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Promoted item:2 Air Mail Special Delivery Covers 1928 1931 non-philatelic SD - NY,LA - Pa RPO

2 Air Mail Special Delivery Covers 1928 1931 non-philatelic SD - NY,LA - Pa RPO

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About Philatelic Cover

Philatelic covers, otherwise known as first day issue stamps, commemorate the launching of new postal issuances. A famous recent, first day philatelic cover launching took place in 1981 to celebrate the marriage of the British Royals, Princess Diana and Prince Charles. First-day philatelic covers celebrate cities and heroes as much as they do stamps. Governments occasionally link the release of stamps with national holidays.Philatelic collectors enjoy gathering first day cover stamps for their rarity and historical uniqueness. For instance, the Franklin one cent stamp flourished in the United States from 1903 to 1905, when the post office printed over 11 billion copies. However, only a few thousand Franklin one cent first day covers still exist. Discovering historical covers can be an exhilarating experience, and some philatelists go as far as to visit cities or post offices to acquire first day covers as they are released. Philatelists sometimes use another metric to describe a stamp's journey through history. Called ''earliest known use,'' or EKU, this metric describes the first known implementation of a stamp in actual correspondence. Occasionally, the difference between EKU and FDC (first day cover) can be as much as a month, owing to bureaucratic problems at local post offices.The United States Post Office announces its stamp rollouts way in advance, so as to give philatelists the opportunity to develop strategies to collect first day covers. If you cultivate a good network of stamp collecting friends, you can entrust a proxy to buy first day covers for you at a discount. You should check all FDCs for counterfeits, however, particularly when examining pre-1950 releases.