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1987 Signers Of The US Constitution FDC Collection

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Posted 11/08/2021   4:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Bluejay to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I know that not everyone considers these types of covers to be true philatelic items because they never entered the postal delivery system, but I find them to be great, brief history lessons and an attractive way to collect commemorative souvenirs of important events in US history!

In addition to the individual stamp and postal card FDCs that it issued on behalf of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution ("Commission"), Fleetwood also created a combination cover collection that celebrated the 39 signers of the Constitution. Each of the covers features the Signing of the Constitution stamp along with one of the five stamps from the Drafting the Constitution stamp booklet. The covers all feature a Philadelphia, September 19, 1987 postmark - the location and date of the first day of issue for the Signing of the Constitution stamp.

The cachet on the front of each cover is a full-color portrait of one of the signers. The original illustration of each signer was designed and drawn by Dennis Lyall. IMO, the fact that a single artist created all of the portraits brings a very real sense of cohesiveness to the set - the covers look like they belong together!

The back of each cover includes a brief biographical sketch of the signer, along with the Commission's official logo and the tag line "An Official First Day Cover of the Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution."

I debated on the best way to present the covers - I decided to group the signers by the state they represented and present each state in the order in which its delegates appear on the original Constitution document (T > B, L > R). It will take 12 posts to get them all listed, but I believe such "bite-size" chunks are the easiest to "digest!"

I hear you ask "12? Weren't there 13 original states?" Representatives from 12 of the original 13 states were sent to Philadelphia for the convention but Rhode Island (RI) chose not to participate. The primary reasons for this centered on a RI's general suspicion of/aversion to a strong central/national government and its opposition to the creation of a national currency that would do away with Rhode Island's local currency.

Rhode Island was also the last of the original states to ratify the Constitution, doing so on May 29, 1790 - six months after #12 (North Carolina ratified it on November 21, 1789).

To kick things off, I present here the introduction card for the set. It provides brief background information on the covers, the artist who designed them and the Commission that sponsored them. Following the card are images of the covers for the delegates from Delaware.


Signers of the US Constitution FDC Set - Introduction Card



Delaware Signers of the US Constitution FDCs












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Posted 11/08/2021   5:45 pm  Show Profile Check johnsim03's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add johnsim03 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I've always liked this series, and the cachets are lovely...

Thanks for sharing.

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@John: You're welcome! Thanks for posting your thoughts and engaging in the discussion!


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Posted 11/08/2021   7:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bluejay to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Maryland's delegates to the Convention were the next to sign the Constitution:


Maryland Signers of the US Constitution FDCs









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Posted 11/09/2021   06:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bluejay to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Next up, the signers from Virginia:


Virginia Signers of the US Constitution FDCs







Note: Washington, as President of the Constitutional Convention, signed separately from the state delegates. He was, however, ultimately a member of the Virginia delegation.



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Posted 11/09/2021   4:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bluejay to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
And now for the North Carolina delegates:


North Carolina Signers of the US Constitution FDCs









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Posted 11/10/2021   07:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bluejay to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Next up, the South Carolina delegates:


South Carolina Signers of the US Constitution FDCs












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And now, the Georgia delegates:


Georgia Signers of the US Constitution FDCs







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Posted 11/10/2021   5:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jkelley01938 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Where is Thomas Jefferson?
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Posted 11/10/2021   5:42 pm  Show Profile Check johnsim03's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add johnsim03 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thomas Jefferson was in Europe (Minister to France) in 1787.

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Thomas Jefferson was in Europe (Minister to France) in 1787.

While in France, Jefferson corresponded with James Madison regarding his thoughts on the Constitution, but Jefferson was not a delegate to the Convention nor a signer of the Constitution. So, no "Signers" FDC!



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Posted 11/11/2021   06:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bluejay to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
And now, a quick look at the New Hampshire delegates:


New Hampshire Signers of the US Constitution FDCs







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Posted 11/11/2021   5:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bluejay to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Time for the two delegates from Massachusetts to take the stage:


Massachusetts Signers of the US Constitution FDCs








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Posted 11/12/2021   07:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bluejay to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Next up, the Constitutional Convention delegates from Connecticut:


Connecticut Signers of the US Constitution FDCs







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Now for the one delegate from New York*:


New York Signer of the US Constitution FDC




* New York sent three delegates to the Constitutional Convention, but delegates John Lansing, Jr. and Robert Yates left after attending for six weeks because they opposed the direction the Convention was heading - they arrived expecting to amend the Articles of Confederation and were opposed to abandoning such document in favor of one that outlined a strong Federal Government.



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Next up, the Constitutional Convention delegates from New Jersey:


New Jersey Signers of the US Constitution FDCs











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