American First Day Cover Society

Annual Cachetmaker's Contest

This was a very good year for I was greatly honored

to have won the "Best of 2014" Grand Prize...

So, I have placed this one on the main heading page,

you will not see a sub-page for 2014.


First Place

Hand Drawn/Hand Painted Category




of  2014

Souvenir Stamp on 6" x 9 1/2" Cover

Hand Drawn/Hand Painted

Medium - "Water-Based Oil"

This cover being  just a bit larger than normal

gave me a nice "canvas" to work with.

After I have finished painting the first one  the

thought occurred to me that I had missed a "better"

idea by painting two clowns...

... why hadn't I painted a "Ring Master" instead of

the clown in green who is "presenting" the acts?

While I know this "late" thinking was a better idea

I suppose it was "good enough" for at least the judges

seemed to like it!  I'm always thinking I could

have done something better after finishing any

of my cachets...

The scan to the left here shows the  reverse

side of the cover in Zebra Stripes and my logo

"cancelling" the 5c Circus Clown stamp of 1966.

First Place

Miscellaneous Medium Category

2014 Abraham Lincoln 21c Stamp

This is simply one of my Graphite Pencil

Hand Drawn "EmSketch" Covers...

... I have found it difficult to determine which

category to enter these graphite cachets in.

This year it was not only accepted as an entrant

in the Miscellaneous Medium Category...

... it actually won First Place!

Subsequent years of entering the EmSketch Covers

has resulted in not being the proper category...

... including Miscellaneous Medium.

Maybe I'll figure it out next year.

2014 Vintage Circus Posters Souvenir

First Place - Miscellaneous Medium Category
First Place - Miscellaneous Medium Category