Space News
space history and artifacts articles

Messages
space history discussion forums

Sightings
worldwide astronaut appearances

Resources
selected space history documents

Websites
related space history websites

  collectSPACE: Messages
  Stamps & Covers
  Space Cover 186: Wally!

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Space Cover 186: Wally!
micropooz
Member

Posts: 1239
From: Washington, DC, USA
Registered: Apr 2003

posted 11-04-2012 06:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 186 (November 4, 2012)

Space Cover #186: Wally!

In my last Space Cover of the Week in early October, I was on a streak to write up Edwards rocketplane cachets (that week was the HL-10), and I overlooked the fact that that week was the 50th anniversary of Wally Schirra's "Textbook" Mercury flight - Sigma 7 on October 3, 1962. So let's do a belated celebration of Wally's 50th!

The cover above is the "Captain's Cover" for Wally's Sigma 7 prime recovery ship, the USS Kearsarge. While many other prime recovery ships produced specific cover designs for their Captain's Covers, the Captain of the Kearsarge, E. P. Rankin just used his corner card (printed return address in the upper left) stationery. Since this was considered official Navy mail, no postage or postmark was required (see the typed "Postage and Fees Paid Navy Department" in the upper right). The cover did receive the Beck-designed Navy red rubber stamped cachet for the recovery on its lower left. It was addressed to a foreign official in the U. S. State Department. I had Wally autograph it at the New Jersey autograph show in 2005.

Captain Rankin had a special filler card put inside the cover. The printed front of the filler card is shown above.

And the typed body of the filler card is shown above here.

Who else has some neat Wally/Sigma 7 covers? Let's post 'em! Just Wally's Mercury flight - let's save his Gemini 6 and Apollo 7 covers for future SCOTW's. And if you need someone to host your Wally cover image for posting, please send it to me in an email. Glad to do it!

Happy belated 50th Wally, wherever you are now...

Bob M
Member

Posts: 1367
From: Atlanta-area, GA USA
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 11-04-2012 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's an "Orbit" cacheted cover canceled at Cape Canaveral for the launch of Mercury-Atlas 8 and nicely autographed by Schirra, with him adding "Sigma 7" and the Sigma 7 symbol - oops, Mercury 7 symbol

stevedd841
Member

Posts: 164
From: millersville, maryland, usa
Registered: Jul 2004

posted 11-04-2012 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stevedd841   Click Here to Email stevedd841     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I cranked up the Wayback machine and came up with this one for Navy LT. W. M. Schirra writing to his wife during combat operations in northwest Korea, October 17, 1951. And 11 years later, as one of the first seven NASA astronauts, Wally would set a record as America's third astronaut to orbit the Earth, October 3, 1962, with 6 orbits of the Earth, in what was called at the time "a textbook flight."


micropooz
Member

Posts: 1239
From: Washington, DC, USA
Registered: Apr 2003

posted 11-04-2012 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cool covers guys!!!

And Bob, the symbol Wally drew on your cover was the Mercury 7 symbol, not Sigma 7 (even better!).

spaceman1953
Member

Posts: 933
From: South Bend, IN United States of America
Registered: Apr 2002

posted 11-04-2012 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No better hobby than to have honored our heroes and heroines with space "stuff" and especially covers! God, we are so very blessed to have lived thorough these times!

Ross
Member

Posts: 373
From: Australia
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 11-06-2012 07:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is another USS Kearsarge cover from MA-8.

The status of this cover is uncertain. They were produced in reasonable quantity, are consistent and are signed by the Captain. However, it is unknown who ordered their creation and how they were distributed. As I have an identical cover, except it is signed by the Postal Clerk, it seems likely that they should be classified as a Crew Cover Type 1. It could also be argued that it was a Captain's cover Type 2.

Ross
Member

Posts: 373
From: Australia
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 11-06-2012 07:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This was also the first mission for which Morris Beck produced Recovery Ship covers that were available to the public. Three covers were produced (for the USS John Paul Jones, USS Norris and USS Charles S. Sperry), one of which is shown below.

micropooz
Member

Posts: 1239
From: Washington, DC, USA
Registered: Apr 2003

posted 11-06-2012 06:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow Ross! Great point that this was the first flight for the Beck Printed Cachets!

And with respect to your Kearsarge cover signed by the postal clerk, I met the addressee (Charles Simpson) back when I lived in Houston. Charlie was famous for getting covers carried on deep sea submersibles, etc., so there may be a bigger story on the Kearsarge cover.

Unfortunately Charlie died about 20 years ago, so we'll probably never know the story behind your cover...

All times are CT (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | The Source for Space History & Artifacts

Copyright 1999-2012 collectSPACE.com All rights reserved.


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47a





advertisement