Ospedaliero di San Giovanni di…

The cachet on this first day cover, issued by the Centro Filatélico del Paraguay, repeats the portraits of four famous authors from the stamps it was designed to bear.

The cachet on this first day cover features Raphael's portrait of Dante from the artist's fresco Disputation of the Holy Sacrament in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. Below the portrait is text as follows: "PRIMER DIA DE EMISIÓN / 23-11-65".

Issued by Kyrgyz Express Post. Designed by Olga Derej. Brief biography of Dante in Kyrgyz and English on back. Limited to 400 pieces.

The cachet on this first day cover features Raphael's portrait of Dante from the artist's fresco Disputation of the Holy Sacrament in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City. Above the portrait is text as follows: "VIII CENTENARIO DELLA NASCITA DI DANTE…