National Geographic : 1976 Nov
Each month the Society will obtain three of the world's most important First Day Covers exclusively for Members. Memberships are now open for a limited time only. All applications must be postmarked by December 31, 1976. In no small part because of their beauty, International First Day Covers are widely regarded as the most significant and important collectibles of our time. And for good reason. They are the first editions of the world's postage stamps. Forever limited to the precise number officially postmarked by each issuing nation on the precise First Day of Issue. Truly, few things in the world inspire more favorable comment than the world's fascinating stamps. They are a nation's monuments in miniature. Masterpieces of the designer's and the printer's arts. Mirrors of the world's culture and history; wildlife and geography; art and architec ture; men and women; hopes and aspirations. Yet, relatively few ever reach collectors in the United States. Of them a small percentage are First Day Covers. An old tradition. The tradition of collecting International First Day Covers is a rather old one, dating back to the late 1800's. Over the years, wealthy collectors, diplomatic officials, and members of royalty have built excellent collections. They have prized them as the most desirable specimens of a Nation's stamps; for, unlike the entire printing of a new stamp, the First Day Covers are issued for one day only . . . and so certified by postal authorities of the issuing nation with the official "First Day of Issue" postmark. A rare collecting opportunity. The First Day Cover of the Month Society has been instrumental in overcoming the barriers of time, distance, language, and geography to make it possible for the collector of modest means to enjoy this same privilege of building an outstanding private collection of First Day Covers of the world's most significant stamps. And, of receiving them automatically through a convenient monthly acquisition plan, as they are issued, from wherever they are issued. A Collection of world-wide importance. Each month the Society obtains First Day Covers of three - and only three - of the world's most important First Day Covers. Exclusively chosen for the Membership, they are the handful which achieve a unique combination of artistic, historical, and technical perfection. The issues which, the Society believes, are the most likely to stand the test of time. Selections of great merit. Significantly, a number of First Day Covers selected by the Society have later become highly rated and eagerly sought after by collectors. An outstanding British Sailing issue of June, 1975, for instance, (illustrated at left), took the philatelic world by storm and complete sets sold-out on the very First Day of Issue. Certainly, there can be no guarantee that any particular First Day Cover will increase in value or merit with the passage of time. But this example points to the quality of the Society's selections. All Society selections are carefully chosen according to the same rigorous criteria. And chosen before their merits are widely discussed; when they can be obtained by Members of the Society at the original issue price. Authentic issues. Each First Day Cover you receive will be authentic in every respect. Every one will be designed, printed, officially postmarked and issued according to each nation's established philatelic traditions. No two will be alike. Knowledgeable collectors recognize that this rich diversity is the hallmark of authentic Inter national First Day Covers. Those who enroll as members of the Society will experience first-hand these same qualities which have fascinated collectors of International First Day Covers for nearly a century. The Benefits of Membership. As a Member, you will receive each month three First Day Covers of the world's most important new stamps. The total price of $2.75 per cover ($8.25 per month) will be firmly guaranteed to you for a full eighteen months - a most unusual and significant guarantee. In addition, you may cancel your membership at any time upon thirty days' notice. However, those who do will forfeit the opportunity of building a complete collection from the beginning of 1977. A handsomely-designed album to protect and display the collection will also be provided at no additionalcost. And to enhance the educational value of the collection, an authoritative commen tary will accompany each issue. Memberships close December 31, 1976. Never before has it been possible for the average person to so selectively acquire a collection of such breadth. As a Member you will be able to build an excellent, private collection of International First Day Covers. An authentic collection which you, your children, and their children will appreciate for generations to come. Your application must be postmarked no later than December 31, 1976. After that date, applications will be accepted only once each year, only for a short period of time, and only at the prices then prevailing. To apply for membership, mail your application directly to Fleetwood, 1 Unicover Center, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82008, America's oldest purveyor of First Day Covers, under whose auspices the Society was established. To protect and display the International Collection of First Day Covers of the Month, a handsome collector's album will be provided to each Member at no additional cost. MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION -t ocietr I Deadline for application: December 31, 1976 Limit: One membership per person. Fleetwood Cheyenne, Wyoming 82008 Please accept my Membership in The First Day Cover of the Month Society. Each month, beginning in January, 1977, I will receive three First Day Covers of the world's most significant new stamps. The total price of $2.75 per cover ($8.25 per month) I is firmly guaranteed to me for a full eighteen months. A handsomely-designed album will be sent to me without additional charge. Imay cancel my membership at any time upon thirty days' notice. 0 I enclose $8.25 for the first month's selections. I will be billed for future shipments with shipment. I I prefer to charge each month's selections to my credit card account at time of shipment: DO MasterCharge D BankAmericard D American Express Card Number Expires Signature Mr. Mrs. Miss All applications subject to acceptance by Fleetwood. PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY Address City State Zip The First Day Cover of the Month Society was established under the auspices of Fleetwood, since 1929 America's oldest purveyor of First Day Covers, and a division of Unicover Corporation.