Court of Honor 34 Cachet Design

The American First Day Cover Society will honor Paul Johnson of Washington, D.C. as the 34th member of the Court of Honor. Paul’s artwork for the 2014 Court of Honor cachet is pictured here.

The AFDCS Court of Honor was created to honor cachet artists who have, over the years, contributed so much to the hobby through the beauty of their art. A different artist is selected each year.

The series uses the Christmas theme, for which stamps are issued every year, so that the cachets can be completed in advance. The artists are given complete freedom to develop their designs. The AFDCS then reproduces the art on a high-quality envelope.

Paul Johnson has been employed by the federal government as a graphic artist since 1975, expanding into the fields of audio-visual and video productions in the 1980s. He currently oversees a small media operation within the Social Security Administration as a producer-director.

Paul was introduced to cachetmaking in 1983, producing his first cachet for the Bicentennial of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce Between the United States and Sweden for Rollin Berger of Panda Cachets. Later in 1983 he began to design cachets for the Robert C. Graebner Chapter #17, AFDCS. He has also produced a number of pictorial cancel designs for events and stamp shows over the years. Paul continues to produce cachets for Panda Cachets and the Graebner Chapter.

Unserviced envelopes will be available for purchase in late September or early October, for those who wish to service their own covers. Serviced covers will be available shortly after the first day(s) of issue of this year’s holiday stamps.

Ordering details will be announced at a later date.

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