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COLLECTIBLES
Some Audie Murphy Memorabilia.

Cachets and First Day Covers
Envelopes honoring Audie Murphy bearing customized artwork and/or stamps bearing a first day issue cancellation mark.
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According to Dictionary.com the philatelic definition of the word cachet is a firm name, slogan, or design stamped or printed on an envelope or folded letter. Dictionary.com also reports that a first day cover is a cover marked so as to indicate that it was mailed on the first day of issue of the stamp it bears and from one of the cities at which the stamp was issued on that day. It is not surprising that Audie Murphy has had a number of cachets and first day covers issued in his honor. Some also bear his own commemorative stamp.

First day cover and cachet honoring Audie Murphy. Image provided by Betty Tate. Click image for a larger view.

This first day cover of the National World War II Memorial located in Washington, D.C. was issued on May 29, 2004. The cancellation mark of the stamp bears the city of Washington, D.C. and the zip code of 20066. The special decorative printing honors Audie Murphy includes a short biography of Audie Murphy, an image of the 3rd Infantry Division shoulder patch, and an image of the combat infantry badge. The image was contributed by Ms. Betty Tate and can be clicked for a larger view.

First day cover and cachet honoring Audie Murphy. Image provided by Betty Tate. Click image for a larger view.

This first day cover is issued May 29, 2004 in the city of Washington D.C., zip code 20066, and also commemorates the World War II memorial. The cover is very colorful and bears the image of Audie Murphy and the memorial overlooking the mall in Washington D.C. The caption says "Major Audie Murphy US Army Most Decorated Combat Soldier of World War II." The image was contributed by Ms. Betty Tate and can be clicked for a larger view.

First day cover and cachet honoring Audie Murphy. Image provided by Betty Tate. Click image for a larger view.

Another first day cover of the National World War II Memorial located in Washington, D.C. was issued on May 29, 2004. The cancellation mark of the stamp bears the city of Washington, D.C. and the zip code of 20066. The special decorative printing includes an image of the memorial and one of Audie Murphy. The envelope bears two stamps: the Medal of Honor commemorative stamp and the World War II Memorial stamp. Audie Murphy is quoted on the envelope saying "The real heroes were the ones with the wooden crosses." The image was contributed by Ms. Betty Tate and can be clicked for a larger view.

First day cover and cachet honoring Audie Murphy and General Joseph W. Stillwell. Image provided by Betty Tate. Click image for a larger view.

This is a first day cover and cachet of the honoring General Joseph W. Stillwell and Audie Murphy. It was issued on August 24, 2000 in the city of Providence, Rhode Island and bears the zip code of 02904. Afixed to the envelope are three stamps: a 4 cent American Flag stamp, the 33 cent Audie Murphy commemorative stamp, and a 10 cent Joseph W. Stillwell stamp. It also bears a picture of General Stillwell conferring with chinese army generals over attack plans taken in March of 1944. The image was contributed by Ms. Betty Tate and can be clicked for a larger view.

souvenir program from the first day dedication ceremony for the Audie Murphy Commemorative Stamp. Images provided by Betty Tate. Click image for a PDF version of the entire program.

This is an portion of page three from the actual souvenir program used during the official dedication ceremony of the Audie Murphy Commemorative Stamp held in Washington D.C. The stamp was issued as one of 4 stamps honoring distinguished service members from American military history. Inside the program an actual cancelled stamp was affixed to the page bearing the date May 3, 2000, Washington D.C., and zip code 20066. Images provided by Betty Tate. To view all 4 pages of the program in PDF file format, just click the image.

First day cover and cachet honoring Audie Murphy. Image provided by Betty Tate. Click image for a larger view.

This is a first day cover and cachet of the Audie Murphy commemorative stamp issued May 3, 2000 in the city of Washington D.C., zip code 20066. On the left side it bears a photograph from the 1955 movie TO HELL AND BACK depicting Audie Murphy on a burning tank destroyer. The image was contributed by Ms. Betty Tate and can be clicked for a larger view.

First day cover and cachet honoring Audie Murphy. Image provided by Betty Tate. Click image for a larger view.

This is another first day cover and cachet of the Audie Murphy commemorative stamp issued May 3, 2000 in the city of Washington D.C., zip code 20066. On the left side it bears a photograph from the 1955 movie TO HELL AND BACK depicting Audie Murphy holding a machine gun. The image was contributed by Ms. Betty Tate and can be clicked for a larger view.

First day cover and cachet honoring Audie Murphy. Image provided by Betty Tate. Click image for a larger view.

This cachet bears a photograph of Audie Murphy in dress military uniform. It bears the May 3, 2000 Audie Murphy commorative stamp and was cancelled as a first day of issue in the city of Washington D.C., zip code 20066. The image was contributed by Ms. Betty Tate and can be clicked for a larger view.

First day cover and cachet honoring Audie Murphy. Image provided by Betty Tate. Click image for a larger view.

A First Day Cover cachet of the Audie Murphy commemorative stamp issued May 3, 2000 in the city of Washington D.C., zip code 20066. The left side depicts a publicity photo from the film THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE of Audie Murphy unsheathing a sword. The image was contributed by Ms. Betty Tate and can be clicked for a larger view.

First day cover and cachet honoring Audie Murphy. Image provided by Betty Tate. Click image for a larger view.

This unusual first day cover was cancelled on more than one occassion and bears multiple stamps. It is illustrated with a graphic and the words "Freedom of Speech, of Worship, From Want, From Fear." The oldest stamp is a 3 cent World War II "Victory" stamp. It also has a 32 cent stamp from 1995 commemorating hometowns that honored their returning veterans in 1945. These first two stamps were cancelled on September 6, 1995 at the American Legion Station in Indianapolis, Indiana and show a zip code of 46225. The cancellation mark includes artwork commemorating the 50th anniversary of the victory and end of World War II. The third stamp is the Audie Murphy Commemorative Stamp cancelled on May 3, 2000 in the city of Washington D.C. at zip code 20066. The image was contributed by Ms. Betty Tate and can be clicked

Hand painted cachet honoring Audie Murphy. Image provided by Julian Pugh, cachet artist.

On June 2, 1997 the city of Greenville, Texas in conjunction with the United States Postal Service honored Audie Murphy with a special cancellation mark on mail sent through the Greenville, Texas main post office. The envelope bears that cancellation mark. This particular envelope is also hand painted with an image of Audie Murphy wearing his Medal of Honor. The cachet comes with a brief biography of Audie Murphy and is signed and numbered by the artist, Mr. Julian Pugh. More information about Mr. Pugh's hand-painted cachets are available at http://www.pughcachets.com.

Cachet honoring Audie Murphy. Image provided by Betty Tate. Click image for a larger view.

This cachet is illustgrated with a photograph of the July 16, 1945 front cover of Life Magazine showing Audie Murphy. The envelope bears a 29 cent stamp of the First Liberty ship and is cancelled on December 7, 1993 which is the anniversary of the attack on Peral Harbor. The cancellation mark includes a line drawing of the USS Arizona Memorial. The image was contributed by Ms. Betty Tate and can be clicked for a larger view.

Cachet honoring Audie Murphy. Image provided by Betty Tate. Click image for a larger view.

This uncancelled cachet bears a photograph of Audie Murphy in full dress uniform. It includes an embossed 20 cent stamp of the Purple Heart. Other detail on the cachet honors Audie Murphy as a Freemason and provides the dates of Audie's association with various degrees and lodges of freemasonry. The image was contributed by Ms. Betty Tate and can be clicked for a larger view.

First day cover and cachet honoring Audie Murphy and Masonic heroes of World War II. Image provided by Betty Tate. Click image for a larger view.

This first day cover honors Masonic heroes of World War II. It depicts an image of Audie Murphy in full military uniform and the caption identifies the masonic lodge in Hollywood which he was a member. The date of the cover is January 4, 1968 and it was issued in New York city. The image was contributed by Ms. Betty Tate and can be clicked for a larger view.

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