First Day Cover: Jour. D’Emission, 7 April 1981.
A first day cover (FDC) is a postage stamp on a cover, postal card or stamped envelope franked on the first day of issue.
This envelope’s franking bears the legend “A very long time ago…” in medieval style, with a decorated capitalised ‘A’ with a dragon-like creature seated on the letter’s crossbar. Below is the logo of the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (ECPT).
Affixed to the envelope are four stamps showing:
1op: “A Legend of La Hougue Bie” showing an armoured knight battling a dragon. La Hougue Bie is a neolithic site in the Jersey parish of Grouville. Considered to be one of the ten oldest buildings in the world, the site’s earth mound is topped by a twelfth century medieval chapel. The stamp recalls a Jersey legend that a terrible dragon one lived on the island, and was eventually slain by Seigneur de Hambye of Normandy.
10p: “A Legend of La Hougue Bie”. This stamp is a further illustration from the tale of Seigneur de Hambye and the dragon. According to the legend, after de Hambye slew the dragon, he lay down to rest, but the Knight’s squire, seeking glory for himself, slew his master.
18p: “The Easter Voyage of St. Brelade” showing a group of monks praying atop a small island. According to this legend, St. Brelade set out with a party of his fellows to search for the Blessed Isles. Wishing to celebrate Easter, they find a small island in the ocean.
18p: “The Easter Voyage of St. Brelade”. This stamp shows the conclusion of the legend, which tells that after the monks re-embarked aboard their ship, the island – in actuality a whale – swam off.