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Bob M

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From: Atlanta-area, GA USA
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posted 06-25-2011 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 115 (June 26, 2011)

Space Cover #115: Space Anniversary Covers

Most space collectors consider anniversary covers of little collecting concern and even unnecessary. But back in the heyday of space cover collecting, the 1960's and 1970's, cachet/cover dealers and servicers turned out and sold large numbers of anniversary covers for many past significant space events, and even for too many insignificant events. Surely many older collections contain boxes of mostly forgotten and unappreciated space covers, with anniversary covers well represented.

However, anniversary covers can be of collecting interest and use. For example, some early space and aerospace events occurred before there were any cover servicers and interest, and anniversary covers are sometimes all that are available for some early space events. And as these first two covers show, they can be useful and appropriate for adding relevant autographs (The top cover, autographed by Buzz Aldrin, is a NASA/KSC official cachet cover for the first anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The second cover marks the 25th anniversary of the first supersonic flight and, like so many of these also autographed by Chuck Yeager, has its inaccurate cachet information corrected by "Buck" Yeager).

The third cover is a fairly typical anniversary cover and prominently states that it marks the 15th anniversary of the formation of NASA (ho-hum).

The bottom cover marks the 50th anniversary of Bumper 8, the first rocket launch at Cape Canaveral. This superb cover, created by Ken Havekotte of Space Coast Cover Service, has a special Bumper 8 pictorial cancel; a photo cachet picturing the actual launch of Bumper 8; and four stamps showing early rocket launches.

Two of these four anniversary covers do serve a purpose, as certainly no covers exist canceled on the date and at the location of the first supersonic flight or the Bumper 8 launch.

(Anyone wish to show an anniversary cover marking a totally insignificant event and/or a non-standard anniversary year?).


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posted 06-25-2011 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hehehe - OK, Bob, I'll take ya up on your request for non-standard anniversary covers.

This one is in line with the "Buck" Yeager cover in your original post, only it is for the 37th anniversary of Yeager's supersonic flight. It was one of a series of covers put out by the Postal Commemorative Society's "International Tributes to the History of Flight" series. People had to subscribe to this series of covers for something like $10 a month, and they received a different cover each month, if I remember right.

Now one can find the individual covers in dollar boxes (which is where I found this one). Gorgeous cover, but the 37th anniversary???


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posted 06-26-2011 07:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stevedd841   Click Here to Email stevedd841     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Guys, here is one of my favorites, the one year anniversary cover, February 20, 1963, for John Glenn's orbital flight in spacecraft Friendship 7. This anniversary cover has an additional story, too. On this anniversary date, NASA transferred Glenn's spacecraft to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., where it may still be seen by the millions of visitors each year who come to the museum.

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