Kevin Blackston
PO Box 217
Floresville TX 78114-0217
United States of America

First Day Cover

In the early 1920s, first day cover collecting was still in its infancy.1 Relatively few covers bearing the American Indian stamp were postmarked on its first day of sale, May 1, 1923, and the majority of those were used in Washington, D.C.

This example, which features the “register or insure valuable mail” cancellation seen on most FDCs bearing the American Indian stamp, was sent to one Frank Wood of Worcester, Massachusetts. A handstamp on the reverse indicates that Kenneth Salzman of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, prepared the cover for mailing.

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)

Although American Indian FDCs postmarked in Washington are not especially common, they are far less rare than examples from , the other first day city.



  1. Cabeen, Richard McP. Standard Handbook of Stamp Collecting. 2nd ed. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1965.

Published 2018-06-17 Last updated 2021-01-17