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First Day Cover - United States - 1965 - Kraft

Title

First Day Cover - United States - 1965 - Kraft

Type

First Day Cover

Coverage

United States

Date Issued

1965-07-17

Description

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 devil and souls in hell next to the phrases "HE GLORIFIED HELL!" and "DANTE 1265–1321". The third is similar to the others and shows the same portrait of Dante with devil and souls, red flames, and a skull; it also has the phrases "HE GLORIFIED HELL!", "BORN 1265 – DIED 1321", and "DANTE". Each envelope is signed by the artist along the bottom edge.

Extent

93 × 166 mm (red background)
93 × 166 mm (yellow background)

Contributor

Ben Kraft

Language

English