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Stamps and envelope art in Cheyenne.

Even those who wonder what stamp collecting is all about will find the displays at the National First Day Cover Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming, worth a look. They show the beauty of stamps and cachets (art on the left side of the envelope, complementing the stamp).

The museum displays such historic specimens as the 1840 British "penny black" (the first postage stamp), 1930 Graf Zeppelin airmail covers, and the 1893 Columbians--America's first commemorative issues. You'll see state bird and flower stamps, covers saluting space exploration, and first day covers commemorating the recent British royal wedding from countries throughout the Commonwealth.

Adjoining the museum is a turn-of-the-century general store where you can purchase first day covers with cachets by Fleetwood, the company that runs the museum. The museum is open 9 to 5 daily except Sunday; admission is free. From Interstate 25 at Cheyenne, take exit 11-D east to 702 Randall Avenue.

What is a first day cover? A new postage stamp is initially sold at a designated post office, which cancels the stamp "First Day of Issue" and postmarks the envelope with date and city.

To collect first day covers, you have 30 days after issue to send a purchased stamp affixed to an envelope to the issuing post office for a first day cancellation. For a list of upcoming issues with details on ordering first day covers, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Stamped Paper Announcement, Philatelic Sales Division, Washington, D.C. 20265.
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