Is This The Last FDC From Iceland That Can Be Created By A Foreign Collector???
Back in August, POSTPHIL - the philatelic service branch of Iceland Post that sells stamps to collectors worldwide - announced that they would be closing that department at the end of 2019, thereby making the acquisition of new issues, officially-serviced ... Read More
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- First Day Cover
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- Holidays & Christmas
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Item DescriptionBack in August, POSTPHIL - the philatelic service branch of Iceland Post that sells stamps to collectors worldwide - announced that they would be closing that department at the end of 2019, thereby making the acquisition of new issues, officially-serviced FDCs, and other philatelic products, nearly impossible for those of us outside the country.
That makes this FDC for Iceland's 2019 Christmas stamps possibly the last collector-cacheted cover to receive Iceland's special pictorial first day of issue cancels, now that philatelic services are ending.
I am saddened that this may end the long string of 'Puffin Cachets' FDCs that I have been sending to Iceland for servicing since 1988. I had a terrific relationship with POSTPHIL over those many years and experienced nothing but superior and cheerful service.
I couldn't let the opportunity pass, so this cachet was designed for our local FDC Club's annual 'Yule Tuber' Christmas Party, applied to 40 official Iceland Post FDCs, and handed out to the party attendees. It depicts two 'Tuber Folk' waving goodbye to the Iceland Post ship and its Puffin captain, as it sails off into the sunset!
The reverse of the cover, and a special enclosure, tell the sad story. The two Iceland Christmas stamps, depicting traditional-style Christams trees, are cancelled with what will probably be the last Icelandic pictorial FDoI cancel, which shows a traditional basket-woven tree ornament.
It's the end of an era - for Puffin Cachets, and for collectors the world over who have loved collecting Iceland stamps.
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