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(F) Forerunner ( Union Cards )    The International Plate Printers, Die Stampers and Engravers Union (IPPDS&EU) formed from a confederation of smaller unions in 1893. After a few years special cards, typically engraved, were produced for social events and conventions. The conventions soon became a showcase for the various Union affiliates and folders with numerous cards were printed and distributed; these were sometimes bound into booklet form. Since these early cards pre-date any "official" souvenir card program, they were designated "Forerunners" (F) in the SCCS numbering system. Union cards continue to be produced up to the present, making the forerunner designation somewhat awkward, but for the sake of continuity it remains in place. Production records were not kept for most of these cards, but today early cards are all quite scarce and even contemporary convention folders tend to have print runs in the low hundreds.

SCCS #:  F-1973B
Show/event:  75th IPPDS&EU Convention - DC
Year:  1973
Dimensions:  7.875" x 10
# Printed:  8-10,000 est.
# Sold:  
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Four Washington, DC statues (Grief, Lincoln, Puck, Eternal Vigilance) in multi-color intaglio
SCCS #:  F-1975A(a)
Show/event:  76th IPPDS&EU Convention - NYC
Year:  1975
Dimensions:  9.5" x 11"
# Printed:  5,000
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Numismatic
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Reprint of 1854 Lewiston Falls Bank obsolete note in brown intaglio
SCCS #:  F-1975A(b)
Show/event:  76th IPPDS&EU Convention - NYC
Year:  1975
Dimensions:  9.5" x 11"
# Printed:  5,000
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Intaglio portraits in black of Washington, Franklin, Jefferson and Declaration of Independence in microlettering
SCCS #:  F-1975D(a)
Show/event:  76th IPPDS&EU Convention - NYC
Year:  1975
Dimensions:  8.5" x 11"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Folder, intaglio printed, Statue of Liberty on front
SCCS #:  F-1975D(b)
Show/event:  76th IPPDS&EU Convention - NYC
Year:  1975
Dimensions:  8" x 10"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  BEP bldg., Revolutionary War flag, cannon, soldiers, message from BEP director
SCCS #:  F-1975D(c)
Show/event:  76th IPPDS&EU Convention - NYC
Year:  1975
Dimensions:  8" x 10"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Best Wishes from ABNCo with three female figures in blue intaglio
SCCS #:  F-1975D(d)
Show/event:  76th IPPDS&EU Convention - NYC
Year:  1975
Dimensions:  8" x 10"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Statue of Liberty surrounded by ships in harbor, blue intaglio, same vignette as N-1
SCCS #:  F-1975D(e)
Show/event:  76th IPPDS&EU Convention - NYC
Year:  1975
Dimensions:  8" x 10"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Paul Revere portrait with facsimile signature in blue intaglio
SCCS #:  F-1975D(f)
Show/event:  76th IPPDS&EU Convention - NYC
Year:  1975
Dimensions:  8" x 10"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Two Rev. War vignettes in blue intaglio - "Storming Stony Point" and "Continental" (soldier)
SCCS #:  F1979B
Show/event:  IPPDS&EU Snipes benefit card
Year:  1979
Dimensions:  8.125" x 11
# Printed:  2,500
# Sold:  
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Liberty rising from clouds (same vignette as B-230), proceeds went to pay medical bills of Union president Edward Snipes.
SCCS #:  F1981B
Show/event:  79th IPPDS&EU Convention - DC
Year:  1981
Dimensions:  8.5" x 11"
# Printed:  5,000
# Sold:  
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Numismatic
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Embarkation of Pilgrims design from unissued $2 Treasury note. Sold to public separately from folder.
SCCS #:  F1981C
Show/event:  NAPEX 81 - Arlington, VA
Year:  1981
Dimensions:  7" x 9"
# Printed:  1,500
# Sold:  
Printer:  Unknown
Type:  Philatelic
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Photo-offset printing of 1931 3 Red Cross stamp and NAPEX medallion
SCCS #:  F-1982A
Show/event:  NAPEX 82 - Arlington, VA
Year:  1982
Dimensions:  8" x 10"
# Printed:  1,500
# Sold:  
Printer:  YEC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Color offset U.S. flag, with intaglio eagle below, by Yorkshire Engraving Co.
SCCS #:  F-1982B
Show/event:  BALPEX 82 - Baltimore
Year:  1982
Dimensions:  7.5" x 8.5"
# Printed:  1,500
# Sold:  
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Great Seal of U.S., color lithograph (same as PV 400), embossed "BALPEX '82" at top
SCCS #:  F-1982C
Show/event:  BALPEX 82 - Baltimore
Year:  1982
Dimensions:  9.5" x 12.5"
# Printed:  89
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Printed as spider press intaglio demo print at show, Lincoln portrait with Getttysburg Address, embossed Union logo
SCCS #:  F-1983A
Show/event:  80th IPPDS&EU Convention - NYC
Year:  1983
Dimensions:  8" x 10"
# Printed:  6,000
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Numismatic
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  $! Obsolete note from North Berwick Bank, sold to public separately from folder.
SCCS #:  F-1983B(a)
Show/event:  80th IPPDS&EU Convention - NYC
Year:  1983
Dimensions:  8.75" x 11"
# Printed:  350
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  Image
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Folder, intaglio printed, North America map on front, and American Bank Note logo on back [Image] containing 7 intaglio cards and 9 offset advertising cards; red and blue tassles along the side.
SCCS #:  F-1983B(b)
Show/event:  80th IPPDS&EU Convention - NYC
Year:  1983
Dimensions:  10" x 8"
# Printed:  500
# Sold:  
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Three Medals of Honor, embossed and engraved in five colors. Similar to F1983C but with "Fraternal Greetings" text from Washington Local No. 2 at bottom. 150 extras were printed.
SCCS #:  F-1983B(c)
Show/event:  80th IPPDS&EU Convention - NYC
Year:  1983
Dimensions:  10" x 8"
# Printed:  350
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  View of New York and Brooklyn Bridge in black ink, with names of NYC Local 58 officers
SCCS #:  F-1983B(d)
Show/event:  80th IPPDS&EU Convention - NYC
Year:  1983
Dimensions:  10" x 8"
# Printed:  350
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Empire State Building vignette in black ink, with names of Local 26 members
SCCS #:  F-1983B(e)
Show/event:  80th IPPDS&EU Convention - NYC
Year:  1983
Dimensions:  10" x 8"
# Printed:  350
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Statue of Liberty vignette in black with best wishes to convention delegates from NY Local 29
SCCS #:  F-1983B(f)
Show/event:  80th IPPDS&EU Convention - NYC
Year:  1983
Dimensions:  10" x 8"
# Printed:  350
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Two vignettes of Writing and Signing of the Declaration of Independence and portraits of various signers in blue ink
SCCS #:  F-1983B(g)
Show/event:  80th IPPDS&EU Convention - NYC
Year:  1983
Dimensions:  10.5" x 8.5"
# Printed:  350
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Central vignette of sailor and Native American, with lathe patterns and numerals in blue ink
SCCS #:  F-1983B(h)
Show/event:  80th IPPDS&EU Convention - NYC
Year:  1983
Dimensions:  10.5" x 7"
# Printed:  350
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Five nautical vignettes (circa 1850s), two tall ships and three sailors in blue ink
SCCS #:  F-1983C
Show/event:  NAPEX 83 - Arlington, VA
Year:  1983
Dimensions:  8" x 10"
# Printed:  2,000
# Sold:  
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Three Medals of Honor, embossed and engraved in five colors. Similar to F-1983B(b) but with text at bottom for Napex Int'l Philatelic Exhibition with show dates and IPPDS&EU triangle.
SCCS #:  F-1983F
Show/event:  BALPEX 83 - Baltimore
Year:  1983
Dimensions:  10" x 8"
# Printed:  2,000
# Sold:  
Printer:  Unknown
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Intaglio portrait of Geo. Washington and vignette of Maryland State House, with text in offset.
SCCS #:  F-1984A
Show/event:  NAPEX 84 - Arlington, VA
Year:  1984
Dimensions:  8" x 10"
# Printed:  2,000
# Sold:  
Printer:  WL2
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Three intaglio vignettes - Washington on horseback (2) and U.S. Capitol building.
SCCS #:  F-1985D
Show/event:  81st IPPDS&EU Convention - Ottawa
Year:  1985
Dimensions:  9" x 11.5"
# Printed:  2,500
# Sold:  
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Enlarged eagle on rock vignette in black intaglio, with text in red, blue, and brown
SCCS #:  F-1985I
Show/event:  75th Anniversary Boy Scouts Jamboree
Year:  1985
Dimensions:  5" x 8"
# Printed:  Unknown
# Sold:  
Printer:  Unknown
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Small proof card with BSA logo over diamond with numeral 75 in olive-brown intaglio; did not print well and plate was re-engraved. Not widely distributed.
SCCS #:  F-1985K
Show/event:  75th Anniversary Boy Scouts Jamboree
Year:  1985
Dimensions:  5" x 8"
# Printed:  25,000
# Sold:  
Printer:  Unknown
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Small card with BSA logo over diamond with numeral 75, in red-brown intaglio, scored horizontally for folding; given out at event.
SCCS #:  F-1986A
Show/event:  Bank Note Engraver's Guild "Wiram card"
Year:  1986
Dimensions:  7" x 9"
# Printed:  1,350
# Sold:  
Printer:  NEC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  BEP engraver Thomas Hipschen engraved portrait of Kenneth Wiram for his 50th anniversary banquet; printed in brown intaglio by Nussmeier Engraving Co.
SCCS #:  F-1986F
Show/event:  Bank Note Engraver's Guild of NY council mtg - Lake George, NY
Year:  1986
Dimensions:  8" x 10"
# Printed:  343
# Sold:  
Printer:  BNEGNY
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Three rectangular intaglio vignettes - engraving tools, sailboat on lake (blue), and Guild membership card (red)
SCCS #:  F-1987A
Show/event:  82nd IPPDS&EU Convention - Philadelphia
Year:  1987
Dimensions:  8" x 10"
# Printed:  1,600
# Sold:  
Printer:  WL2
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Three locomotive vignettes, in blue ink, sold to public separately from convention folder.
SCCS #:  F-1987B
Show/event:  82nd IPPDS&EU Convention - Philadelphia
Year:  1987
Dimensions:  8" x 10"
# Printed:  1,600
# Sold:  
Printer:  WL2
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Three different locomotive vignettes, in brown ink, sold to public separately from convention folder.
SCCS #:  F-1987G
Show/event:  82nd IPPDS&EU Convention - Philadelphia
Year:  1987
Dimensions:  11" x 14"
# Printed:  330
# Sold:  
Printer:  WL2
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Six locomotive vignettes from F-1987A&B in black ink on oversize card
SCCS #:  F-1987E(a)
Show/event:  82nd IPPDS&EU Convention - Philadelphia
Year:  1987
Dimensions:  9" x 11"
# Printed:  200 (est.)
# Sold:  
Printer:  USBNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Folder w/ large vignette of Liberty Bel and Union logo, containing 5 intaglio cards and 10 offset advertising cards
SCCS #:  F-1987E(b)
Show/event:  82nd IPPDS&EU Convention - Philadelphia
Year:  1987
Dimensions:  6" x 8"
# Printed:  200 (est.)
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Large vignette of allegorical female figure with shield, flag and eagle, red ink
SCCS #:  F-1987E(c)
Show/event:  82nd IPPDS&EU Convention - Philadelphia
Year:  1987
Dimensions:  6" x 8"
# Printed:  200 (est.)
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Large vignette of allegorical female figure holding wheat sheaf and branch (Agriculture), red ink
SCCS #:  F-1987E(d)
Show/event:  82nd IPPDS&EU Convention - Philadelphia
Year:  1987
Dimensions:  10" x 8"
# Printed:  200 (est.)
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Large vignette of old New York City skyline and letterhead text for Local 28-58, purple ink
SCCS #:  F-1987E(e)
Show/event:  82nd IPPDS&EU Convention - Philadelphia
Year:  1987
Dimensions:  8" x 10"
# Printed:  200 (est.)
# Sold:  
Printer:  ABNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Statue of Liberty vignette in purple with best wishes to convention delegates from NY Local 29
SCCS #:  F-1987E(f)
Show/event:  82nd IPPDS&EU Convention - Philadelphia
Year:  1987
Dimensions:  8.5" x 10.5"
# Printed:  200 (est.)
# Sold:  
Printer:  USBNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Vignette of gold miner (same as SO-1) under header for USBNC with "Bit of Americana" text
SCCS #:  F-1987F(a)
Show/event:  82nd IPPDS&EU Convention Donegan Benquet
Year:  1987
Dimensions:  6.25" x 8" folded
# Printed:  150
# Sold:  
Printer:  USBNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Folder with blue intaglio text in memory of James Donegan, Jr. with a red vertical stripe running down the right side (blank inside)
SCCS #:  F-1987F(b)
Show/event:  82nd IPPDS&EU Convention Donegan Benquet
Year:  1987
Dimensions:  5" x 7" folded
# Printed:  150
# Sold:  
Printer:  USBNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Smaller folder with blue triangular union logo, facsimile signatures, and a large 82 on the front, with banquet menu inside.
SCCS #:  F-1987F(c)
Show/event:  82nd IPPDS&EU Convention Donegan Benquet
Year:  1987
Dimensions:  6.25" x 8" folded
# Printed:  150
# Sold:  
Printer:  USBNC
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Info Sheet:  none
Notes:  Single-sided card with intaglio portrait of James Donegan in blue ink
















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