This site is about Canadian postal First Day Cover collecting. The emphasis is on the collecting and cataloguing of Canadian First Day covers.

What a collector wants is a complete catalogue of all covers, detailing everything known from origins, to production including such things as quantities produced and current pricing. This does not exist and quite frankly, if it did there would not be as much interest in the hobby. What the hobbyist wants is a way to find out what is known and to add to the body of knowledge.

The purpose of this site is to present a single source for information about Canadian First Day Covers. This covers quite a bit of ground so it has been organized as follows.

You can follow what's new in Blogs in which members can post their own information about up-coming and recent events such as stamp shows, auctions or acquisitions. I will be using the admin blog to post information about changes to this site, although teasers should show up below.

Covers provides information about Canadian First Day Covers. This collection of articles, catalogues and links deal with covers and cachets and their makers and history.

Collecting contains the material regarding collecting and collections without reference to particular covers. This is the place we provide links to retailers, auctions sites and member offers.

Gallery has pictures of covers and images related to covers. Each member is provided with their own sub-album in the Members album, while more collaborative and organized collections are provided in their own albums. Weekly updates are provided in a list of Gallery Updates.

Discussion is your chance to ask a question. Or to answer one.

About Us tells you more about the site and the people behind it. If you are interested in getting involved, this is where you can find out about how you can help.

There is no requirement to register if you wish to browse. We welcome your comments and suggestions on any of the material presented.

The July to September 2019 issue #40 of First Impressions is now available

Articles in this issue include a history of Allard Brophey - one of the more important early collectors of Canadian FDCs. Gary Dickinson contributes an interesting article on an Eppstadt cover that surfaced fifty years after the originals. Finally, an informative discovery by Russell Smith that explains the reason for Artcraft having two varieties of their cachet for the 1953 Karsh definitive issue.

The April to June 2019 issue #39 of First Impressions is now available

In this issue, there is a lead article from new contributor Norbert Hobrath, a collector who specializes in Confederation issues describing a really interesting early use of the issue. John van der Ven continues his prolific philatelic efforts with an article on a very (apparently) short lived cachet maker and his accompanying research.

The January to March 2019 issue #38 of First Impressions is now available

In this first issue under new editor George Basher, John van der Ven has a terrific article regarding the hand painted FDCs of Ralph Dyer. John did extensive research on this gifted artist whose work spans nearly 50 years. Gary Belyea adds to the knowledge base for storage of FDCs, and Gary Dickinson has an interesting article about FDCs currently being produced by 3Angry Cats at Carrying Place.

Finally, member Ken Thibault has a question for the group regarding Softones cachets.

The October to December 2018 issue #37 of First Impressions is now available

The lead article in this issue describes the cachets for Canadian FDCs produced by Oregon residents Al and Arlene Van Dahl. Few cachets were more ubiquitous during the 1950s and 1960s, but they haven’t been subjects of much study to this point. Some collectors may now find them worthy of a closer look.

The July to September 2018 issue #36 of First Impressions is now available

The first and last articles in this issue foretell some gloomy endings for first day cover collectors and postage stamps. I would appreciate receiving comments on the “extinct species” piece and will use some, either anonymous or attributed as you would prefer, in the next issue. I’d also appreciate your thoughts on the “collect and store” item.

The April to June 2018 issue #35 of First Impressions is now available

The four main articles in this issue examine different aspects of the products of four makers of Canadian FDC cachets ranging from the very familiar to the almost unknown. Leading off is George Basher’s exploration of the origins of Caneco cachets followed by Gary Dickinson’s review of the general purpose cachets produced by the U.S. firm Artopages for Canadian stamp issues.

The January to March 2018 issue #34 of First Impressions is now available

The winter issue leads off with an article by faithful contributor John van der Ven which examines the day of issue cachets for Canadian stamps produced by the much-revered American artist Dorothy Knapp. Although the numbers were very small, the products were spectacular and most are shown here in full size. Later on in the issue John looks at the FDCs produced by the Canada Envelope Company for itself and other firms.

The October to December 2017 issue #33 of First Impressions is now available

The call for submissions for this issue was answered by four members within 24 hours of my e-mail message to all of you. As a result we have eight items in the content of this issue. Please keep them coming!

The July to September 2017 issue #32 of First Impressions is now available

In this issue, John van der Ven shares another of his cachet-maker discoveries in this issue with an article on J.W. Snowball of Toronto and Donald Leblanc continues his examination of Royal Visit covers, this time with several unearthed gems from Newfoundland. A first-person story about S.K.

The April to June 2017 issue of First Impressions is now available

This issue includes a greater than usual number of articles and short notes, and provides
additional information about two articles from previous issues (Regina cachet maker, Cole
Christmas Covers) and introductions to two previously unreported cachet makers (L.J.B. and
Albert Luiszer). There are also brief descriptions and scans sent to us by Ken Thibault, Peter
McCarthy, and Rob McGuinness. It’s a pleasure to receive such wide-ranging material for the

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