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eurospace
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From: Brussels, Belgium
Registered: Dec 2000

posted 07-27-2007 02:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
During the STS-117 mission, there was apparently a new pictorial postmarker being used at the Houston downtown post office.

It reads "Astronaut EVA Station" and shows an astronaut during an EVA. It has a mobile datebridge and I have seen the dates of 8 and 10 June 2007. The cancel was not announced in the USPS Bulletin.

Does anybody know when and for what duration the device was used?

onesmallstep
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From: Staten Island, New York USA
Registered: Nov 2007

posted 09-05-2013 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just discovered, while perusing the Espace Lollini online philatelic site, a cancel from the Houston PO for EVAs conducted from the ISS. It shows an astronaut wearing a US EMU suit in front of a station structure. This is in a different style from an earlier type of EVA postmark in use as late as 2009. Order details for sending covers are:
Astronaut EVA Station
Postmaster
401 Franklin St.
Houston, TX 77201-9718

Ken Havekotte
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From: Merritt Island, Florida, Brevard
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 09-05-2013 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The majority, if not all, of the recent space station and EVA-related pictorial cancels from the Houston, TX, area were suggested by Stephen Stein of W. Hartford, CT, with the postmark designs submitted by Deltev van Ravanswaay of Germany.

Robert Pearlman
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From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 09-05-2013 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by eurospace:
The cancel was not announced in the USPS Bulletin.
I was recently told by a USPS official that pictorial postmarks with changeable date devices are not listed in the Postal Bulletin.

Apollo-Soyuz
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posted 09-05-2013 07:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert- What you stated in your last post is 100% right. I think the USPS (my employer) should notify collectors of new pictorial cancels regardless of fixed or interchangeable dates. What I think happens with the cuts that USPS is making, they are afraid the post offices would get inundated with requests which would take a long time to process with no overtime being used.

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