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Welcome to the official web site of the American First Day Cover Society's Claude C. Ries Chapter. Chapter #48 is one of the most active Chapters in the AFDCS. The Ries Chapter serves all of Southern California and has members in many states. We have several meetings each year at both stamp shows and at member's houses, including our world famous annual Yule Tuber party.

Press Release

AFDCS Ries Chapter to Publish Catalog of Dave Bennett Covers

Michael Litvak, President of the Claude C. Ries Chapter #48 of the American First Day Cover Society, announced today that the chapter will publish its first book for release at Americover, the 57th annual AFDCS convention, to be held this year in Irvine, Calif., August 10-12.

          Dave Bennett’s Ries Chapter Event Covers will feature the whimsical fun of the covers produced for Ries Chapter events by professional cartoonist and one of today’s most popular cachetmakers, Dave Bennett.

          Included in this 128-page, full-color book will be images of the many amusing covers that Bennett has made for over 20 years as souvenirs for Ries Chapter members for their annual Taco Fest, Summer BBQ and Yule Tuber parties.

          Also included in the catalog are covers for special Ries Chapter events, as well as an appendix of Bennett artwork done to publicize the events. In addition to the cover images, detailed information is provided about Bennett’s artistic concepts and uniquely creative production methods that will delight and educate all who appreciate the challenges involved in making beautiful cachets.

          All of these covers were made in limited quantities. Thus, this will be a unique opportunity to see and enjoy these special covers in one publication.

          The catalog is offered with two styles of bindings, either a spiral binding or a perfect binding. The spiral binding can accommodate future planned supplements.

          The price is $29.95, which includes sales tax, packing and shipping to any continental U.S. address. A special pre-publication price of $24.95 will apply to all orders for which payment is made prior to July 15. Please specify the preferred binding and mail a check or money order, payable to “Ries Chapter”, to Kathy Clements, 3976 Olmsted Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90008-2626. Quantity discounts for orders of 10 or more are available by contacting Clements at


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