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1964.NYWF.STAMPS posted a topic in Collecting the FairHere 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.
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.
1964.NYWF.STAMPS posted a topic in 1962, Seattle, United States - Century 21 ExpositionI "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.