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Cachet Maker Association members share information about the methods, materials, and postal policies concerning the production of cachets.

What is a Cachet?

Stamp collectors define a Cachet (pronounced ka-shay as a miniature work of art and/or decorative text on the face of a mailing envelope, usually a first day cover. Stamp collectors use the word cover instead of envelope.

Sample First Day Cover


The term First Day refers to the date when a new stamp is first put on sale (issued) by postal authorities. FDCs provide an entertaining and educational hobby for people of all backgrounds.


We Meet Once a Year

Members of the CMA meet at the convention of the American First Day Cover Society. The CMA is Chapter 65 of the AFDCS. You can learn all about the AFDCS at their award-winning website.


Night Owl Bourse

Saturday evening of the three-day annual AFDCS convention is set aside for collectors to visit their favorite cachet makers in an open area of the convention hotel. This mini marketplace is called a bourse.


Photos of the 2017 Night Owl Bourse will display by permission from photographer Rick Gibson, after the web master fixes the cycling banner jscript.


Night Owl Photo Banner



Our Newsletter, The Left-Sider News

Our newsletter is named the Left-Sider News because when the newsletter started in 1989, most cachet makers placed their designs on the left side of the envelope. See some early newsletter editions by visiting our library of PDF archived files.



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