First Day Cover - United States - 1982 - Ranto


First Day Cover - United States - 1982 - Ranto


First Day Cover


United States

Date Issued



Beginning in the 1960s, prolific collector and cachet maker John Ranto of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, produced first day covers made from postal bulletins and display posters. According to online sales descriptions by Trenton Stamp and Coin, "these covers were created by hand folding US Postal Service bulletins into a standard FDC size and then applying the current issue for the cover in addition to related combination stamps. He cleverly crafted these covers into mostly one-of-a-kind cachets or productions. In the beginning, Mr. Ranto created these covers for his personal collection, but as he enjoyed the process, he did start to create extras that he would trade or sell. Each of his covers is normally signed or intialed on the reverse side, and also coded, but not in every case."

For the 1982 America's Libraries commemorative stamp (Scott no. 2015), Ranto created a series of covers featuring famous authors. One of the authors chosen was Dante and Ranto used the U.S. Post Office Department poster from the 1965 Dante commemorative issue to make the folded cover.


90 × 163 mm

Bibliographic Citation

Scott no. 2015


Ranto, John
United States Government Printing Office (Washington, D.C.)
United States Post Office Department (Washington, D.C.)