A Glossary of First Day Cover Terms
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Add-on Aerogramme AFDCS All-over cachet
All-purpose cachet Alternate cancel AMF Autographed
Auxiliary markings B/4 Back stamp Booklet pane
Bullseye Cachet Cachetmaker Cancel
CDS Ceremony program Classic Coil
Combo Commemorative Commercial FDCs Contract station
Corner card Counterfeit Cover Crash cover
CXL Definitive Designated First Day Dial
Dual cancel Duplex cancel EDC EFO
EKU Electric eye (EE) Embossing Engraved
Error Esoterica Event Cover Event Program
Fancy Cancel Favor Cancel FD FDC
FDOI FFC Filler First Cachet
First Day First Day Cover Flag Cancel Flocked
Forgery Frank Freak General purpose (GP)
Hand cancel (HC) Hand drawn (H/D) Hand painted (H/P) or Hand colored (H/C) Handmade (H/M)
HC, H/C, H/D, H/M, H/P HPO IA Inaugural cover
Indicia Joint Issue Killer Bars LA
Last Day Lithography, or litho LL Local Post
LR LSASE Luminescent Machine cancel (MC)
Maximum card Mellone catalog Mylar Nondenominated
Obliterator OE Official Official cachet
Official FDC Offset OT PA
Paraphilatelic Patriotic or patriotic cachet PB Peelable label
Philatelic center Photocachet Pictorial Planty Catalogue
Plug cancel PNC POD Polysleeve
Post card Postage due Postal card Postal stationery
Postcancelled (post dated, back dated) Postique Postmark PR
Precancel Predate Presentation album Presidentials
Prexy Printed cachets Program Rag content
Rate Registry cancel Regular issue RPO
RSA RSC Rubberstamp (R/S) cachet SASE
Scott Second day cover Self-Adhesive Selvage
Service Servicer SGL Ship cancel
Show cancel Silk cachet Slogan cancel Socked-on-the-nose (SOTN)
Souvenir card Souvenir program Sponsor (cachet) Sponsored cachet
Station cancel Stuffer Tagged Thematic
Thermography Tied Toning Topical
Tradename UA UL Unaddressed (UA)
Uncacheted Universal Postal Union (U.P.U.) Unofficial cancel Unofficial FDC (UO)