Kevin Blackston
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Floresville TX 78114-0217
United States of America

First Day Cover

On September 8, 1931, the first stamps from the rotary press printing of the 14¢ American Indian stamp went on sale in Washington, D.C.1 The first day cover illustrated here was postmarked around 5:30 that afternoon.

Front of first day cover bearing 14-cent American Indian stamp
14¢ American Indian first day cover
Reverse of first day cover
14¢ American Indian first day cover (reverse)

The envelope is addressed to Washington’s C.E. Nickles, an early producer of first day covers in the United States.2 Nickles was by 1931 an old hand in the philatelic trade, having advertised stamps for sale in publications such as Popular Mechanics and Boys’ Life at least as early as the 1910s.3 4



  1. Snee, Charles, ed. Scott 2012 Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps & Covers. Sidney, Ohio: Scott Publishing Co., 2011.
  2. Early First Day Cover Gems. The Washington Press. Accessed 20 June 2017.
  3. Popular Mechanics Advertising Section.” Popular Mechanics, Apr. 1913. Accessed 20 June 2017.
  4. “Stamps.” Boys’ Life, Apr. 1917. Accessed 20 June 2017.

Published 2018-06-17 Last updated 2021-09-12