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Elwood Etter's Cook Covers - Part 2

 

I have reviewed the original listing of Elwood Etter covers supplied by Jack Lewis [see Part 1]. My study, while still incomplete, reveals the following additions, corrections and minor differences to the listing supplied by Jack. A brief note to begin with is that Elwood Obviously made variations of each cover for each event, as I have several covers which are similar, the only difference being one of each has birch bark while the other has no birch bark. This in effect would mean in some cases where Jack has listed one item as having, for eg., birch bark, there are in fact two different versions of that cover, one with and one without bark attached. My initial findings are presented below and I will update the list when more time is available to research (and find) my other Etter covers. Only differences from the original listing are noted.

 

   
  Postmark Date Cachet Color
19       Also exists Brown Only
31       Purple (Not Brown)
33       Also exists Red & Blue on Birch Bark
36   Also exists
28th March, 1978.
  Also exists Red & Blue on Birch Bark.
37       Also exists Blue & Orange.
39       Same colours but no map
47       Also exists not on birch bark.
49       Also exists not on birch bark.
56       Also exists not on birch bark.
57       Also exists not on birch bark.
58       Should be Brown and Blue on Birch Bark.
60       Also exists not on birch bark.
61       Also exists not on birch bark.
66       Also exists not on birch bark.
67       Also exists not on birch bark.
70       Also exists not on birch bark.
71   Also exists
16th Sep, 1978.
  Also exists not on birch bark.
76     Also exists overprinted on Aristocrat Cachet. Red only.
77     Also exists overprinted on Aristocrat Cachet. Red only.
88       Red and Blue.
96       Also exists not on birch bark.
100       Also exists not on birch bark.
106       Also exists not on birch bark.
109       Should be Brown and Black.
110       Also exists on Silk.
114       Also exists not on Silk.
NEW Air Force Postal Service (APO) 16th July, 1978 Cape Newenham: Mr Williamson was sent ashore... etc. Red & Blue on birch bark.
On reverse: Black handstamp of USAF for Cook's Visit.
NEW Coos Bay, OR 11th March, 1978 Arrival New Albion - Cape Gregory. Red & Blue
NEW Kodiak, AK 9th June, 1978 Shelikof Strait Near Kodiak Island... Blue & Red
NEW Unalaska, AK 28th June, 1978 Anchored Oonalashka, Native Canoe...to Bartar. Blue & Red
NEW Unalaska, AK 2nd July, 1978 Leaving Samganooda Harbour... Blue & Red
NEW Air Force Postal Service (APO) 21st August, 1978 Turned back from Polar Ice: Sight/Name Cape Lisburne.. Red & Blue on birch bark

 

From the above there are at least 29 new additions or variations and a few corrections. It could be possible that most of the covers exist both with and without birch bark, which could put a collection of Etter covers over the 200 mark.

Daryl R. Kibble


Originally published in Cook's Log, page 898, volume 16, number 1 (1993).

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