A short History of Colorano "silk" covers.
Colorano "silk" First Day
Covers are among the finest fdc's being produced today. The covers are called
"silk" because the cachet --pronounced "ka shay"-- is made
by a printing process of placing the subject matter on a pre-gummed finely
woven fiber square of cloth, much like the old silk screen printing method.
Thus the term "silk".
(Others say the cachet feels like
silk but that's another story.)
Colorano full color "silk"
first day covers were produced starting with the American Wool issue of 1971
- Scott #1423 - and have been produced for every commemorative issue since.
Air Mails started in 1972, Regular issues in 1973 with envelopes following in
Illustrated are #1; commemorative
issue 1423 American Wool, #1; regular issue 1519a Crossed Flags, #1; Air
Mail, C84, City of Refuge, and #2 envelope; Liberty Tree.
Only 1,200 to 2,400 Colorano covers
were produced for most of 1971 - 1972 issues and even today most Colorano
first day covers are produced in limited quantities of 5,000 - much less then
other major first day cover manufacturers. Other special Event covers and
series are also produced by Colorano.
A short History of Collins First Day Covers.
Everything started for Collins March
7, 1978, when he left to do his first fdc in Charlston, WV. Quiltmaking was
the start of what was to be his lifelong profession of making handpainted
Along with the cachets being handpainted he had two other
ideas for making his fdc's truely unique! He would try and make the first day
cancellation play a roll in the cover and have all the covers use plate
number stamps to add to the interest. When he had finished in West Virginia
with the Quiltmaking fdc's he carried them on to NY where the Quilt which had
been the model for the stamps was housed. He then had the covers cancelled in
NY with a large circular postmark from Manhatten. This was the start of
As his covers got more popular and he
was producing more, Collins had to do away with having the plate number on
each fdc but continued making his handpainted little masterpieces and getting
double cancelleations. One usually from the official city with the FDOI
killer bar and the other a meaningfull hand cancel, some being great pictorials,
from a city which meant something to the stamp.
Collins continually tries new
configurations for his fdc's. He has covers that incorporate the stamp into
the design of the cachet and has begun to use the envelope as a canvas with
his "entire" cachets. Always unique and different with great hand
painted cachets! Collins produced 280 fdc's for Quiltmaking and even now only
produces covers with under 700 issues.
Below are 6 of my favorite Collins
The information contained within this page has been written by
Rexford R. Briggs using the Colorano and Collins catalogs as reference
material. This material has been placed within my web site exclusively for
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