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eurospace
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posted 07-26-2007 05:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
France will issue a surprise commemorative stamp to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Space Age.

The stamp with a face value of 85c, the rate for standard letters up to 20 grams to overseas destinations, will be issued on 4 October, the day of the 50th Anniversary of the first human satellite, Sputnik. On this day, the stamp will be available on four locations throughout the country (Paris, Kourou, Toulouse, and Evry). A First Day of Issue cancellation will be used there. From 5 October 2007, the stamp will be available in all post offices of the country.

The stamp measures 47x27 mm (53x31 mm perforation included) and shows Sputnik, an Apollo spacecraft, the remote sensing satellite SPOT, Ariane V carrying an ATV cargo freighter, and a Soyuz rocket carrying the French Corot satellite.

The stamp was not initially included in the annual stamp programme of the French postal administration. It was added upon pressure from the French space agency and interested parties.

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posted 07-27-2007 06:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LadyCosmos   Click Here to Email LadyCosmos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello

It's not really a surprise. If you look at the 2007 Stamps issues published by La Poste in 2005-2006 and during the stamp show in Paris in June 2006, they had decided that this stamp will exist with no date for issue in 2007 (not on the official annual prevision).

Good idea for the 4th October.

But I'm not sure the stamp you show here is the good or definitive stamp. Not seen anywhere (La Poste Philatelic site, ESA, CNES, etc.). Where did you find this one? Seems to be like the Lollini artwork?

I have asked to some professionals FDC editors in Paris and they don't have began to print theirs covers because they don't have the stamp design.

Maybe you have more informations. Did you know the artist name of this stamp if it's not a Lollini creation?

Thanks

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posted 07-27-2007 06:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The stamp is described in a May 31 release from CNES: Celebrating 50 Years Since Sputnik was Launched... Some Important Dates for CNES in 2007 (PDF):
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Commemorative stamp issued by the French post office

The French post office (La Poste) is to issue a special commemorative stamp. Entitled "1957-2007, la conquête de l'espace" (1957-2007, the conquest of Space), the stamp will feature Sputnik, Apollo, the SPOT 5 satellite and the Ariane 5 and Soyuz launchers.

On 4 October, first day covers will be issued from four temporary post offices set up in each of the towns where CNES has a facility:
- CNES headquarters in Paris
- Cité de l'Espace in Toulouse
- Evry 2 shopping centre
- Space museum at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou


The commemorative is also mention on CNES' website (in French) in an entry dated for June 21.

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posted 07-28-2007 05:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Madame Espace,

La parution du timbre a été annoncé pendant le Salon du Bourget en juin. Ma source immédiate est la publication dans "Le Cosmophil", bulletin de l'Association Astrophilatélique de France.

Jürgen

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posted 07-28-2007 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LadyCosmos   Click Here to Email LadyCosmos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Monsieur Espace

Merci pour l'information que j'ai ratée au salon.

Le timbre met plus en valeur le CNES que le Spoutnik, à mon humble avis

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posted 07-28-2007 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Translating the above two replies for the benefit of our other readers:
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Originally posted by eurospace:

The release of the stamp was announced during the Paris airshow in June. My immediate source is the publication in “Le Cosmophil”, bulletin of the Astrophilatélique Association of France.


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Originally posted by LadyCosmos:

Thank you for the information that I missed.

The stamp emphasizes more the CNES than the Sputnik, in my humble opinion.


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posted 07-28-2007 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by LadyCosmos:
Le timbre met plus en valeur le CNES que le Spoutnik, à mon humble avis
LadyCosmos

Pour être encore plus méchant: it is a surprise Mrs. Sarkozy does not feature prominently on the stamp! ;-))

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Pour être encore plus méchant: it is a surprise Mrs. Sarkozy does not feature prominently on the stamp! ;-))



Yes, even she believe she is a STAR... Maybe on the next ONU stamp or hostage fight stamp

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France will issue a surprise commemorative stamp to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Space Age.
For collectors who are interesting

The artist is David DUCROS, an CNES illustrator/designer of Communications Office. It's his 1st Stamp for French Post. Lately, he was co-designer of 2004 ISS German Stamp (create the ISS view).

For the 1st Day, he will autograph his stamp and covers in CNES Office in Paris, 4th october /10am-12 and 02-05pm. Gilles BOSQUET, the Hand-Cancel Cachet artist will be here too 01-04pm. And, I haven't yet confirmation, some CNES personnalities as Scientists, Astronauts will be here too. I'll post the names asap.

For this Stamp, 4 special Post offices will be deliver the special hand-cancel cachet, create by Gilles BOSQUET (Satellite Corot design / I'll post tomorrow the illustration):

1) Paris / CNES Headquarter (10am-6pm)
2) Kourou / Space Museum - Hall Jupiter
3) Toulouse / Cité de l'Espace (10am-6pm)
4) Evry / Evry Shopping Center near CNES Launch Control Center(10am-6pm)

For the Stamp design, David Ducros commemorate 50 of space history in 5 "main" space events:
- Sputnik for the Russia
- Apollo for the USA
- Spot 5 Satellite for one of the main french contribution of Space porgram
- Corot Satellite and Soyuz for the French-Russia cooperation
- Ariane V and ATV for the Europa-ISS cooperation

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posted 09-29-2007 06:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lewarren   Click Here to Email lewarren     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will be in Paris on 4 October, and I would be very interested to know if any astronauts will be at the CNES Office event.

Please let us know what you find out, LadyCosmos.

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posted 10-01-2007 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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For this Stamp, 4 special Post offices will be deliver the special hand-cancel cachet, create by Gilles BOSQUET (Satellite Corot design

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The only information I have actually is Michel Viso and maybe Jean-Jacques Favier will be here. No mention of others astronauts. But in France, it's always difficult to confirm or not the presence of astronauts (or other ''VIPs'') for an evant. Secret, secret... It's ridiculous but nothing is made to promote in France the sighting of astronauts. Each time, I went to lecture, session or conference in CNES, ESA or others places, very few people are here. If you have more 50 persons, it's a great exploit! Next monday, J.P Haignere will be in Paris (with his Astronaut Club). It's a public event, but be sure no more 50 people will be here and for the main part, it will be professionals, not space fans...

Last June, ESA & CNES have organized a Space day in Paris to commemorate Sputnik and astronauts. Yes, many people are here, many astronauts too, but almost impossible to approach them if you were not VIP or press service. In last time, the organizers remembered in was the 25th of 1st french spaceflight but nothing about this anniversary on their publicity sheet.

Fot the Sputnik anniversary, many events are organize but I think more confidential. Some parts of Ariane are exposed in Galeries Lafayettes (one of our most luxuous shopping store), and giant photos of 50 years of space are exposed since today in Jardin du Luxembourg.

For the stamp, it's more a CNES event. Very fews frenchs know Corot Satellite.

If you are in Paris 4th October, I will be happy to meet you for this stamp's signature show.

For the 1st day event, I give you some advices because stamp signature show is always a particular event for a stamp collector. Signature stamp is become a great hobby in France. Each time when a stamp is in 1st day, the post office organize a signature session with the artist(s). And you could fine a very long line before reach the artist. Because sometimes, the artist will be here just for fews hours and it's only your chance to meet him because he accept a signature session just one time by year. And if he (she) is the designer of many others stamps, so the collector bring his others artwork. Sometimes it's a celebrity like painter (I have some covers autographed by Dali, or others frenchs contemporary painters), illustrator, photograph (Yann Arthus-Bertrand), comics, etc.. And many people come not just for the stamp but for the person only.

For this stamp, we should have more luck: The event is during the week, not week-end. And the designer have not made stamp for France before (just the space collectors know, and I'm not sure for all space collectors, his participation for the German ISS Stamp). And it's in CNES Headquarters and no publicity around this stamp (only in french stamps magazine).

Hope our ''VIP Star'' President would not have idea to come (he is an avid stamp collector!).

The hand-cancel cachet designer is more well-know. Gilles Bosquet is the designer of many hand-cancel since 5 years (even if he have only 30 years). But normally, he is always here during the 1st day where he have created something. For the stamps thematits, he is more well-know for his orchids stamps.

Usually for the 1st day, differents items are proposed to sell by post office. One place for buy and one place for obtain the cancels.

You can buy stamp of course : 0,85 euros

An illustrated stamp cover will be propose for 4 or 5 euros (not really great because it's the Corot design).

I recommand to bring your own covers (blanks / no copy of artist design printed on because he will refuse to autograph them).

A special engraving is propose too (even in one color) for 2 euros. I recommand to buy it. It's really nice and artist love to autograph this item and after the event, no post office in France will poropose the kind of item

A special 1st day 21 x 29cm sheet is propose too for 5 euros. It's really great job with engraved stamp, stamp and 1st day cancel and special illustration generally create by stamp artist himself.

And sometimes (I don't know for this event) a special sheet is propose for 3 euros. Only 50 000 ex will be edit and sell only this day. We know that only this day. Stamps collectors love this sheet and it's always a creation of the stamp artist. Stamp is always a part of image.

Hope to see you in few days... If you want to contact me in Paris, contact me offline.

I know very well Houston...

Sorry for the long post. And for my bad English. More my post is long, more my English seems me poor.

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A special engraving is propose too (even in one color) for 2 euros. I recommand to buy it. It's really nice and artist love to autograph this item and after the event, no post office in France will poropose the kind of item
Like this:

2006 Airbus engraving signed by the stamp designer and Airbus Artist Cassian Koshorst

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A special 1st day 21 x 29cm sheet is propose too for 5 euros. It's really great job with engraved stamp, stamp and 1st day cancel and special illustration generally create by stamp artist himself.
Like this:

1989 Soyuz TM-7 1st day sheet signed by the stamp engraver Marie-Noëlle Goffin

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And sometimes (I don't know for this event) a special sheet is propose for 3 euros. Only 50 000 ex will be edit and sell only this day. We know that only this day. Stamps collectors love this sheet and it's always a creation of the stamp artist. Stamp is always a part of image.

Christmas 2005-2006 sheet signed by stamp designer Cécile Millet (Stamp is the painter in the middle)

As you can see, I have choice women artists...

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Some examples of covers...

1989 Soyuz TM-7 Stamp 1st day cover signed by Stamp artist and Mission Logo designer Didier Bécet

2000 Apollo 11 stamp 1st day cover signed by stamp designer Claude Andreotto and by cancel designer Aurélie Baras

2001 Gagarin stamp 1st day cover signed by the stamp designer Stéphanie Ghinéa

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The definitive version:

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Here some scans of this 1st day. Unfortunatly, no astronauts was here for the public presentation and stamp signature. Another great publicity for space program. Grrrrr....

I don't know when they will understand that should made more publicity if they want public understand space conquest and accept why money is important for space program.

FDC designed my me signed by artist David Ducros (I made 5 cards with 5 differents designs showing the 5 parts of space conquest of stamp / all signed now)

FDC signed by artist David Ducros and by CNES Solar Systems Exploration Programs Director Francis Rocard

I can talk with David Ducros several minutes and he autographed too some others items with his space artwork. He is a great guy. The morning when he come to CNES Headquarter, he lose the driving control of his car and have an accident with a truck. He is no injured but his car is out. I know several people who cancel their sighting by this event. Not him, he took a taxi and arrive with 2 hours delay with smile.

For those know ESA/CNES brochures and space illustrations, he is the author of several hundred artworks. Mostly of artist drawing of COROT Satellite is his work. And mostly Ariane artist drawing his artwork too.

For the people who are interesting, I will post on my flickr site some of his artwork.

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Document Philatélique / Special Document signed by stamp artist David Ducros

Special Engraving signed by artist David Ducros

ESA/ESTEC Card signed by artist David Ducros

French Postal service and CNES/ESA have printed a special illusrate card for this event with stamp and FDC cancel. Printed only 2007 ex.

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