first day cover

first-day cover

[furst-dey, -dey]
noun Philately.
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.

Origin:
1935–40

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first-day cover
 
n
philately a cover, usually an envelope, postmarked on the first day of the issue of its stamps

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