Winston Churchill Memorial Issue First Day Covers
May 13, 1965



 Philatelic Center of New York Cachet



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This maximum card by the Philatelic Center of New York utilizes the U.S. Post Office Department publicity photo for the Churchill stamp as its design. The back of the card shown on the right uses identical elements from the Art Craft cachet. Did Art Craft make this card for the Center, or was the inscription lifted from an Art Craft cover and used without permission?

And what was the Philatelic Center of New York? I don't have an answer to that question, but the Center's address has some interesting history. This 1986 article in The New York Times discusses the battle between the 1865 brownstone's last residential tenant and the developer that wanted to tear down the property. By the following year the developer had given up in trying to remove the tenant (see this 1987 article) and the building's future was in limbo. Eventually, the developer's solution was to build its new office tower around the old brownstone. (Jean Herman, the tenant that wouldn't move, died in 1992.) Given that its address was an apartment building in 1965, perhaps the "Philatelic Center" was really nothing more than a collector's apartment. Contact me if you can provide additional details.

Note: This card appears in the Mellone catalog incorrectly identified as the Colorano maximum card. See Mellone #13 for details.


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