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The Cachet Makers
Cachet Maker Biographies
Click on the blue cachet makers name or the picture to go to their biographies

1423 Colorano #1
1423 Colorano #1

Biography of Ray Novak

Ray Novak
was the original producer of Colorano cachets which were established in 1965.

He changed from his maxi-card configuration in 1971 when the first "silk" fdc was produced. He continued producing Colorano until his retirement in 1995. Click the picture or blue wording to go to his biography.

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Novak Early FDC

Ray Novak's Earliest First Day Covers

Ray Novak early covers
were originally engraved. These were done long before his Maxi-cards and Colorano "silk" first day covers.

When you click on the picture or the blue words, it will take you to his first fdc and some additional fdcs from his beginning.

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Canada Scott 566

Colorano Canada First Day Covers, little known facts.

This link will take you to some little known facts about the Colorano Canada first day covers.


When you click on the picture or the blue words, it will take you to an article written by Gordon Payne, a long time specialty collector and exhibitor of Colorano Canada covers. Gord has won several exhibit awards for his Canada collection and has been a great help in illustrating our Canada catalog.

Colorano US 2544A produced in 1995
Colorano US 2544A produced in 1995

Biography of Paul Schmid

Paul Schmid
purchased Colorano "silk" cachets in 1995 from Ray Novak when Ray retired.

He continues to publish United States, Colorano first day covers in the tradition of Ray Novak. Paul still produces fdc's for every U.S. stamp issued. Click the picture or blue wording to go to his biography.

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Collins Handpainted A101 Quiltmaking

Biography of Fred Collins

Fred Collins
started producing Collins first day covers with his first issue A101 - Quiltmaking in 1978. Collins fdc's quickly became one of the most popular "handpainted" covers available.

His covers continue to be produced in very small numbers and remains very popular with collectors worldwide. Click the picture or blue wording to go to his biography.

Women's History Series - NOW 167
Women's History Series - NOW 167

Biography of Judith "Judy" Kaplan

Judy Kaplan
was the force behind the Women's History Series. This popular and short lived collection (1977-1981) of fdc's still have many collectors looking for that one fdc they are missing.

Only 750-1,000 were made for each fdc, some of the rarities, only 50 were made. They remain very elusive but the hunt continues! Click the picture or blue wording to go to her biography.