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Posts: 83
From: Ridgefield, CT USA
Registered: Jan 2009

posted 05-31-2009 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ChrisCalle   Click Here to Email ChrisCalle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 7 (May 31, 2009)

Space Cover #7, Apollo 17, Last Men on the Moon

With the 40th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing approaching this July, I thought it appropriate to take a look at a cover with an image that sums up the Moon Landings. This event cover celebrates the 35th Anniversary of the Last Men on the Moon.

When Neil Armstrong first stepped onto the surface of the Moon, In Peace for all Mankind, like many of us I was glued to the television screen. My father, Paul Calle had designed the US postage stamp depicting that First Step On The Moon and I knew that the astronauts were carrying the engravings of the stamp to the Moon with them. My father fondly remembers that I kept asking, "Where's the stamp!? Where's the stamp!?"

What I could never have known then, was that 20 years later the US Postal Service would ask me to design the 1989 20th Anniversary Moon Landing Priority Mail stamp and five years later in 1994 my father and I would jointly design two stamps commemorating the 25th Anniversary.

The cover depicted here celebrates Man's Last Steps on the Moon with a flag stamp and the 1994 29c First Moon Landing commemorative stamp we designed. The cachet shows Eugene Cernan standing with the US flag on the surface of the Moon for the last time:

As I take man's last steps from the surface, back home for some time to come - but we believe not too long onto the future... I believe history will record that America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow... And as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.
Chris Calle


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From: Northville MI USA
Registered: Aug 2005

posted 06-01-2009 09:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yeknom-ecaps   Click Here to Email yeknom-ecaps     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great cover and a fitting tribute to the Apollo missions. Thanks for sharing!


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From: Stuart, Florida, USA
Registered: Jun 2000

posted 06-01-2009 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chris, good to see you! What a wonderful piece. You guys are the greatest. Artists AND people!

Al Hallonquist


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From: Plattsburgh, NY, United States
Registered: Feb 2009

posted 06-01-2009 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJ   Click Here to Email AJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wholeheartedly agree with Al. One of my highlights from Spacefest was joking around with Paul and ummm, liberating some used Sharpies.

Chris, that is a beautiful cover.


Posts: 868
From: Shady Side, Md
Registered: Sep 2004

posted 06-05-2009 05:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had an occasion to meet Chris Calle at the Washington-2006 International Exhibition. He was very cordial to all who met him and he autographed anything for you. Class act.

John Macco
Space Unit#1457


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From: Fairfax, VA USA
Registered: Jul 2004

posted 06-05-2009 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chris, are you going to be in Dayton next week, or at APS in august?

Also, is this cover for sale?


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