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Westminster California is a city in Orange County. It was founded in 1870 by Rev. Lemuel Webber as a Presbyterian temperance colony. Its name is taken from the Westminster Assembly of 1643, which laid out the basic tenets of the Presbyterian faith. For several years of its early history, its farmers refused to grow grapes because they associated grapes with alcohol. A large number of Vietnamese refugees came to the city in the 1970s, settling largely in an area now officially named Little Saigon. It has a population of about 90,000 & is midway between Seal Beach & Santa Ana.
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Fleetwood (business name of Unicover Corporation of Cheyenne Wyoming) cachet fdc with large cds hand cancel. Note that "Calif" is skewed to the right under 1964, instead of centred. Westminster is not properly centred at the top either.
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Whittier California is a city in L A County about 12 miles southeast of L A. It has a population of about 86,000. Like nearby Montebello, the city constitutes part of the Gateway Cities. Whittier was incorporated in 1898, although first settled in 1887. The city is named for John Greenleaf Whittier, (a quaker poet)and is home to Whittier College. Whittier wrote a dedication poem, and is honored today with statues and a small exhibit at the Whittier museum.
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Willows California (formerly, Willow) is in Glenn County & is home to regional government offices, including the California Highway Patrol, California Department of Motor Vehicles, the United States Bureau of Reclamation & the main offices of the Mendocino National Forest. It is about 70 miles north of Sacramento. The population is around 6,200. The Willow post office opened in 1862 & the name was changed to Willows in 1916.
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Wilmington California is a district of L A, with industry as its primary economic activity. It is next to the Port of L A, San Pedro, and Harbor City. Wilmington was included in the 1784 Spanish land grant of Rancho San Pedro. & in 1858 a harbour for L A. Wilmington was known as New San Pedro from 1858 to 1863, when it became the city of Wilmington. In 1861, when the civil war began, land was given to the federal government to build a Drum Barracks to protect L A harbour from Confederate attack. L A annexed Wilmington in 1909 & now it & San Pedro form the waterfront of one of the world’s largest import/export centres. Wilmington is adjacent to the Wilmington Oil Field, discovered in 1932. The third largest oil field in the U S. There are 8 major refineries here, dating back to the original strike. In WWII the U S Military operated the L A Port of Embarkation in Wilmington, from which soldiers and sailors were sent abroad to battle zones. The California Shipbuilding Corporation, famous for building victory ships in WWII, operated in Wilmington.
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Yorba Linda California is an affluent suburban community in northeastern Orange County about 13 miles northeast of downtown Santa Ana, & 40 miles southeast of downtown L A. It is said to be the richest city in the U S with median household incomes of over $120,000, higher than any other city in the U S. The population is around 64,000. Its most famous resident was Richard Nixon, who was born here but moved away before Yorba Linda became a city. The Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum is most well-known & visited site in the city.
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These are all that I will show from California, as the others listed below are uncacheted or not from a place of note or interest. But if some one does want to see any of them please let me know:

Aptos
Aromas
Artesia
Concord
Duarte
Lynwood
Nipono
Soquel
South Gate
Stanton

What is apparent from what I have shown you so far, is that many collectors went to all the post offices near where they lived & obtained multiple postmarks for this JFK issue.

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PS Next in the words of John Denver, we are going "Rocky Mountain High" to Colorado.
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Denver Colorado is the largest city and the capital of Colorado. It has a population of around 620,000(23rd largest in US). Denver downtown is located immediately east of junction of Cherry Creek with South Platte River, about 12 miles from Rocky Mountains. Nicknamed the Mile-High City because its official elevation is one mile feet above sea level, making it one of the highest major cities in the U S. The city was founded on 22nd November 1858 (bit spooky) as a mining town during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush in west Kansas. Gold prospectors from Lawrence, Kansas, arrived & established Montana City on the banks of the South Platte River. This was the first settlement that was later to become Denver.
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Billerth capital series cachet fdc with nice "Denver 3" wavy line machine cancel. The cachet maker Bernard Billerth from Middle Village New York.
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17th Street National Bank cachet fdc cancelled with nice "Denver 3" wavy line machine cancel. I have not seen any other first day cachets prepared by the 17th Street National Bank, so I presume it was a one off given the importance of the stamp issue. The cover says that they were a gift to the banks customers but it is not clear how they were given to customers nor how many were produced.
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Cañon City Colorado is in county of Fremont about 70 miles south of Denver. The population is about 16,400 & is the location of 9 state & 4 Federal prisons. Cañon City was laid out in 1858 during the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, & the first building was built in 1860. The town was originally intended as a mining centre. In 1862, the first commercial oil well west of the Mississippi River was completed & produced kerosene and fuel oil. Metal ore smelters were built in Cañon City after discovery of gold at Cripple Creek in 1891.
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Uncacheted fdc with nice machine wavy line cancel. The addressee, Elmer Thompson, seems to have been a prolific collector of JFK fdc's in Colorado & Kansas as I have about 30 fdcs addressed to him.
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Eads Colorado is in Kiowa County & is the most populous town in that county, with a population of 609, (the County has a population of about 1,400 & is littered with Ghost towns). Eads was established in 1887 as a railroad town & was named after James Eads, an engineer with the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Originally called Dayton, it is about 120 miles south east of Denver & about 100 miles west of Dodge City.
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Uncacheted fdc with faint machine wavy line cancel. With a population of so few, one wonders why they needed a machine canceller!
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Loveland Colorado is in Larimer County & is situated 46 miles north Denver & has a population of about 67,000. The city was founded in 1877 along the newly-constructed line of the Colorado Central Railroad & named in honour of William A.H. Loveland, the president of the railroad. The town was dependent on agriculture with the main crops being sugar beets & sour cherries.
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There is contention as to whether this is a Kessler cachet or a Collins Cover Service cachet. This cover is not quite a fdc, being postmarked on June 1,1964, but it the earliest I have seen for Loveland. With May 29, 1964 being a Friday, if the Post Office was closed on the weekend, then this would be a 2nd day cover (with June 1 being a Monday). As previously explained because there usually was a first day of issue town, which was the only town that had that stamp, some did collect 2nd day covers. In any event, a nice strike of cds hand canceller.
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BigSaint wrote:Summerfield California (or is it)? I can find no definitive reference to Summerfield California. I can find Summerfield Florida & Summerfield North Carolina. The postmark of the cover is not entirely clear, but someone (wiser than me) has pencilled in California.
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I'd read the blurred lettering at the base of the cancel as "FLA" and file it under Florida :idea:

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gavin-h wrote:
BigSaint wrote:Summerfield California (or is it)? I can find no definitive reference to Summerfield California. I can find Summerfield Florida & Summerfield North Carolina. The postmark of the cover is not entirely clear, but someone (wiser than me) has pencilled in California.
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I'd read the blurred lettering at the base of the cancel as "FLA" and file it under Florida :idea:
Thank you I will make the change. If you read the postmark as Florida, then it is possible the addressee lives at Canyon Florida. I can find an article on Canyon Springs, a lifestyle village near Boynton Beach, which is 233 miles from Summerfield. The article talks about "Canyon" residents being able to go to the "Canyon Town Centre", which appears to be a shopping mall. 8)
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Olney Springs Colorado in Crowley County with a population of 389. West of the town is the Crowley County Correctional Facility, which has 1794 prisoners (more than 4 times the population of the town). The town has a total area of 0.2 square miles, so if you are driving through it, don't blink as you may miss it. It is about 120 miles south of Denver.
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Ordway Colorado is in Crowley County being the most populous town in the County with a population of 1,248. About 5700 people live in the County. The town has a total area of 0.8 square miles, again don't blink or you will miss it. It is about 120 miles south of Denver (& only 11 miles east of Olney Springs).
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Sheridan Lake is in Kiowa County with a population of just 66. The town has a total area of 0.3 square miles & is situated just north of the now dried up lake after which it was named. It is about 120 miles south east of Denver (& 78 miles east of Ordway & 35 miles south of Eads).
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Sugar City Colorado is in Crowley County with a population of 279. The town has a total area of 0.4 square miles. Sugar City was named for its sugar beet factory, which closed in 1967. It is also about 120 miles south of Denver (being 3 miles east of Ordway).
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U S Air Force Academy is a military school for officer candidates for the U S Air Force. It is about 10 miles north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado. Beginning in 1956 graduates of the Academy receive a Bachelor of Science degree, & most are commissioned as second lieutenants into the U S Air Force.
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1st Cachet of the JFK Philatelic Society (my suspicion now confirmed by Mellone Cachet Catalogue) with nice wavy line machine cancel.
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Well after California, that was a whirlwind visit to Colorado. Next it's to Connecticut. 8)
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Hartford is capital of the U.S. state of Connecticut with a population of around 125,000 making it the third-largest city after the coastal cities of Bridgeport & New Haven. Nicknamed the "Insurance Capital of the World", Hartford houses many insurance company headquarters, & insurance remains the region's major industry. Dutch explorer Adriaen Block visited the area in 1614, a trading post was set up Fort Goede Hoop (Good Hope) in 1623. The first English settlers arrived in 1635 & their settlement was originally called Newtown, but was renamed Hartford in 1637. The name "Hartford" was chosen to honour the English town of Hertford.
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Bernard Billerth State Capital Cities cachet fdc with nice machine number 7 slogan cancel "National Salvation Army Week Fourth Week In May". Bernard Billerth is from Middle Village New York.
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Hartford Connecticut
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Uncacheted fdc (addressed to Clyde Sarzin) with nice number 6 wavy line machine cancel. After previously explaining that Clyde J Sarzin affixed cachets (usually metallic) to his covers, here we have one without a cachet & no explanation to offer as to why. :?:
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Hartford Connecticut
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Centennial State Capital Series cachet with nice number 4 machine slogan cancel "Give To Mental Health Fund".
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Bridgeport Connecticut is in Fairfield County, the most populous city in the State with a population around 145.000. Originally known as Stratfield in 1701, during the American Revolution, Bridgeport was a centre of privateering & was chartered as a city in 1836. Bridgeport is on the coast & is about 40 miles south west of Hartford (& about 60 miles north east of New York City).
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As previously stated I believe this to be an add on cachet (probably not done by the addressee). This cachet is not recorded in Mellone's Catalogue of FDC's. Nice machine slogan cancel "National Salvation Army Week, Fourth Week In May".
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Clinton Connecticut is on Long Island Sound in Middlesex County, with a population of around 13,000. Clinton has one town beach named Clinton Beach. Many fishermen come to Clinton to catch bluefish. The annual Bluefish Festival is held in Clinton every summer.
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East Hampton is in Middlesex County, Connecticut with a population around 13,000. It includes the villages of Cobalt, Middle Haddam, & Lake Pocotopaug. In 1746, settlers named it after their former home of Eastham. In the 19th century, East Hampton became the centre of the manufacturing of bells, with the first factory being constructed in 1808. During this period, thirty firms were known to have built and run factories producing these bell products (giving it the nickname "Belltown"). The name "East Hampton", is confusing, since the town is approximately 30 miles southwest of Hampton. It is about 10 miles south of Hartford.
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Cornercard (where sender's name is printed on front of cover) of Charles B Roark with nice wavy line machine cancel.

Sometimes it is amazing what you can find out! "Charles B. Roark, 73, of Manchester, & formerly of Uncasville, died Friday, (June 9, 2000) at Manchester Memorial Hospital. Mr. Roark was born June 2, 1927, in Kansas City, MO, & had lived in Uncasville for many years before moving to Manchester 27 years ago. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, a member of the Manchester Army & Navy Club, the A.A.R.P. #604 & was a life member of the Mohegan Fire Company in Uncasville. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed as a deputy commissioner with the Dept. of Administrative Services for the State of Connecticut."
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A really great collection- keep them coming!

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Granby Connecticut is a town in Hartford County, about 10 miles north west of Hartford. It's population is about 11,000. The town centre is called Salmon Brook. Other areas in town include North Granby & West Granby. Granby is a rural town with a suburban centre. The outskirts of town are either very wooded & mountainous or consist of farms. The first unauthorized coins minted in the American colonies, & the first in Connecticut, were struck by Dr. Samuel Higley in 1737 from copper mined from his own mine. The coins, including the Trader's Currency Token of the Colony of Connecticut were minted in Granby. These coins were made of pure copper, which is very soft. Few of these exist today. The first coins were inscribed with a value of three pence. Later versions carried the phrase "Value me as you please."
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Kolor Kover cachet with nice machine wavy line cancel. Kolor Kover fdc's began in 1948 & are distinguished by the coloured envelopes. Different colours are used for each issue.
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North Granby Connecticut, is about 2 miles north of Granby with a population of about 2000.
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Kolor Kover cachet with nice machine wavy line cancel. Kolor Kover fdc's began in 1948 & are distinguished by the coloured envelopes. Different colours are used for each issue.
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West Granby Connecticut, is about 2 miles west of Granby with a population of about 1,200.
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Kolor Kover cachet with nice cds hand cancel. Kolor Kover fdc's began in 1948 & are distinguished by the coloured envelopes. Different colours are used for each issue.
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East Granby Connecticut is about 2 miles east of Granby with a population of about 5,000. The town celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2008.
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Kolor Kover cachet with nice machine wavy line cancel. Kolor Kover fdc's began in 1948 & are distinguished by the coloured envelopes. Different colours are used for each issue.

I have 6 different towns postmarks on Kolor Kover cachets in my JFK collection & obviously 4 of them are in the Granby area. It makes you wonder whether Kolor Kovers were also based in the area.
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Greenwich Connecticut is in Fairfield County with a population of around 61,000. It is home to many financial service companies. It is the southernmost & westernmost municipality in Connecticut, about 20 miles south west of Bridgeport & is 38 minutes by train (express) from Grand Central Station in Manhattan. At one time it was ranked 1st on the list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the U S. & ranked #1 in the "Biggest Earner" category. It is named after Greenwich, a London in the U K. It was settled in 1640 & became a town in 1665.
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Meriden Connecticut is in New Haven County with a population of about 61,000. Originally part of Wallingford, it separated in 1727, became a town in 1806, & a city in 1867. It was named after Meriden in England, & not after the Merry Den tavern. It earned the nickname "Silver City", due to the large number of cutlery & related products which were manufactured here by companies such as International Silver & Meriden Cutlery.
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Van Dahl cachet fdc with nice machine slogan cancel "Support Your Mental Health Association. Al Van Dahl (1883 - 1954) was born in Holland & emigrated to th US in 1911. His FDC design of letters encircling the globe was used for numerous US stamps up to the 70's (as well as many other countries).
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The Meriden Post Office.
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New Haven is the second largest city in Connecticut, after Bridgeport & has a population of around 130,000. It is located on New Haven Harbor on the northern shore of Long Island Sound in New Haven County. Founded in 1638 by English Puritans. It is the home of the Ivy League school Yale University. New Haven had the first public tree planting program in America, producing a canopy of mature trees (including some large elms) that gave New Haven the nickname "The Elm City".
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Southington Connecticut is in Hartford County with a population of about 43,000. It is about 20 miles southwest of Hartford, about 80 miles northeast of New York City, & 105 miles southwest of Boston. It includes the areas of Plantsville, Marion & Milldale, each of which has its own post office. Southington has the nickname of "The Apple Valley", due to the many orchards in the area.
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Stamford Connecticut is in Fairfield County with a population of about 122,000 (4th largest in the state). It is about 30 miles north east of Manhattan, & about 18 miles south west of Bridgeport. Stamford, named after a town in Lincolnshire, England, was settled around 1640. In 1692, Stamford was home to a less famous witch trial than the well known Salem witch trials. In the late 19th century, New York residents built summer homes here & some moved to Stamford permanently & started commuting to Manhattan by train. In the 1960s & 1970s, Stamford's commercial real estate boomed as corporations relocated here from New York City. A massive urban redevelopment campaign during that time resulted in many tall office buildings.
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Artcraft cachet fdc with Stamford 1A wavy line machine cancel.

Artcraft started making fdc cachets in 1939 & were the most popular. They used plain black ink engraved designs. Sometimes they had more than one design (as with this issue & I have shown two different designs which you will see back on page one under Boston).
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Waterbury Connecticut, in New Haven County, is a city 33 miles southwest of Hartford & 77 miles northeast of New York City, with a population of about 110,000 ( 5th largest in Connecticut). The original settlement of Waterbury was in 1674.

In the first half of the 20th century Waterbury was the leading centre in the U S for the manufacture of brassware & became nicknamed "Brass City" & was noted for the manufacture of watches and clocks.
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Unknown cachet fdc with nice purple cds hand cancel. As previously stated I believe this to be an add on cachet (probably not done by the addressee). This cachet is not recorded in Mellone's Catalogue of FDC's.
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This is all I have of Connecticut, so next we are off to Delaware. Delaware is the second smallest state (after Rhode Island), the sixth least populous, but the sixth most densely populated of the 50 States. So what will Delaware (Della wear)? I think a New Jersey!
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Dover Delaware is in Kent County & is the capital & third largest city in the state. It is 164 miles south west of New York City & 95 miles east of Washington D C . It was named by William Penn after Dover in Kent, England, in 1683 & has a population of around 36,000. In 1787 Delaware was first to ratify the U.S. Constitution, & became "the First State." Kent County was a small grain farming region in the 18th Century, but, in the 1960s, Dover was where the spacesuits worn by NASA astronauts in the Apollo moon flights were made, by ILC Dove.
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Newark Delaware is in New Castle County, Delaware, 12 miles west-southwest of Wilmington, roughly halfway between Philadelphia (approximately 45 miles south west) & Baltimore (approximately 55 miles north east), with a population around 31,000. It is the home of the University of Delaware. Newark was founded by Scots, Irish & Welsh settlers in 1694. The town was officially established when it received a charter from George II of Great Britain in 1758. One of Newark's major sources of employment & revenue was the Chrysler Newark Assembly plant which was built in 1951. Originally constructed to build tanks for the US Army. At it's height it employed over 2000 people. The plant has stood for more than 50 years, providing jobs & revenue to the state of Delaware.
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Artcraft cachet fdc with faint wavy line machine cancel. Artcraft started making fdc cachets in 1939 & were the most popular. They used plain black ink engraved designs. Sometimes they had more than one design (as with this issue & I have shown two different designs which you will see back on page one under Boston).
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Wilmington Delaware is in Newcastle County, the largest city in the state & is located at the confluence of the Christina River & Brandywine Creek, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. Wilmington was named by Thomas Penn after his friend Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was prime minister in the reign of George II of Great Britain. It has a population of about 70,000. Wilmington was first colonized by settlers from Sweden who arrived in March 1638. The greatest growth in the city occurred during the Civil War. Delaware, though officially remaining a member of the Union, was a border state & divided in its support of both the Confederate & the Union causes. The war created enormous demand for goods & materials supplied by Wilmington including ships, railroad cars, gunpowder, shoes, & other war related goods. By 1868, Wilmington was producing more iron ships than the rest of the country combined & it rated first in the production of gunpowder & second in carriages & leather.
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Uncacheted fdc with nice machine slogan cancel "Support Your Mental Health Association". After previously explaining that Clyde J Sarzin affixed cachets (usually metallic) to his covers, here we have another one without a cachet & no real explanation to offer as to why.
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The end of my Delaware collection & next we will move to Washington D C the capital of the United States. In 1790, the Residence Act approved the creation of a capital district located along the Potomac River on the East Coast. It is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States Congress & is therefore not a part of any U S state & named after the 1st President George Washington.
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Pontiac Press cachet fdc with George Washington stamp added (& he is included in the cachet also).
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Washington DC (District of Columbia), I am going to step back in time for a moment to show the first postmarks, associated with JFK & his term of office as US President.
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Fleetwood cachet with 1960 4th of July Flag stamp cancelled by nice machine "Inauguration Day" slogan cancel.
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Fleetwood (which was the business name of the Unicover Corporation of Wyoming at this time) Event Cover. Fleetwood commenced making covers in 1929, with their first fdc in 1941. Their covers are always branded with the Fleetwood Insignia & have a linen-finish paper & usually have a narrative on the reverse. Slightly different here with an insert instead. Mystic Stamp Company acquired Fleetwood in 2007
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Another Inauguration Day cover, this time an Artcraft cachet, & the 3 different Flag stamps affixed, are postmarked with a Washington DC hand cancel.
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Artcraft started making fdc cachets in 1939 & were the most popular. They used plain black ink engraved designs. Sometimes they had more than one design.
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Another Artcraft Inauguration day event cover, with block of 4 Flag stamps cancelled with the Washington D C hand cancel, & this time signed by the Washington D C postmaster.
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It should noted that according to flag protocol that the blue part of the flag, whether displayed vertically or horizontally, should be in the top left. Displayed as it is on this cover, it is actually a sign of distress.

This cover appears to have light blue tinge to it. This is because a piece of blue board has been placed inside either as a stiffener for better postmarking & protection in the mail or to prevent gum bleed on the cover which was quite prevalent at the time.
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BigSaint wrote:After previously explaining that Clive Sarzin affixed cachets (usually metallic) to his covers, here we have another one without a cachet & no real explanation to offer as to why.
I suspect he mailed most of his covers without cachet and then affixed the metallic cachet afterward (most of the ones I've seen show no signs of wear which you'd expect from what it effectively painted metal going through the post.

By the way, is it Clive, or is it Clyde Sarzin?

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Thank you Gavin, oops, a small typo, it is Clyde J Sarzin. I suspected that the metallic cachets were applied afterwards, so either he affixed them as he sold them or he simply ran out due to the popularity of the issue.
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Washington D C has an estimated population of 632,000, the 25th most populous place in the U S. Commuters from the surrounding Maryland & Virginia raise the city's population to over 1,000,000 during the working week. It is located in the mid-Atlantic region of the East Coast & has a total area of about 68 square miles & is bordered by Montgomery County, Maryland to the northwest; Prince George's County, Maryland to the east; & Arlington & Alexandria, Virginia to the south & west.
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Artcraft cachet fdc cancelled with Washington D C hand cancel with Argentinian & Columbian JFK stamps affixed.

Artcraft started making fdc cachets in 1939 & were the most popular. They used plain black ink engraved designs. Sometimes they had more than one design as they did with JFK, both of which I displayed on the first page under Boston. As previously stated the U S Postal Service allows other countries stamps to be cancelled with their own (as long as their is sufficient U S postage affixed to cover the service).
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ABC Mourning Cover (signified by the black line around the edge of the cover) Cachet with nice machine 4 bar line cancel. You will note the machine cancel is much smaller than the hand cancel.
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Boerger ABC cachet fdc with nice machine 4 bar line cancel. The cachet depicts the riderless black horse from JFK's funeral procession, who carried a saddle with boots turned backwards in the stirrups. His name was Black Jack. Foaled in 1947, he was a mix of Morgan & Quarterhorse. Purchased by the US Army Quartermaster in 1953, Black Jack had the honor of being the last of the Quartermaster issue horses branded with the Army’s U.S. brand. Black Jack was the Caparisoned horse, which is the the riderless horse who follows the caissons (6 horses pulling the cart which carries the casket of the fallen soldier) at a military funeral. The caparisoned horse represents the soldier who will no longer ride in the brigade. This horse wears the cavalry saddle, the sword & backwards boots in the stirrups, symbolizing the end of his tenure.
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Black Jack at JFK's Funeral.
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Corner card of Gonzaga High School with nice machine cancel. There is some faint circular imprint under the JFK stamp on this cover. I cannot read what it says even through the reverse. I suspect it is something like "postage paid".

Gonzaga College High School is a Jesuit high school for boys located in Washington, D.C. The school is named in honor of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, an Italian saint from the 16th century. Gonzaga is the oldest boys' high school in the District of Columbia.
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