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THE STORY BEHIND THE STAMP
By John Martin
At the ceremony honoring the first day of the Edgar
Rice Burroughs stamp at the
Tarzana, Calif., Cultural Center, Aug. 17, 2012, a two-sided information card was given to attendees,
enclosed in an envelope which had an ERB stamp already canceled with the first-day of issue postmark.
Also pictured is a larger-size informational flyer featuring a block of four ERB stamps.
These were available for sale and still show up on ebay.
This is an American Commemorative Panel.
These were sold by the U.S. Postal Service and
featured information about ERB as well as a block of four stamps.
These show up from time to time on ebay.
The Postal Service always gives out free souvenirs at First-Day ceremonies.
This is the envelope, with stamp canceled on the first day of issue,
for the Edgar Rice Burroughs stamp.
This is one side of the enclosure in the Postal Service
handout for the Edgar Rice Burroughs stamp.
It features background information about ERB.
This is the flip side of the informational enclosure
given out by the USPSa at the ERB stamp ceremony.
Many fans had these items autographed.
This one was signed for me by Denny Miller.
Besides the "official" part, which is available at
the official post office of issue,
which -- in the case of the stamp honoring Edgar Rice Burroughs -- was Tarzana, Calif.,
there are also "first-day-of-sale" postmarks,
regular postmarks which happen to bear the date of the first day of issue,
and special pictorial cancellations.
All of those types of postmarks were available at the ceremony
at the Tarzana Cultural Center that day, and for 30 days thereafter,
and some special postmarks were available elsewhere,
such as in Sacramento, Calif., on the same days at the ceremony in Tarzana.
The special Sacramento postmark was offered
as part of
the American Philatelic Stamp Show which took place Aug. 17, 2012.
Included here are scans of the four-page flyer
that was given out along with a cover with the postmark.
The cover is one I designed and mailed there for the postmark,
since I couldn't be there and in Tarzana at the same time.
This is page one of the flyer handed out at the
American Philatelic Society stamp show in Sacramento
on the first day of issue of the Edgar Rice Burroughs stamp.
Page 2 of the Sacramento flyer had biographical
information about ERB and an image of the stamp.
Page 3 of the Sacramento flyer listed
participants in the program there,
along with an ERB stamp
canceled with the special postmark
which was available at that show.
The last page of the Sacramento flyer
had an image of the ERB book plate
designed by Studley O. Burroughs.
One of the special pictorial cancellations available at the
First Day Ceremony in Tarzana, Calif., Aug. 17, 2012,
was one designated the "Tarzana Cultural Center Station,"
site of the first-day ceremony.
This cancellation features the ERB "doodad" at lower right.
I made this cover and mailed it to the Sacramento post office
for the special cancellation they had for the ERB stamp.
There is a 30-day grace period for obtaining such cancellations.
The cachet I designed featured images for the first magazine,
and first book, editions of ERB's Martian novel,
which was published under two different titles.
This collage cover has the ERB stamp, a 6-cent African elephant stamp,
and various images of ERB and a couple of Tarzan books
glued onto an envelope pre-printed with a scene from the African veldt.
Next to Edgar Rice Burroughs himself, the man who I believe is most deserving of having his picture on a first-day-of-issue cover is Denny Miller.
Denny Miller's photo is an extremely appropriate one for a first-day cover of the ERB stamp,
since Denny was the one whose suggestion for such a stamp
is what got the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee going on the project.
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