From: Brussels, Belgium
Registered: Dec 2000
posted 07-27-2009 03:53 PM
A series of peculiar looking pictorial postmarkers will be used in Germany throughout September, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the so-called Sand man, a popular puppet for children on TV.
Invented almost simultaneously in 1959, both East and Western Germany had their own Sand man. The Eastern version was the first, though. And it has a space related story as well: when the 1st German in Space, Sigmund Jähn, launched from Baikonur in 1978, he had a sand man puppet onboard. He staged several sketches with it while onboard space station Salyut 6, but they were never aired.
Back to the cancels: here are the ones announced thus far for the "Day of Youth Philately". This year's series of surcharged "Youth stamps" commemorate the sand man.
Place: 15320 Neuhardenberg;
Serial number: 16/295
Text: "Unser Sandmännchen trifft Kosmonauten /31. Landung Sojus 29/Erlebnis Briefmarken" (Our sand man meets cosmonauts/31st Anniversary of the landing of Soyuz 29)
Image: Eastern German sand man in a spacesuit, Soyuz landing apparatus
Place: 19055 Schwerin;
Serial no.: 16/307
Text: "50 Jahre Unser Sandmännchen/Grüße von der BUGA 09/Tag der Jungen Briefmarkenfreunde/1959-2009" (50th Anniversary Our Sand man/Greetings from the Federal Horticultural Show/Day of young stamp lovers
Ill.: Sand man in a space capsule
For both cancels, send your stamped covers to:
Deutsche Post AG