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Apollo-Soyuz
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posted 04-08-2011 09:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 104 (April 12, 2011)

Space Cover #104: Yuri Gagarin

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vostok 1 flight of Yuri Gagarin and the two year anniversary of the Space Cover of the Week thread on collectSPACE, I thought I'd show Russian covers commemorating the previous anniversaries of the flight.

As a sidenote, April 12 is also the 30th anniversary of STS-1 the first space shuttle launch with crew of John Young and Bob Crippen.

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DOX32
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posted 04-08-2011 11:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
April 12, 2011 is also the 50th anniversary UN issues as posted today.

Finally 150th anniversary of the Civil War with dual stamps for Ft. Sumter and First Battle of Manassas.

Should be a very busy FDC day!

Bob M
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posted 04-08-2011 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also US President Franklin D. Roosevelt died on April 12 (1945).

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posted 04-09-2011 06:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM1   Click Here to Email LM1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great FDC collection and very appropriate at this time. Many countries are issuing stamps to honor Yuri Gagarin this month.

Bob M
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posted 04-09-2011 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's another Soviet Yuri Gagarin anniversary cover. The Soviets produced excellent stamps and cacheted covers commemorating their space heroes and exploits and it's a topic worthy of collecting.

The six of us (all US collectors) involved in presenting space covers of the week have been somewhat amiss in not featuring more foreign space covers, as there certainly is a huge and fascinating number of them. And we certainly would welcome any non-US collectors to join us in presenting their covers on a regular basis, or even just occasionally.

And John's presentation is for week #104, which is two years of presenting our weekly Space Cover of the Week - 104 Space Covers of the Week on collectSPACE.

micropooz
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posted 04-10-2011 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are the two Gagarin covers in my collection:

This is a Minsk "club cachet" postmarked on Gagarin's flight date April 12, 1961 (although it is likely a backdate). Commercial cachets were not available in the Soviet Union in the early days of the space race, so the cachets came from local stamp clubs (in this case the Minsk Stamp Club). And the existence of Baikonour was still a secret, so there were no covers postmarked there until Baikonour was officially acknowledged in the 1970's.

It didn't take long for the Soviet government to figure out that making cachets could help them make money. Here is the Gagarin "Kniga" (Kniga was the Soviet postal agency) cover from Moscow on Oct. 4, 1964.

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