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-eight years I have produced 382 different Anon E Mouse designs. This page tells how my designs and reproduction methods evolved.

How to Make More Than One

Here are my earliest reproduction methods, in the order I began using them. All still 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

"How Now Brown Mouse"

In 1999, and again in 2006, I displayed a philatelic exhibit at the AFDCS AMERICOVER show. In March 2020, I scanned the exhibit pages into five PDF files. Each file has sixteen pages, matching the order arranged in the exhibit frames. The files are large and may take several seconds to load.

  1. FRAME ONE. Designs Transferred to Envelope, A.1. to A.2.b.2. Size 5.82 MB.
  2. FRAME TWO. Designs Transfers, continued A.2.b.3. to A.2.b.7. Size 5.61 MB.
  3. FRAME THREE. Offset Printing and Photocopy Fabrication, B.1. to C.1.b. Size 4.98 MB
  4. FRAME FOUR. Photocopy Fabrication continued, C1.c. to C.3.c. Size 4.83 MB.
  5. FRAME FIVE. Computer Cachets, with and without hand finishing. Size 5.39 MB.

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Cynthia Scott
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