FDC Writing Award for 2021

Nominations Open for FDC Writing Award
For Works Published In 2021

Nominations will be accepted through May 30 for the Philip H. Ward Award for Excellence in First Day Cover Literature, presented annually by the American First Day Cover Society. All works published in 2021 are eligible.

All articles published in First Days, the AFDCS journal, are automatically considered. Others may be submitted to the Ward Award Committee chair, Mark Goodson, 315 East Dewey Street, Ellettsville, IN 47429-1901, bgdsn@comcast.net, either as clippings or .pdf scans of the articles as published.

The award is presented each year at Americover, the annual convention of the AFDCS, which will be held August 25-28, as part of Great American Stamp Show 2022 in Sacramento, Calif. A complete list of past winners can be found here.

Past works honored by the AFDCS reflect a wide variety of sources: The winners in both 2020 and 2019 —“The Fight for the Women’s Right to Vote" by Kris McIntosh and "Which Items Franked with 1913 Parcel Post Stamps Are Authentic U.S. First Day Covers?” by Ken Lawrence, respectively — were originally published in American Philatelist. The 2018 award was bestowed for a bibliographic series by David Zubatsky in First Days. The 2015 citation went to a book, Dorothy Knapp: Philately and Family, by Douglas Weisz.

The award is named in honor of Philip H. Ward (1890-1963), pictured above, the distinguished Philadelphia stamp collector, dealer and journalist who was a pioneer in the field of first day covers. The award was instituted by the AFDCS in 1964.

McClure to Present Zoom Seminar


Peter McClure, the designer behind most of the first day covers produced the AFDCS Cachetmakers Series, will tell how he does it, and how you can do it, too, in a free American First Day Cover Society online video presentation, "Computer Cachetmaking 101: The CEC Method." It will be offered live on Zoom on Sunday, January 16, at 8:00 pm EST, and available afterward on an upcoming AFDCS YouTube Channel.

McClure has been making cachets as "CEC" — short for "Cuv Evanson" — since 2011. Although he no longer produces CEC FDCs for commercial sale, he is the "CEC" found on recent AFDCS covers. (The "FM" is AFDCS Sales Chair Foster Miller, who handles the business aspects.) "Cuv Evanson" was a joke used for family business telephone calls.

For his cachets, Peter uses a desktop computer running Windows, a Canon inkjet printer and an obsolete graphics program, "Microsoft Home Publisher 99." All the artwork is found on the internet, books and magazines. In his presentation, he will explain how he finds the material, processes it and, eventually, prints it onto first day covers.

A former high-end retail store manager, McClure has no formal art training, yet his cachets are among the best sellers for many issues. Many of the designs have a touch of whimsy in them. You can see the currently available FDCs he has designed in the AFDCS Marketplace.

To watch the Zoom address for "Computer Cachetmaking 101: The CEC Method,” click this link, or the meeting ID 858 1456 8456 with a passcode of 858603.

Membership in the AFDCS is not required to attend the seminar.

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