CACHET :An Art in Philately

In philately, a \”cachet\” is a printed or stamped design or inscription, other than a cancellation or pre-printed postage, on an envelope or postcard to\"\" commemorate a postal or philatelic event. There are official and private cachets; they commemorate everything from the first flight on a particular route, to the super bowl. Cachets are also frequently made, either by private companies or a government, for first day of issue stamp events . They are often present on event covers.

The first cacheted FDC (first day cover) was produced by prominent philatelist and cachetmaker George Ward Linn in 1923, for the Harding Memorial stamp issue.

Cachet-making is considered an art form, and cachets may be produced by using any number of methods, including drawing or painting directly onto the envelope, serigraphy, block printing, lithography, engraving, laser printing, attachment of photographs or other paper memorabilia, etc. Frequently flight cachets (which have also been used in space and on the moon) are rubber-stamped.

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