Fun With Flickr

The Tactical Design Flickr Account

I haven’t yet had the opportunity to scan all the images I’ll be using for my site, so I uploaded one set of cachet images and a few trial sets of travel images. I posted most of the information last week, but only posted it on my account and not on the class account.

Something I discovered while uploading images to Flikr, if you have already included any metadata tags to the images (in my case I tagged the Shuttle Cachets using Adobe Bridge) that data shows up in the tags field in Flikr, in the lower right section of the window. This will save me a lot of time and reduce the potential to tag one image differently in the two separate locations.


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About Brian

Tactical Design Cachets is one-man show. Brian Dumas is the owner, bookkeeper, designer, janitor, and tech support. A graphic designer by trade (and by nature), Brian started collecting stamps in the late 1970′s. 
He later became interested in first day covers in general and cachets in particular. He created his first cacheted cover for the First Supersonic Flight commemorative stamp in October 1997 and has been creating unique cachets ever since with an emphasis on military and space topics. He has also created cachets specifically for pictorial or special cancellations, such as for the launching of space missions, the commissioning of ships, or to commemorate other noteworthy events. Though he focuses primarily on United States issues he has also created cachets for releases in the Åland Islands of Finland.

4 thoughts on “Fun With Flickr

  1. Mark MacKay

    Those space cachets are cool. Did they actually ride up to and back from the international space station? Does it increase their value?

    There’s a lot of color on those cachets. Since they’re collectibles are you concerned about how they’ll age? Are they created on archival stock or with color fast inks that age without losing their strong color?

    PS: If my initials spelled “BAD” I’d use them.

    1. Brian Post author

      Hey Mark,

      Unfortunately, none of my covers are “flown” (taken aboard the Shuttle to the ISS), getting anything on a mission into space means convincing the crew to take it along with them as part of their Personal Preference Kit (PPK), or talking NASA into allowing for commercial cargo (which is possible, just very expensive for an individual cachet maker).

      If I could get a cover flown on a rocket, that would absolutely increase it’s value, particularly if it were flown on an historically significant mission (example: Apollo 11 flown covers would be more valuable than Apollo 15 covers).

      Currently, I do not use any archival quality paper for my covers (I do use acid-free glue) and the images are made using a CLC (Color Laser Copier) printer, where the color comes from toner that is fused onto the paper. They will hold their color better than ink jet printers where the porosity of the paper can subdue the image. I also leave the covers (collector’s term for the envelope) open so anyone can add an acid absorbing insert if they want.

      My oldest cover is from ’97 and I haven’t seen any fading or discoloring in that time. I do have covers in my collection from the early 1900’s (when no one was worried about archival quality anything) and aside from the glue strip turning the paper dark brown, they have aged pretty well considering how they were stored and handled.

      Most collectors these days store their covers in archival sleeves, well away from UV light sources so covers manufactured today will last quite a bit longer than they would have in the past. The newer sleeves are also designed to avoid sticking to the surface of whatever is placed inside, which turned out to be a big issue when the US Postal Service started producing the glossy surface, self-adhesive stamps.

      Thanks for your feedback and questions.



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