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From: Northville MI USA
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posted 02-26-2012 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yeknom-ecaps   Click Here to Email yeknom-ecaps     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 150 (February 26, 2012)

Space Cover #150: After the Flight Glenn Fever Continues

After Glenn's orbital flight and return to the United States from Grand Turk Island there was Glenn fever everywhere. One of the first events to take place was President John F. Kennedy awarding John Glenn the NASA Distinguished Service Medal on February 23, 1962 at Cape Canaveral. Pictured above are Goldcraft and Sarzin covers for that event cancelled at Port Canaveral.

Next it is on to Washington, D.C. to meet again with President Kennedy and make an address to a joint session of Congress on February 26th. Goldcaft covers were produced for both of these events with a Washington, D.C. cancel on the covers.

Then to New York! On March 1 there was a ticker-tape parade on "Astronaut Day" in New York City in its salute to the entire Project Mercury team. John Glenn receives the New York City Medal of Honor. The Orbit cover produced for Astronaut Day was cancelled in New York at the Planetarium Station. Can you see anything especially interesting about the cover? The Project Mercury stamps are arranged in a tete-beche format (a "joined" pair of stamps in which one is upside down in relation to the other).

The following day is a visit to the United Nations where John Glenn is accompanied by the United States delegate Adlai Stevenson. The printed cover is cancelled at the United Nations post office in New York.

Finally, it's on to John Glenn's hometown of New Concord, Ohio. In addition to the city's events the United States Post Office Department used a special slogan cancel "HOME OF ASTRONAUT GLENN" at the New Concord post office. Pictured is a Fleetwood cover for the homecoming and the other cover specifically positioned the stamp so the cancel is clearly shown.

There were more events throughout the year honoring Glenn's flight such as John Glenn Day at the Ohio State Fair. These are all fairly common and are typically priced lower than flight covers. So if you find some...


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From: Douglasville, Ga U.S.A.
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posted 02-26-2012 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bobslittlebro   Click Here to Email bobslittlebro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
USS Noa returned to port on Feb. 23, 1962. This is a great Mayport cachet with printed Glenn autograph. Glenn addressed the U.N. on March 2, 1962.


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posted 02-27-2012 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stevedd841   Click Here to Email stevedd841     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thought you guys would like to see John Glenn with a sheet of Scott 1193 Project Mercury stamps. I am not sure where this photo came from, but Orbit covers made a great first anniversary cover using the Glenn photo in their cachet. Surprisingly, I haven't seen this cover in very many venues.


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posted 02-27-2012 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting to note that the Feb 20, 1963 date on Steve's cover above (one-year anniversary) was when Friendship 7 was accepted by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. WDC postmarked covers exist for that event, and I had one, but seemed to have traded it away...does anyone out there have it to show?


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posted 02-28-2012 10:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yeknom-ecaps   Click Here to Email yeknom-ecaps     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pooz - here are two, a Goldcraft (Washington DC) and a Rank "Velvet Space" (Washington DC dual with fifth anniversary Cape Canaveral cancel)for the presentation of the capsule to the Smithsonian Institution and a Goldcraft first anniversary cover from Cape Cananveral.

Woody - thanks for the correction.


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posted 02-29-2012 07:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, the last cover on the bottom is not a Dargis VELVETONE, but produced by Robert Rank in his "Velvet Space" covers series.

These were produced using a flocked and silk screen process including baking them in his oven!

Pooz and I are working on a census of these Rank produced covers. They are quite rare with a maximum of 65 to 70 for each. He got serviced uncacheted covers from Sarzin then added the silk screen/flocked process to them, usually multicolored.

Look for them, they are hard to find!

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