For sale is two different 1960s era FIRST DAY COVER STAMPS with a PUBLIC SERVICE theme. Both envelopes are in good condition but have minor condition issues as seen in the photos. Both envelopes have a typed mailing address. Take both for $10.
One envelope includes a 10 cent stamp honoring the Golden Anniversary (50th) of US AIR MAIL SERVICE which was stamped on May 15, 1965 on the FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. The envelope was postmarked in Washington, DC and mailed to Washington, DC.
The second envelope includes a 6 cent stamp saluting the GUARDIANS OF LAW & ORDER and was stamped on May 17, Aug 29, 1966 on the FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. The envelope was postmarked in Washington, DC and mailed all the way to Washington, DC. Great reminder of the important service provided by our municipal police officers.
A first day cover (FDC) is a stamped envelope, postal card or other postal material that was processed at the post office or off-site, receiving a cancellation that states "First Day of Issue" or something similar. Depending on the postal authority there may be a ceremony to commemorate the first day of issue. While it was once true that all FDCs were cancelled on the actual day of issue of the stamp, this has not been the case for many years because large quantities of FDCs are routinely now canceled by the post office in bulk, often weeks or more after the first day of issue.
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