Space Cover #40: Gemini Twin Stamp FDC Chris Calle
The Space Cover this week is a First Day Cover for the 1967 Gemini Twin Space Stamps.
The setenent stamps feature Gemini Astronaut Ed White's spacewalking on the left stamp and the Gemini capsule on the right. Issued September 29, 1967, the painting for the stamp design was one painted by my father, Paul Calle and was his first United States Postal Service stamp design assignment. He recalled that "The design of the "Twin Space Stamp" presented me with a challenge unique in postal stamp design at the time. The assignment was to design a commemorative issue that would symbolize the succesful conclusion of the NASA Project Gemini Program of Space Exploration. The unique aspect of the challenge was to conceive a design that graphically would be pleasing when used as a double stamp, and, when one twin was seperated from the other, the design of the single stamp had to be a complete composition of it's own."
The image on the cover is an original pencil drawing on the envelope done by my father after the stamps were issued in 1967.
This cover, like many other items I have recently unearthed, had been sitting in boxes unopened for decades and most likely would have remained there but for the fact that last year as I was doing research for a book on my father's NASA Artwork.
I began to sift through boxes and files and what a treat was in store for me. My dad also certainly enjoyed seeing all these old drawings and writings made during his Mercury, Gemni and Apollo years as a NASA artist covering every aspect of manned Space Flight. Sketches for paintings, Hand drawn First Day covers, letters from astronauts like Mike Collins and Bill Anders, and fellow NASA artists like Bob McCall, Lamar Dodd and Jim Dean, all recalled a time of excitement when anything seemed possible around Cape Kennedy and the world waited for the next launch in the Space Race.