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Apollo-Soyuz
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posted 03-17-2013 06:22 PM     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 205 (March 17, 2013)

Space Cover #205: Kennedy Space Center Cancels

Since July 1, 1965, the KSC post office has been using a cancel which depicts a rocket launch. It has been used to cancel thousands of launch covers for launches. The last day of use was February 28, 1977.

On March 1, 1977 a new cancel which depicted a top view looking down on the shuttle was introduced. NASA did not like the way this cancel looked so they introduced a new cancel on July 1, 1977 which incorporated the shuttle program logo in its design. 20 cities including KSC received the cancel dies. If anybody would like a list, please email me.

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John Macco
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MarylandSpace
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posted 03-18-2013 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there a mailbox at KSC visitor center where we can post our postcards and envelopes and get the KSC cancellation?

spaceman1953
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posted 03-18-2013 10:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting that you did not discuss the different little rocket pictures used over the years on this KSC machine cancel...

Ken Havekotte
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posted 03-19-2013 07:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John, For the record, the KSC machine cancel with a die-hub of a Saturn rocket and NASA/KSC meatball circular logos were not in use until after Gemini V flew in late August 1965.

For about two months after the July 1, 1965, opening of the main KSC postal facility, in use at the on-base postal site was a wavy seven line machine cancel.

There was also a second Saturn launch cancel with a slightly different variation of the Saturn launch vehicle, the rocket's thrust, and the NASA meatball logo. It was first used for the Apollo 12 launch in Nov. 1969.

Next in line was a Skylab pictorial cancel device. It was in use at the KSC post office all throughout the Skylab program from 1973 to early 1974.

On April 8, 1974, NASA went back to using the old Saturn rocket cancel device until, as John noted in starting this topic, it was last seen on Feb. 28, 1977.

But we shouldn't forgot about another "in between" cancel use at the Kennedy Space Center. The U.S. postal service produced a special cancel celebrating the nation's Bicentennial Exposition on Science and Technology from May 30 - Sept. 6, 1976, at our nation's KSC/Spaceport USA.

The first use of a shuttle-related pictorial cancel at Kennedy took place on March 1, 1977, but only to be replaced by another shuttle postal cancel design on July 1, 1977.

With the shuttle program closure in 2011, I wanted to use a new, non-shuttle related pictorial cancel device at the space center here, possibly something in relation to the International Space Station. But there has been no formal action nor any serious discussions about it to date.

Keep in mind, though, that starting in May 1991 was the beginning of many notable space-related events in which there had been a special KSC-pictorial cancel issued for.

Bob M
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posted 03-19-2013 08:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Ken. If we could get our Photobucket hosting problems straightened out, we could show all the KSC machine cancels you mentioned and some more, as I, (with your help years ago), do have a good record of the KSC machine cancel history, which I believe is complete.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 03-19-2013 09:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh, Bob, I did forget to include another KSC-machine cancel type commemorating NASA's 25th anniversary of our nation's space agency. It was mostly used for space shuttle mission cancellations (STS-8/9) throughout 1983. I am sure you'll be able to depict what the cancel looks like here soon featuring a big graphic "25" star-design with "NASA, 25th Anniversary, 1958-1983."

Bob M
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posted 03-19-2013 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Ken. Yes, I have some of those and when we can get our hosting problems worked out, plan to show the span of KSC machine cancels here. It's a pretty interesting group and should be of interest to astrophilatelists.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 03-19-2013 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Keep in mind, though, that just about all of the special KSC-event pictorial cancels after 1990 were not available as a machine cancel (or even as a hand stamp device) from the main postal unit within the KSC Headquarters Building.

There are/were branch offices of KSC's mail handling and processing units located in nearby Orlando and Titusville that provided such services. Most, of course, came from Titusville, across from the Indian River, with Kennedy Space Center only a few miles away.

The space center also had its share of Kennedy-provided first day of issue cancellation types from Sept. 1967 onwards, both machine and hand varieties.

But not known to most astrophilatelists was a short-lived Merritt Island station that provided a KSC-hand cancel for philatelic uses in 1989.

Bob M
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posted 03-20-2013 08:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's one long-time collector's humble attempt at presenting what I hope is an accurate and interesting presentation of KSC machine cancels from the first on July 1, 1965, to the present and much-used Space Shuttle cancel, shown above and first used on July 1, 1977, and still in use.

  • Type 1 cancel, first used on July 1, 1965 for about two months
  • Type II cancel
  • Type III
  • Type IV. V.I.C. type (Visitors Information Center) cancel used on only seven occasions: Apollo 12 through 17 manned flights and the WESTAR unmanned launch of April 13, 1974
  • Type V, first day of use of Skylab cancel. Used from May 14 (PM), 1973 to April 7, 1974
  • VIC cancel reused for one day for WESTAR launch
  • First day of reuse of Type III cancel
  • KSC Bicentennial Expo cancel, type II, HQ's Bldg.
  • Last day of use of type I Bicentennial Expo cancel, Expo Station
  • First Day of reuse, type III cancel
  • NASA 25th Anniversary machine cancel, used for STS-8 and STS-9 in 1983

spaceman1953
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posted 04-06-2013 09:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to all for making this a very comprehensive listing, complete with pictures! Very impressive and most sincerely appreciated!

stevedd841
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posted 04-14-2013 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stevedd841   Click Here to Email stevedd841     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In seeing the NASA 25th anniversary machine cancel, I pulled out my STS-8 flown cover issued by the USPS and see that the ordinary machine cancelled cover is quite different from the one carried on space shuttle Challenger's STS-8 mission. Between the machine cancel August 14, 1983, and the 25th Anniversary 1958-1983 box, is SPACE MAIL ORBITED VIA STS-8, and not appearing on the cancel pictured by Bob. And the verbiage in the cancel is slightly different. So, there may still be some other KSC machine cancels out there.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 04-14-2013 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, Steve, it was a special cancellation done just for the flown Challenger covers and was not from the main postal station at Kennedy Space Center. If I recall, without going back to my original STS-8 files, all the covers were either machine cancelled at regional postal headquarters in Orlando, FL, or at a special postal unit in Washington, D.C. I can check later if anyone wants to know, or perhaps another viewer might know off hand.

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