Awareness of the outside world. “Cachet. Any textual or graphic design which has been applied to a cover usually, but not always, on the left side of the envelope. A cachet may be produced by any means— printed, rubberstamped, handdrawn, etc. A first day cachet should be related specifically to the stamp on the cover.” American First Day Cover Society: FDC Terminology.
So The Graceful Envelopes would be non-first day cachets? Any stamp folks care to enlighten me?
In my defense, the envelope looked better in person. While a mere sketch compared to the winners, it amoosed me.
Plus, I got a blog post out of it.
Next year. TWCG: 2023 Graceful Envelope Contest Call for Entries. The theme is fan mail.
“In 1999 my envelope was a winner.” Kath Harney: The Graceful Envelope Contest
Smithsonian: The Graceful Envelope. Archived Exhibition, no photos
“The stamps were designed by Zack Bryant using photographs by acclaimed heritage breeds photographer Aliza Eliazarov. Greg Breeding served as art director.” USPS: New Heritage Breeds Forever Stamps Honor Genetic Diversity in Farm Animals, May 2021
“The difficulty in finding this once popular breed was the inspiration for the creation of the first North American livestock conservation organization, which has become The Livestock Conservancy.” The Livestock Conservancy: MILKING DEVON CATTLE.