posted 10-03-2007 05:11 PM
Fifty years ago, Sputnik 1 was launched into orbit around the Earth, becoming the first artificial satellite and ushering in the dawn of the space age. To commemorate the dawn of the space age, the NASA Glenn Visitor Center and the United States Postal Service will feature a special pictorial stamp cancellation. The pictorial cancellation stamp event will take place on October 20, 2007, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Cleveland U. S. Postal Service will set up a temporary post office on site in the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, in Cleveland, Ohio. The temporary post office will be selling current postage stamps on the day of the event.
The NASA Glenn Visitor Center will have envelopes with a cachet commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1. The cachet will consist of an artistís image depicting Sputnik 1 in orbit above the Earth. The pictorial cancellation stamp is the ink stamp that cancels the postage stamp. The pictorial cancellation stamp can be applied to any object as long as it has a current postage stamp on the object. The commemorative cachet will only be available only during the day of the event and is limited to one cachet per person.
Those who cannot attend the event, but who wish to obtain the cancellation, may submit mail order requests. Pictorial cancellations are available only for the date indicated, and requests must be postmarked no later than 30 days following the requested pictorial cancellation date. All requests must include a stamped envelope or postcard bearing at least the minimum First-Class Mail postage. Items submitted for cancellation may not include postage issued after the date of the requested cancellation. Such items will be returned un-serviced. Customers wishing to obtain a cancellation should affix stamps to any envelope or postcard of their choice, address the envelope or postcard to themselves or others, insert a card of postcard thickness in the envelopes for sturdiness, and tuck in the flap. Place the envelope or postcard in a larger envelope and address it to:
GLENN RESEARCH CENTER STATION
5600 Woodland Ave.
CLEVELAND, OH 44104-9998
(Using all capitals and no punctuation, except the hyphen in the zip + 4 code).
Please note: All requests for cancellations must include a larger envelope with adequate postage and legible return address in order to allow the post office to mail the canceled envelope or postcard back to the customer. Customers can also send stamped envelopes and postcards without addresses for cancellation, as long as they supply a larger envelope with adequate postage and their return address. After applying the pictorial cancellation, the Postal Service returns the items (with or without addresses) under addressed protective cover.
For further information contact:
Jesse Owens Post Office
5600 Woodland Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44104-9998
216-881-0407 or 216-881-0902