FDC Specialist - Vol. 1, No. 3 - September 1984


On August 21st, I received the following Newsletter from Mr. Stephen Rosenbloom:


It is with sadness that I inform you that my father, Norman Rosenbloom, passed away suddenly on May 27th.

My father's love for philately grew from, stamp collecting as a child, to personnally processing first day covers for friends in the early 50's, to later producing his own cachet.

It is with regret that the operation ceases its existance at his passing.

Stephen Rosenbloom

As I write you, I have been advised of a project underway in tracing the history and evolution of first day covers in Canada, conducted by Mr. Marcel Cool to be published as a book. He is currently looking for details on NR Covers, Rosecraft, etc, and the people behind them. Please feel free to write Mr. Cool with any data that would be of assistance.

Thank you for your past support.


Mr. Norman Rosenbloom began producing cacheted first day covers on a commercial scale on May 3, 1974 for Scott #633 8¢ Centenary of Winnipeg. He produced covers for each stamp issue since that date until he passed away. He will surely be missed but, dearly remembered by all first day cover collectors.

Since I have not received any comments on the numbering system proposed on page 5 of the last edition, I would assume that this system would be acceptable. I have therefore listed below a preliminary code list which will be updated as more cachet makers are identified:

AC = Artcraft GE = George Eppstadt
AM = Artmaster GH = Gorham
AP = Artopages HC = House of Commons
AR = A.C. Roessler HE = H & E
BH = Beverly Hills HF = Hayford
BN = Bob of the Northland HO = Hoechst
CC = Capital City HS = Hamilton Philatelic Society
CE = Caneco Envelopes JC = JCR
CJ = Chickering & Jackson MT = Monsieur Timbres
CL = Colorano NR =NR NR Covers
CO = Cole PR = Price & Co.
CP = Canada Post PS = Philatelic Supply Co
CS = Canadian Philatelic Society RC = RoseCraft
DO = Dome SB = Smith / Bate
EH = Edward Hacker SC = Schering Corp.
EM = Elliott-Marion SE = Senate of Canada
FH = F. Herget WS = Winnipeg Philatelic Society
FW = Fleetwood


Readers are requested to submit copies of cachets which have not been named above. If the cachet does not bear the name of the maker, please advise the source for the identification of the maker. Anyone possessing information on any cachet maker for Canadian stamps is also asked to submit this information or, better still, to write an article for the journal on this maker.


Dear Marcel,
Thus far I have restricted my collection to unaddressed covers, wherever possible. I realize, however, that older unaddressed FDC's are not available and I am wondering at what point in time does this become the case? I have the peace issue of 1946 on unaddressed covers, but have not seen earlier issues in this condition. Any help you could give me would be appreciated.

All the best,
Don Anderson
Wilmot, P.E.I.

Dear Don,
I have seen unaddressed cacheted FDC's dating back to 1935 and some may exist prior to this. This issue reminds me a little bit of the Never Hinged debate on mint postage stamps. I have never felt ill-at-ease about displaying my addressed FDC's nor my uncacheted covers. This question has been asked several times by knowledgeable philatelists and novices alike and in all fairness I will answer by giving the following guidelines.

PRIOR TO 1937: Addressed covers are standard and collectors usually prefer beautiful handwriting or typewritten addresses. Scribbled addresses are definitely worthwhile but less desireable.

1937 to 1948 : Pencil addresses usually command a premium as they can be erased. Poorly addressed covers are less desireable but, I would definitely not refuse them.

1949 to 1957 : Unaddressed covers for this period command a premium. Pencil addresses or addresses on a removeable label is acceptable. As the number of Canadian FDC's issued in this period is still quite limited, addressed covers are still in demand.

1958 to 1970 : The peak period of FDC collecting in Canada saw the production of several hundred thousand covers by a multitude of cachet makers. Many people still had their prize covers serviced by Canada Post and were therefore addressed. More and more dealers were now stocking commercially available FDC's for those who had missed an issue or the new collector. These latter covers were usually unaddressed. Pencil addressed covers for this period are acceptable. Covers addressed in ink or typewritten usually sell for about 70% of catalogue value.

1971 to date : Unaddressed covers are the norm. Addressed covers are definitely less desireable at the moment.


Questions from readers are always welcome and will always receive an answer. I have already answered several inquiries and I will select some of the questions of general interest to all the readers for inclusion in the journal. Your comments and views are always welcome. We are all pioneers in this field of philately in Canada and I would not want my own opinions to be the sole guidelines to the great future of this hobby.


The following additions are to be made to the items listed on page 7 of the August journal:

06 16 71 v2-536 60 Maple in Summer

I have found a cover on which the Official cancel runs across the cachet, rather than the stamps. Obviously, this human error was caused by the machine operator who fed the envelope upside-down. Since it is the only cover of this type I have seen, I will not attempt to price it.

06 30 71 543 7¢ Transportation

This stamp was also issued with Winnipeg Tagging but has not been seen on Canada Post Cachet.

10 06 71 554v 6¢ Snowflake (Plain paper)

This variety has been reported by Maurice Malenfant who also sent a color photograph taken under U.V. light, therefore proving the existence of this variety on Canada Post cachet. Prices are double of the prices quoted for the regular issue.


Day of issue M D Y Scott Cat.No. Description Single Pair Bl.of 4 PL.BL.
10 20 71 558 7¢ Pierre Laporte 1.10 1.30 1.70 1.75
11 19 71 538 7¢ Maple in Winter 1.10 1.25 1.60 1.65
12 30 71 544 8¢ Parliament Library 1.10 1.20 1.50 1.60*
* Both plates 1 and 2 are available on cover for this issue.
12 30 71 544p 8¢ Parliament Library, Gen.Tag 1.15 1.25 1.60 1.75
03 01 72 559 8¢ Figure Skating 1.10 1.30 1.70 1.80
03 17 72 600 $1. Vancouver 11.25 21.50 42.50 46.50
03 17 72 600v1 $1. Vancouver, $ sign flaw 19.50 38.00 60.00
03 17 72 600v2 $1. Vancouver, Dot after post 29.00 48.00 60.00
The $ flaw variety occurs on the first four stamps of the fifth horizontal row of the sheet. The second stamp on this row also has a dot after the word "poster". The price quoted for a pair of vl may contain 2 stamps with the variety or, 1 stamp with the variety and 1 normal stamp. The price for a block of 4 is for either 1 or 2 stamps with the variety. The price for a pair of v2 will contain one vl and one v2. The price for a block of 4 of v2 will contain 1 x vl, 1 x v2 and 2 normal stamps.
03 17 72 601 $2. Quebec 12.25 23.75 46.50 51.00
03 17 72 600-1 Set on cover 23.50 - - -
03 17 72 600v1+601 Set on cover 32.50 - - -
03 17 72 600v2+601 Set on cover 43.00 - - -
04 07 72 560 8¢ World Health Day 1.20 1.40 1.90 2.00
04 07 72 560a 8¢ World Health Day (plain) 2.60 4.30 7.75 8.40
04 07 72 560p 8¢ World Health Day (Gen. Tag) 2.10 3.30 5.75 6.20
04 07 72 560ap 8¢ World Health Day(Tag + Plain) 4.70 8.50 16.00 17.50
The above stamp was printed on both plain and fluorescent paper, the plain paper being the rarest.
05 17 72 561 8¢ Frontenac 1.15 1.35 1.80 1.90
05 17 72 561p 8¢ Frontenac (Gen. Tag) 1.85 2.75 4.60 5.00

CP558 7¢ Pierre Laporte stamp was designed by George Gunderson. 22,790M stamps were printed by the British American Bank Note Co. and issued Oct. 20, 1971.

CP538 The last in the series depicting the Maple leaf in Winter. 26,000M
stamps were printed by Ashton-Potter and issued Nov. 19, 1971.

CP544 8¢ definitive issue necessitated by a postal rate increase effective January 1, 1972. The stamps were designed and printed by the British American Bank Note Co. and issued Dec. 30, 1971.

CP559 Issued on March let 1972 to commemorate the 1972 World Figure Skating Championships held from March 6 to March 12 in Calgary,, Alberta. The stamp was designed by Design Workshop and a quantity of 25,300M were printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company.

CF600-1 Designed by Reinhard Derreth, these two high-value definitive stamps were printed by two security printers. The British American Bank Note Co. supplied the steel engraving and Ashton-Potter printed the lithographic portions.The stamps were issued March 17, 1972.

CP560 Issued April 7, 1972 to commemorate World Health Day, this stamp was designed by Joyce Wieland and a quantity of 23,400M were printed by the British American Bank Note Co.

CP561 Issued to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac et de Palluau, Governor-General of New France. The stamp design by Laurent Marquart is based on a statue of Frontenac by Philippe Hebert, with a sketch of Fort Saint-Louis in the background. The stamp designer's name is misspelled on the plate blocks "Marquard" instead of Marquart. A quantity of 22,700M stamps were printed by the British American Bank Note Co. and issued May 17, 1972.


I wish to thank all those who have responded generously to my plea for photocopies of covers prior to l937. These will be used in future articles to illustrate some of the classic material available for this era.

Maurice Malenfant has once again supplied the copies for the following Eppstadt covers. I am sure you all join with me in thanking him for sharing classic material with us.

A beautiful block of 4 of Scott #141 postmarked Maxville. Ont.

Scott #142 postmarked Toronto Ont. Postal Terminal A with slogan cancel OPEN AIR HORSE PARADE JULY FIRST TORONTO, Proulx A 6730.

Scott #142 tied by Ottawa Ont. Flag Cancel "DIAMOND JUBILEE OF CONFEDERATION': 1867-1927" Proulx #2500 plus Scott #E3 tied by Maxville, Ont. C?S. Both postmarks are dated June 29, 1927.

Scott #145 on registered cover from Edmonton, Alta.