Reference Covers


It has always been my intention to make this website a visual resource for collectors of British first day covers. If you think that you have any BRITISH first day covers not on the website (NOT souvenir covers*), and would like these featured, please email me in the first instance at brad@bfdc.co.uk giving brief details of what you have. I am looking for different envelope designs to the ones currently on my website.

I cannot always promise, but I will do my best to answer you within a couple of days.

Click to view All of our reference covers or select a year to view from below.
1800s1890
1910s1910191119121913191419151916191719181919
1920s1920192119221923192419251926192719281929
1930s1930193119321933193419351936193719381939
1940s1940194119421943194419451946194719481949
1950s1950195119521953195419551956195719581959
1960s1960196119621963196419651966196719681969
1970s1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
1980s1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
1990s1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
2000s2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
2010s20102011201220132014201520162017

*First Day Covers are often confused with Souvenir (or Commemorative) Covers. However, although they may look similar, they differ in one important aspect, namely: Souvenir Covers are usually issued to coincide with the date of a specific event or anniversary, whereas First Day Covers are issued on the same date as the new stamps.