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    Tampa FL
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    World's Fair stamps and postal history from 1958 to 1984 only. I am especially interested in the 1964-65 NYWF

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  1. 1962 Seattle World's Fair postcards

    Thanks very much for the tip Batgurrl I have gone several times to the New York Public Library to view the archived 1964 NYWF files. And I assumed there was something similar for 1962 but hadn't started my search as of yet. Your tip saved me a bunch of time!!! I appreciate it
  2. 1962 Seattle World's Fair postcards

    Randy I know this post is WAY old but is there any chance that this list of the 1962 Seattle Fair postcards is still "out there" and available? I am just starting to work on the 1962 post cards and would appreciate the information. After moving several times in the past year from AZ to NC and now back to Tamp FL I am looking forward to being able to post a few things again. Thanks Ron Klimley
  3. Here are examples of the Continental Insurance Pavilion cachet. These covers were actually created by the Fleetwood Company who had paid $10,000 to be named the "Official Cachet Maker" for the 1964 New York World's Fair. As a result of the price paid, and the fact that Moses sought to maximize the commercial appeal of the Fair, Fleetwood created numerous commercial or advertising first day covers. The Continental Insurance covers are but one example. These are interesting because, as the "Official" producer of FDCs Fleetwood had access to copyrighted photos and drawings to use in the creation of their covers. (Other cachet makers were ostensibly prevented from using such photos or artwork.) As evidenced by this cachet which is actually a reproduction of the cover of the groundbreaking booklet produced for the pavilion. Also interesting is the fact that the first covers produced by Fleetwood did not include the © symbol which was added in the lower left corner for the later covers. Shown are the Groundbreaking Booklet, a cover without the copyright symbol and an enlargement of the lower left corner followed by a cover with the copyright symbol and an enlargement of the lower left corner.
  4. First Day Covers for the 1964-65 NYWF

    The Bureau of Engraving artists were provide with quite a few images of the Fair and structures being built. They included what they thought would be appropriate for a stamp in the essays shown. Of course as mentioned earlier Robert Moses had his own ideas, and ultimately it was really his choice which ended up on the stamp.
  5. Dorothy Knapp First Day Cover

    Absolutely Bill. Dorothy Knapp is one of the most recognizable and sought after first day cover artists and is a member of the First Day Cover Hall of Fame. She is the subject of a recently published book on here covers and her career as a cachet painter. I was happy to provide the image of this cover and the HemisFair cover, both of which are in my exhibits, to the author for inclusion in that book.
  6. I "specialize" in first day covers from the Fairs/Expos of the 1960's for the most part. Here is a very scarce (one known) hand drawn hand colored first day cover for HemisFair 1968.
  7. I "specialize" in first day covers from the Fairs/Expos of the 1960's for the most part. Here is a very scarce (one of three known with only two in this color) hand drawn hand colored first day cover for the Seattle World's Fair of 1962.
  8. Dexter Press, Inc.

    Thanks Craig I will do that. Ron
  9. First Day Covers for the 1964-65 NYWF

    Hello Jim and thanks for looking The red stamped envelope can be found in the Scott catalogue where it is catalogue number U546. There were 145,700,000 of the commemorative stamp issued and 50,000,000 of the commemorative stamped envelope issued. (For comparison the Kennedy Memorial commemorative stamp issued about a month later had a quantity issued of 511,750,000.) It is still possible to obtain first day covers not only from the issuing location but also from the Philatelic Fulfillment office location in Kansas City. (Though most typically obtain their first day covers from dealers as it is much easier of course.) Both stamps and stamped envelopes are issued as definitive or commemoratives. As the name implies a commemorative is intended to publicize or honor an event or person. The first United States commemorative stamps were issued in 1893 for the Columbian Exposition and coincidentally there were also commemorative stamped envelopes issued for that Expo as well. As part of my research into the 1964 World's Fair issue I have obtained not only copies of the post office files relating to the issue, but also I studied the relevant files from the 1964 World's Fair corporation records at the New York Public Library. That's where I was able to piece together what I think is the interesting story about how and why the 1964 stamp and envelope were issued. A second interesting point is that Moses insisted that the main structural element of the Fair (either the Unisphere or the Rocket Thrower statue appear on the issues. The Post Office department was willing to accommodate Moses' requests because they wanted to ensure that they were able to include their Pavilion at the Fair. They wanted to use their Pavilion at the Fair to publicize their new delivery innovation which was the Zip Code. Below are a series of four photos of essays which were completed by the Post Office Department for the stamp. These are scarce and are the only set of four known in private hands and I believe they originally belonged to Robert J. Jones who is credited with the design of the stamp. Ultimately these designs were rejected and the stamp is actually based on artwork completed in 1962 by artist John Wenrich.
  10. First Day Covers for the 1964-65 NYWF

    Two more first day covers created by Ralph Dyer. These of course were created specifically for the commemorative stamp. The example with the rainbow color background highlighting the text is one of a kind and is originally form the personal collection of Dyer. This design was also used by Dyer for his first day cover of the 1939 New York World Fair issue. The allegorical figure remains the same on both cachets, however here of course Dyer included the Unisphere while on the 1939 cover he used the Trylon & Perisphere.
  11. Commemorative Stamp with no color

    This was the discovery copy of this particular stamp making it a one-of-a-kind stamp. As to value it is difficult to say because I can find no mention of this stamp as ever having been auctioned or sold prior to my acquiring it. I can say though that for me given that it is the only one and is a significant part of my exhibit of this particular stamp for me it is "priceless."
  12. Dexter Press, Inc.

    I am just beginning to collect the 1964 NYWF postcards and notice several references in this thread to lists or catalogues of the postcards issued for the Fair. (Apparently created by several folks.) I know of course there are numerous Dexter cards, cards by other manufacturers, and the cards issued specifically for Pavilions or businesses. I think I heard once there were over 600 different cards but I suspect the number is higher than that, espe4cially if one includes the variations between straight edge and scalloped edge and other varieties. Is there a comprehensive list of the cards created for the Fair and if so how may I obtain/purchase a copy? I would love to know what's "out there" as I begin my search. Thanks Ron Klimley
  13. First Day Covers for the 1964-65 NYWF

    Exactly right Randy, the red stamp is the stamped envelope issued to commemorate the Fair. Robert Moses was insistent that commemorative stamps be sold to publicize the Fair. He also insisted that they be available for sale over the Post Office counter for BOTH years that the Fair was scheduled to be open. This was a problem for the Post Office Department because commemorative stamps were typically only available for a short time, until they were replaced by the next commemorative stamp to be issued. The Post Office Department solved this "problem" by issuing one stamp and the commemorative stamped envelope which did remain on sale for the entire two year run of the Fair. Here are three interesting items of the stamped envelope. From left is simply a blow up of the "stamp" which is printed on the envelope. Next is a blow up of an "albino" impression of the "stamp." And last is an illegal use of the "stamp." The stamped envelope was never issued in a large number 10 sized envelope. Here someone cut the "stamp" from the small envelope and pasted it onto this larger envelope and sent it through the mail. This was actually forbidden by the Post Office and should not have been allowed.
  14. Commemorative Stamp with no color

    When a stamp is issued with all color missing it is referred to as an "albino" and this is the only known albino example of the World's Fair commemorative. This stamp is in my first day cover exhibit of the stamp. As can be seen in the scan the "embossing" of the design is evident but there is no color.
  15. I am a long time collector of the stamps, first day covers, and postal history of both the commemorative stamp and stamped envelope which were issued to publicize the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. I posted here quite some time ago with the intent to show a few of the more interesting items from my collection/exhibit. A change in career and location put that on hold but I would like to begin and I have added a couple of covers to this post. As time allows I will also add what I know of the stamp and how it was designed and issued. Much of the information will come from my philatelic exhibit which is online in several places such as the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors web site which actually includes several examples of both exhibits as they have changed over the years. Incidentally I am always interested in hearing from other collectors of the stamps and postal history of the Fair. From left to right are hand drawn/hand colored covers by Frank J. Ulrich, Herman Maul, and Ralph Dyer. Unlike the mass produced first day covers more often seen, these were typically created by the artist in numbers fewer than 20 total.