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The above cover has an extra 10 cents of postage to cover the cost of Registration. It is addressed to Philip Ward, the noted dealer and philatelic journalist. Ward mentioned this cover in his column in MeKeel’s Weekly Stamp News: “The first copy to be sent through the mail officially from the (Philatelic Stamp) Agency was received by your Editor and bears the postmarks of the First Day.” Not necessarily so since the Patent Office covers with earlier postmarks were also canceled by the Agency. What is significant about the Ward cover is that it is the first prepared cover sent to the USPOD that was processed by them as a FDC. All other FDCs processed on the First Day were handled in person by their servicers. Ward’s cover is also the first FDC to ever receive the wax seal of the Department of Stamps which was responsible for the Agency.

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