The Evolution of Anon E Mouse Cachets

Collectors are often curious about creative steps in the cachet production process. Exhibitors want to know something about the person who made the covers they display. Scholars of FDC history also appreciate details about cachets and the people who made them.

I began making cachets for first day covers in 1981. Cachet making has been an avocation, squeezed in between more pressing life events. Over the past thirty years I have produced 330 different designs. This page tells how my designs and reproduction methods evolved.

How to Make More Than One

Here is a list of reproduction methods used, roughly in the order I began using them. All but the last required hand coloring with pencils. Linked words take you to a three-page PDF document that illustrates samples and describes the process.

Loafpan Light. Tracing with a light box. home-made lightbox

  1. Traced the original by pressing on carbon paper (First Cachets)
  2. Traced the original over a loaf pan and night light (Desert Cacti)
  3. Traced the orginal over a home-made wooden light box (Two Presidents)
  4. Photocopied black and white drawings (Legends of Music)
  5. Drew part of the design on PC but finished by hand
  6. Entire design created on my PC

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Cynthia Scott
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Columbus IN 47203

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