FDC Pieces and More

A First Day Cover has a cachet, a stamp, and a cancel:
Cachet: another work by Walker Evans Stamp honoring Walker Evans First Day of Issue postmark

First Day Cover Glossary

stamp, postage
Adhesive paper representing postal fees paid for delivery of mail.
cancel
The postmark on a stamp that indicates usage by defacing it.
cachet
Artwork and text applied to the face of an envelope.
combo
One or more thematically related stamps affixed to an FDC.
dial
Circular portion of a postmark, usually containing the date, city, state, and zip.
event cover
A cacheted cover, not an FDC, prepared as a souvenir of a specific event or anniversary of an event.
FDOI
First day of issue. The day a new stamp was first available for sale.
Killer bars
The horizontal lines of a postmark which cancel the stamp.

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