Stamp collecting is the Granddaddy of collecting and within the stamp collecting universe, there are lots of sub-categories. One of these is postally used envelopes, or covers as they are known in stamp fan circles. There are, of course, different types of covers that are collected. First Day covers are envelopes that are often specially produced with artwork on and are to used in conjunction with a new issue of stamps. The new stamps are stuck onto the envelope and then posted with the postmark showing the correct day of release.
Other specially designed artwork covers are also used to commemorate special events or occasions and may have unique postmarks to cancel the stamps as well. However, I prefer regular use envelopes that have been used for posting normal stuff like letters or bills. I do try to look for something a bit unusual though. It may be a slogan postmark or posted from an unusual place or posted to a famous person. Here are some from my collection:
- Posted in 1919 from Ohio, USA to the Pope in the Vatican.
- From 1930, A nicely printed cover from a Dairy in Wisconsin.
- Dated 1941 from California to Scotland and opened by the Censor and resealed.
- A Commemorative cover from US Navy Operation Deep Freeze. Posted in Antarctica in 1956.
- This cover was posted in 1928 onboard the S.S. Aquitania, hence the ships mark on the cover.
- Posted in 1909, a black edged ‘mourning’ cover which were used to announce a death or to send letters of sympathy.