The Souvenir CardCollectors Society

 




(FB) Forerunner, BEP    The 1876 Centennial Share Certificate is generally accepted as the earliest "souvenir card" produced by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing. This massive, ornately engraved sheet was sold as a way to raise funds for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition and kept by many donors as a memento. It was reprinted by the BEP in 1988 as FB-1988B. Over the years the Bureau was often called on to produce commemorative programs, invitations, World's Fair souvenirs and award diplomas, and memorial cards. Though significant print runs of some early cards are known, these numbers can be deceptive, as relatively few examples survived. Since these specialty BEP cards are still being produced, "FB" catalog numbers remain in use despite the fact that they are technically no longer "forerunners." Because unknown cards are regularly discovered, the SCCS adopted a year-based numbering system for all the forerunner categories.

SCCS #:  FB-1882A
Show/event:  President James Garfield Memorial Service
Year:  1882
Dimensions:  6" x 9.75"
# Printed:  9,536
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Notes:  Portrait of Garfield surrounded by flags, Capitol and White House. Printed on smooth stock with black frame along border of card. This portrait was later used on currency.
SCCS #:  FB-1882A(a)
Show/event:  Frontispiece for "Memorial Address, Life and Character of James A. Garfield"
Year:  1882
Dimensions:  7" x 11"
# Printed:  26,229
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Notes:  Same design as FB1882A, but printed on larger card for inclusion in book. Book Cover. Printed on rougher card stock without black frame.
SCCS #:  FB-1885A
Show/event:  Washington Monument Dedication Ceremonies Invitation
Year:  1885
Dimensions:  6.5" x 9.5"
# Printed:  12,000
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Notes:  Portrait of Washington flanked by female figures and flags, with momument obelisk in background and text below. Printed on white glossy stock.
SCCS #:  FB-1885A(a)
Show/event:  Frontispiece for "Dedication of the Washington Monument"
Year:  1885
Dimensions:  6.75" x 10.25"
# Printed:  Unknown
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Notes:  Same design as FB1885A, but printed on larger card for inclusion in book. Book Cover. Printed on rougher, non-glossy card stock.
SCCS #:  FB-1885B
Show/event:  Washington Monument Dedication Ceremonies Invitation
Year:  1885
Dimensions:  6.5" x 9.5"
# Printed:  8,050
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Notes:  Same design as FB1885A, but printed on green colored glossy stock. These were presented with actual names filled in on invitation.
SCCS #:  FB-1915A(a)
Show/event:  Panama-Pacific Exposition - Title card
Year:  1915
Dimensions:  6.75" x 9.75"
# Printed:  Unknown
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Notes:  Part of seven card set sold by BEP at the expo. Portraits of President Wilson and VP Marshall, the Great Seal, Capitol and text.
SCCS #:  FB-1915A(b)
Show/event:  Panama-Pacific Exposition - Library of Congress
Year:  1915
Dimensions:  9.75" x 6.75"
# Printed:  Unknown
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Notes:  Part of seven card set; vignette of Library of Congress, with title below
SCCS #:  FB-1915A(c)
Show/event:  Panama-Pacific Exposition - White House
Year:  1915
Dimensions:  9.75" x 6.75"
# Printed:  Unknown
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Notes:  Part of seven card set; vignette of White House (south entrance) with title below
SCCS #:  FB-1915A(d)
Show/event:  Panama-Pacific Exposition - Treasury Bldg
Year:  1915
Dimensions:  9.75" x 6.75"
# Printed:  Unknown
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Notes:  Part of seven card set; vignette of Treasury Dept. Building, with title below
SCCS #:  FB-1915A(e)
Show/event:  Panama-Pacific Exposition - Eagle
Year:  1915
Dimensions:  9.75" x 6.75"
# Printed:  Unknown
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Notes:  Part of seven card set; vignette of eagle clutching arrows and lightning under "E Pluribus Unum" banner. Engraved by Lorenzo Hatch, known as the "Hatch eagle"
SCCS #:  FB-1915A(f)
Show/event:  Panama-Pacific Exposition - Capitol
Year:  1915
Dimensions:  9.75" x 6.75"
# Printed:  Unknown
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Notes:  Part of seven card set; vignette of Capitol Building, with "The Capitol" title below
SCCS #:  FB-1915A(g)
Show/event:  Panama-Pacific Exposition - Battleship
Year:  1915
Dimensions:  9.75" x 6.75"
# Printed:  Unknown
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Notes:  Part of seven card set; large vignette of dreadnought battleship, titled U.S.S. Nebraska.
SCCS #:  FB-1915B(a)
Show/event:  Panama-Pacific Exposition - Capitol postcard
Year:  1915
Dimensions:  5.375" x 3.125"
# Printed:  Unknown
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  Image
Notes:  Same vignette as FB-1915A(f), with text on back from govt. demonstration printing press
SCCS #:  FB-1915B(b)
Show/event:  Panama-Pacific Exposition - White House postcard
Year:  1915
Dimensions:  5.375" x 3.125"
# Printed:  Unknown
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Notes:  Same vignette as FB-1915A(c), with text on back from govt. demonstration printing press
SCCS #:  FB-1915B(c)
Show/event:  Panama-Pacific Exposition - Library of Congress postcard
Year:  1915
Dimensions:  5.375" x 3.125"
# Printed:  Unknown
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Notes:  Same vignette as FB-1915A(b), with text on back from govt. demonstration printing press
SCCS #:  FB-1915B(d)
Show/event:  Panama-Pacific Exposition - Treasury postcard
Year:  1915
Dimensions:  5.375" x 3.125"
# Printed:  Unknown
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Notes:  Same vignette as FB-1915A(d), with text on back from govt. demonstration printing press
SCCS #:  FB-1962A(a)
Show/event:   BEP Centennial book - Frontispiece
Year:  1962
Dimensions:  6.75" x 9.75"
# Printed:  5,984
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Notes:  Multicolor vignettes of Treasury Dept. and three BEP bldgs with titles and text, on bond paper.  Book Cover.
SCCS #:  FB-1962A(b)
Show/event:   BEP Centennial book - Great Seal
Year:  1962
Dimensions:  6.75" x 9.75"
# Printed:  5,984
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  blank
Notes:  Multicolor lithograph titled "Coat of Arms of the United States of America" on bond paper
SCCS #:  FB-1962A(c)
Show/event:   BEP Centennial book - Lincoln
Year:  1962
Dimensions:  6.75" x 9.75"
# Printed:  5,984
Printer:  BEP
Type:  Other
Back:  BEP Text
Notes:  Large portrait of Abraham Lincoln, black intaglio on bond paper; same as BEP Portrait-Vignette card PV-202
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  







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