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Who made these State Capitol & Seal FDCs for US State Flags issue?  
 

 
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Posted 07/16/2017   1:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add ekbustad to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have a full set of 50 First Day Covers for the 1976 US State Flags issue. They are a well-made commercial product. My question is what company made them?

There is no company name on the covers themselves and they came to be in a box with not identifying information. I have found a few listed on eBay, but with no identification of the maker.

One clue might be in the upper left corner of each cover, where there a small line drawing of a lion:

If anyone knows the maker of these covers, I would appreciate their telling us.
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Posted 07/17/2017   06:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add blcjr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Per the following link, these are listed on eBay as being produced by "Capital cachet:"

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fr..._sacat=47147

Mellone's "First Day Cover Photo Encyclopedia of First Cachets Revealed 1923-2005" does list "Capital" as a cachet producer, but their "first" doesn't have the lion logo, so I would not be satisfied with a single vendor's attribution on eBay without further verification.

If no one else here can help, try asking your question at the "other SCF." Some of the most knowledgable FDC collectors still hang out there.
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Posted 07/17/2017   11:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DouglasGPerry to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That is a very nice cachet! I checked the McCusker web site at http://www.jamesmccusker.com, which I believe has the most comprehensive listing for FDCs. I found this cachet, but even McCusker attributes this to an "unknown cachetmaker."
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Posted 07/17/2017   12:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ekbustad to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Per the following link, these are listed on eBay as being produced by "Capital cachet:"


I saw those listings, but took the phrase "Capital cachet" to refer to each State Capitol building shown as part of the cachet for that State, not the producer of the covers.
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Posted 07/17/2017   1:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add blcjr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well, there's still the Delphi forum to ask at. There's some guys (and a gal or two) there with a lot of knowledge about cachet makers. I wouldn't take Mccusker's as the last word. That lion logo seems to me to be an important clue.
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Well, there's still the Delphi forum to ask at.

Thanks for the suggestion, I have just done that. Will report any results back here.
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Posted 07/20/2017   12:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add fdcusanc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Cachetmaker = Medallion
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Posted 07/25/2017   4:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ekbustad to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Cachetmaker = Medallion

Which is the same answer that you gave on the Delphi forum. [At least I assume that it was you.]

But others on the forum question this answer, as other FDCs that are actually marked as being from Medallion are so different. Which leaves me rather unsure. If I had access to stamp magazines from that period, perhaps I could find advertisements for these covers.
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