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First Day Covers of the

U.S. Winston Churchill Memorial Issue

of 1965 (Scott 1264)

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1264Sir Winston S. Churchill died on January 24, 1965 at the age of 90. Postal administrations around the world issued memorial stamps in the weeks and months that followed, including the United States, which released its very attractive and respectful stamp on May 13, 1965 (a mere 109 days after Churchill's death). The U.S. stamp, like so many others, is based on Yousuf Karsh's legendary "Angry Lion" portrait of 1941. The stamp was designed by Richard Hurd, lettered by Sam Marsh, engraved by Charles A. Brooks (portrait) and Harold Sharpless (lettering), and printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in a quantity of 125,180,000 (two printings). The stamp had its first day of issue at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where Churchill delivered the "Iron Curtain" speech in 1946. The May 13 issue date was the 25th anniversary of Churchill's "blood, toil, tears and sweat" speech. 773,580 first day covers were serviced.

The U.S. Churchill issue was popular among first day cover (FDC) producers. The standard cachet reference work for FDC collectors, Michael Mellone's Specialized Cachet Catalog of First Day Covers (1985), lists over 50 different cachets for the Churchill issue. However, Mellone's catalog is merely a starting point. There are many more cacheted FDCs for the Churchill stamp not listed in the catalog, and additional cachets come to light on a regular basis.

This portion of my site will showcase the many Churchill FDCs that are known, beginning with the cachets listed in Mellone, and then moving on to uncataloged items. I'm always looking for "new" cachets of this issue, as well as additional information about the items I already have. If you have information about any of the covers depicted here, or have a cover you don't see here, please contact me at tronnei@gmail.com.

A note about "add-ons": An "add-on" is a cachet design added to a cover which was originally uncacheted. An add-on cachet should be identified by maker and date so that it is clear that it is not contemporary with the cover. Unfortunately, those who create add-ons don't always mark them as such. A comprehensive collection of add-ons is impossible and I usually pass on purchasing them; however, a select few are included here.

Part I: Mellone-listed Items

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M1
M1
Hollis Hobby
Center
M2
M2
C. Stephen
Anderson
M3
M3
Aristocrats
M4
M4
Art Craft
M5
M5
Artmaster
M6
M6
Artopages
M7 & M8
M8
Artopages
M9
M9
Bar Jean
M10
M10
Boerger ABC
M12
M12
Chickering/
Jackson
M13
M13
Colorano
M14
M14
Cover Craft
M15
M15
House of
Farnam
M16
M16
First National
City Bank
M17
M17
Fleetwood
M18
M18
Fluegel
M19
M19
FDC+Plus
M20
M20
C.G. Junior III
M21
M21
Hammond Maxi
Card

M22
M22
Harcourt, Brace
M23
M23
Hutton
M24
M24
Khol Kraft
M25
M25
Kolor Kover
M26
M26
KJM
M27
M27
Lichty
M28
M28
Mahdeen
M29
M29
Marg
M30
M30
Martin
M31
M31
Masonic Stamp
Club of N.Y.
M32
M32
Masonic Stamp
Unit
M33
M33
Mather
Counterfeit
M34
M34
Maul
M35
M35
Overseas
Mailer
M36
M36
Patterson
M37
M37
Prestige
M38
M38
Rosecraft
M39
M39
Sarzin
M40
M40
Seibel
M41
M41
Teich
M42
M42
Texas Refinery
Corp.
M43
M43
Ulrich
M44
M44
Universal
Philatelic
M45
M45
Velvatone
M46
M46
Von Ohlen
M47
M47
Westminster
College
M48
M48
Dizer
M49
M49
Butler & Kelly
M50
M13
Colorano
(listing error)
M51
M51
Hammond Maxi
Card #2
M52
M52
Unknown
M53
M53
Unknown
End of
Cachets
listed in
Mellone
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Part II: Uncatalogued Items; Cachetmaker Identified

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BPA/PTS

Locke
Locke

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J-N

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Reid

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GPO

fdc
C. Winston

fdc
JAX

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Eric Lewis

fdc
Pennant

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Philatelic Center
of New York

fdc
Fulton City Clerk

fdc
Postmaster General

fdc
Melissa Fox

fdc
Dulski

fdc
Artopages
SOUPEX

fdc
Blitz

fdc
Crawford

fdc
Griffith

fdc
Bob Jones

fdc
Adam Bert

Part III: Uncatalogued Items; Cachetmaker Unknown

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Unknown

Locke
Unknown

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Unknown

fdc
Unknown

fdc
Unknown

fdc
Unknown

fdc
Unknown
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Part IV: Postcard FDCs

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Postcard 1

card
Postcard 2

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Postcard 3

fdc
Postcard 4

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Postcard 5

fdc
Postcard 6

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Postcard 7
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Part V: Miscellaneous First Day Items

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WSC Quotes

card
Ceremony
Program

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Postal
Bulletin

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Post Office
Announcement

fdc
Church of
St. Mary

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Fulton
Memorial

fdc
Honorary US
Citizenship

fdc
Westminster
Stationery

fdc
Crossed
Flags

fdc
Williamsburg
Bell

fdc
Art Craft Card

fdc
Dizer Album Page

fdc
Cole's Corner Card

fdc
Kohler Corner Card

fdc
Hudson Dispatch
Corner Card

fdc
Crown Agents
FDC Forgery
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Part VI: Art Craft Commercial FDCs

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Applebaum

card
Atlas Chemical

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Ayerst Labs

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American Mutual

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Unknown



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