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Ross
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posted 03-28-2007 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've placed a scan of an interesting Apollo 10 Recovery Ship cover on the home page of the Space Unit site. It appears to have a Space Unit cachet! Does anyone have information on this or similar covers. What is the background to this cover? Were covers produced for other ships?Were covers produced for other missions?

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Ross

micropooz
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posted 03-28-2007 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow! I've never seen that cachet before, much less on a recovery cover. Can't wait to hear the story...

Joe Frasketi
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posted 03-28-2007 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joe Frasketi   Click Here to Email Joe Frasketi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've seen that cachet before, but dont know if it had the space unit emblem on it or not, just cant place where i've seen it, I am thinking it was on a space first day cover. Will keep looking....

Joe Frasketi
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posted 03-29-2007 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joe Frasketi   Click Here to Email Joe Frasketi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Joe Frasketi:
I've seen that cachet before, but dont know if it had the space unit emblem on it or not, just cant place where i've seen it, I am thinking it was on a space first day cover. Will keep looking....

OK, I found the this cachet on another cover, it is an Apollo 11 FDC 09/09/1969 (#C76), which is exactly as shown on the Space Unit webpage.

My cover was purchased in the Space Unit auction back in Feb 1985.

Joe

DOX32
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posted 03-29-2007 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Joe,

I collect any C76 cover with an unsusal cachet.

If it is for sale, send me an email.

By the way, I have a numnber of your local post autographed covers. Still doing them?

Woody

ea757grrl
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posted 03-29-2007 10:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's an interesting cover indeed. I've not seen a Space Unit cover like that one before, and I used to collect space-related ship cancels back in the day.

BTW, the dad of one of my best friends was a radioman aboard Ozark in 1969 and was aboard when the ship served with TF140 as Atlantic contingency recovery ship for Apollo 10 and Apollo 11. His cruise book had pictures of the boilerplate they practiced recovery exercises with.

jodie

Joe Frasketi
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posted 04-08-2007 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joe Frasketi   Click Here to Email Joe Frasketi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
On Mar 29, i wrote:
I found this cachet on another cover, it is an Apollo 11 FDC 09/09/1969 (#C76), which is exactly as shown on the Space Unit webpage.

it is now illustrated here:

Under the little image of the greek god Apollo in the top left corner of the cachet there is the inscription "Apollo 12". Evidently this cachet was prepared for the Apollo 12 flight in Nov. 1969, and I can understand how it was serviced for the Apollo 11 stamp first day as the postal service was cancelling FDC's many months after the first day date of Sept 9, 1969.

What is hard to understand is this cachet with a cancel from an Apollo 10 recovery ship in May 1969.
One explaination is that the cachet was applied afterwards to the cover that had no cachet from the Apollo 10 recovery ship.

Now we need someone to find this cachet on a cancelled Apollo 12 flight cover.

Joe www.spacecovers.com

Ross
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posted 04-09-2007 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've now seen two more of these covers from Apollo 10 Recovery ships - the USS Chilton and the USS Rich

Joe Frasketi
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posted 04-11-2007 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joe Frasketi   Click Here to Email Joe Frasketi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well the mystery continues on this cachet.....
I just found an Apollo 8 FDC (#1371) with this same cachet, with a label address.

The backside of this cover has a 3 line rubber stamp marking that reads " Compliments of the ATA Space Unit, It pays to belong!"

Could it be that this was just a cacheted envelope that was mailed free to members which then could be serviced as the member so desired?

I would think that an officer or director in the ATA Space Unit serving in 1969 might be able to shed some light on this cachet, or a SU member who has better memory than I, might remember receiving such a cacheted envelope.

Joe, www.spacecovers.com

(this cachet is also listed as an ATA Space Unit cachet, #8 in the Mellone's Specialized Cachet Catalog of First Day Covers of the 1960's, for #1371).

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