ArtCraft Honored At Show

ArtCraft Cachets Celebrates 75th Anniversary at Americover 2014

The Washington Press is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its ArtCraft Cachets during Americover 2014, the annual show and convention of the American First Day Cover Society, which is being held Aug. 15-17 in Somerset, N.J.

ArtCraft‘s first cacheted FDC was produced for the New York World’s Fair issue of 1939, Sc. 853, and it has produced a cachet for every U.S. issue since then, making it the oldest line of cachets in the world.

Washington Press owners Leo and Sam August were among the founders of the AFDCS in 1955, and the company has remained a strong benefactor of the organization. Now, for the first time in many years, ArtCraft/Washington Press will have a booth at an AFDCS show. Current owners Michael August (Sam’s son) and Tim Devaney (Leo’s son-in-law) will be available to talk with ArtCraft fans.

The company will also offer three seminars during the show.

On Friday, Devaney and artist Susan Jorritsma will discuss “The Birth of an ArtCraft Cachet,” with an emphasis on the artistic decisions that are made, and the interaction between the cachetmaker and the artist. Jorritsma and Devaney will also look at how that process has changed through the years because of changes in technology.

Jorritsma and Devaney will be joined by long-time Washington Press writer Gerald H. Strauss (who was also the first editor of the AFDCS journal First Days) to talk about “Leo August: The Man and His Legacy.” Leo is widely recognized as the father of ArtCraft cachets. This seminar will look at some of the less well-known aspects of his philatelic life and accomplishments.

Then on Sunday, Devaney will lead an audience-participation discussion, “My Favorite ArtCraft Memory,” an opportunity for collectors to share their favorite stories involving the cachet line.

Other seminars at Ameicover 2014 include “The 1926 U.S. John Ericsson Stamp: Production, First Day Covers and Other Uses,” given by Alan Warren; an open forum on exhibiting by Nancy Clark of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, and cachetmaker Fred Collins’ “The Fascinating Story of the Lewis and Clark Issue.”

All of these seminars are free and open to the public.

Americover 2014 will also have two bourses (commercial dealers and cachetmakers), World Series of Philately competitive exhibits, meetings, a youth table, a hospitality suite, a commercial auction of Earliest Documented Uses, live and silent auctions to benefit the AFDCS, and a forum by a postal official involved with first day covers.

Americover 2014 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Somerset Hotel & Conference Center, 200 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873.

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