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cosmos-walter
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posted 04-08-2016 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Finally my catalogue "Pioneer Rocket Mail and Space Mail" is in the press. It covers:
  • All Pioneer Rocket Mail till the end of World War II
  • All covers and letters flown into space with manned projects
  • All covers and letters flown into space with unmanned projects
  • All 556 signatures of all astronauts reaching space plus Roger Chaffee and STS 51-L.
This long-awaited work replaces Ellington Zwisler Rocket Mail Catalog, which was issued in 1967 and 1973. In contrast to earlier rocket mail catalogues I put great emphasis on technical, biographical and philatelic background.

The catalogue is in German language with introduction and key words translated into English, Russian, Chinese and Italian languages.

On 516 pages with colour pictures of many rocket and space flown covers, each hard-bound copy costs 39.90 EUR plus postage. Editor is Active Intermedia Verlag who edit Austrian net catalogues.

A limited special edition was signed by eight cosmonauts: Gennady Padalka (878 days in space record), Sergei Rewin, Oleg Atemjew and Anton Schkaplerow, Alexander Samokutayev, Georgi Grechko (first postmaster in earth orbit, only human who worked in three space stations), Mikhel Korniyenko (one year in ISS with Scott Kelly) and Sergei Volkov (first second generation cosmonaut). The price is 75 EUR.

onesmallstep
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posted 04-08-2016 11:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like an outstanding reference work! Ordering information? Thanks.

DOX32
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posted 04-09-2016 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How do we order this catalogue?

cosmos-walter
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posted 04-09-2016 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please, send me an e-mail.

NAAmodel#240
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posted 04-10-2016 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NAAmodel#240   Click Here to Email NAAmodel#240     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hopefully you have received my payment for the special edition version.

cosmos-walter
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posted 04-11-2016 01:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
David, you were the first to pay. I shall pick up the catalogues on Thursday on the way to Prague to attend Eurospace'2016. After returning to Austria I shall send you one copy with a dedication.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 04-11-2016 04:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Me, too. How do I order one. Send an email to you, Walter? Thanks.

Bob M
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posted 04-11-2016 07:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cosmos-walter:
Please, send me an e-mail.

I did, Saturday. Did you get it? Thanks.

cosmos-walter
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posted 04-11-2016 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for your warm words and for your orders. As soon as I have all order details from my editor I shall part them with you.

cosmos-walter
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posted 04-17-2016 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I returned from Prague, where I introduced the catalogue at Eurospace'2016.

Not-EU citizens may order the catalogue from Amazon.

My editor still is looking for a supplier for the US and for peculiar other countries to reduce postage costs compared with Amazon.

Within the next few days I shall check postage costs for special edition with signatures of 8 cosmonauts and my signature and dedication, if you wish.

Apollo-Soyuz
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posted 04-18-2016 09:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Walter- Have your editor contact David Ball at americanastrophilately.com. He may be able to help in the marketing of your book in the United states. He is also a frequent poster on this site.

onesmallstep
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posted 04-18-2016 12:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes getting a US supplier on board would help greatly as regards to cost. And I have Mr. Ball's astrophilately book so I cannot recommend it and his website more highly.

cosmos-walter
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posted 04-19-2016 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Our Postal Service charges 19.10 EUR for a slow parcel to USA and 24.20 EUR for a Priority parcel.

The price for a usual catalogue is 39.90 EUR + postage, for a catalogue signed by 8 cosmonauts 75 EUR + postage as charged by our postal services. Perhaps we can lower the postal rated, if David collects orders to US.

Gladly I write a small dedication and/or sign your copy.

Payment from inside EU: Bank account with IBAN. From outside EU PayPal is welcome.

NAAmodel#240
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posted 04-21-2016 03:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NAAmodel#240   Click Here to Email NAAmodel#240     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would be honored to be associated with your newest work. We are moving in the next several weeks back to Boston. Walter - please have your editor contact me. Look forward to sharing the Author's Talk lectern with you at NY2016 next month.

Penney Kols
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posted 05-09-2016 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Penney Kols     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
RegencySuperior is handling the U.S. sale of Pioneer Rocket Mail & Space Mail:
RegencySuperior is pleased to offer the newly released edition of 'Pioneer Rocket Mail and Space Mail' by Walter M. Hopferwieser. This long-awaited work replaces Ellington Zwisler Rocket Mail Catalog, which was issued in 1967 and 1973. In contrast to earlier rocket mail catalogues, there is great emphasis on technical, biographical and philatelic background.

The catalogue is in German language with introduction and key words translated into English, Russian, Chinese and Italian languages. There are 516 pages with colour pictures of many rocket and space flown covers. The hardbound catalogue has more than 1,000 color images including signatures of all astronauts.

Price: $46 USD (free shipping within the U.S. for orders placed before May 20, 2016).

To Order: telephone, toll-free: 1-800-782-0066, direct 314-361-5699; fax: 314-361-5677; email or purchase online.

NAAmodel#240
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posted 05-17-2016 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NAAmodel#240   Click Here to Email NAAmodel#240     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Once in a generation a handbook comes along that represents the gold standard in a collecting field. For those that like rocket mail it has always been the Ellington-Zwisler Rocket Mail Catalog published in 1967. Although entries were presented in a crude and difficult to read typeface and the illustrations were photo reduced black and white copies this diminutive catalog took a stab at including all nations, assigning catalog numbers to each flight and giving a retail value for the material. Despite a Volume 2 that Zwisler edited to address the 1968-1972 period, E-Z is hopelessly out of date.

If there is anyone in the world qualified to generate the worthy successor to E-Z it could only be Walter Hopferwieser. The Salzburg astrophilatelist has for decades been researching, collecting and expertizing envelopes carried into space. In 1993 he authored Cosmic Post, a solid effort that touched lightly on Austrian and American covers before exhaustively delving into Soviet/Russian flights. Also particularly helpful was a section for identification of cosmonaut and astronaut autographs. Ten years later, working with Roland Kohl, Hopferwieser produced a spiral bound treasure entitled, The Rocket Mail of Friedrich Schmiedl. After acquiring the holdings of the Schmiedl estate, Walter became the world authority on the Austrian rocket pioneer.

In Pioneer Rocket Post and Cosmic Post, Hopferwieser reaches for the E-Z high watermark and surpasses it. On its face the volume is beautiful. The work is case bound with glossy stock pages that bring the hundreds of large color illustrations to life. He categorizes the flights either by rocket pioneer (Ley, Roberti, Schmiedl, Tiling, Zucker, etc.) or by project spending about 200 pages on manned missions from the X-15, Apollo and Salyut to STS, MIR, ISS, and SpaceShipOne. An additional 50 pages cover unmanned programs.

Not only has the author totally re-indexed the world of rocket and space mail but has suggested 21st century prices for this seldom seen material. Unlike E-Z, Walter has not gotten bogged down in post WW II rocket flights which were rarely ground breaking and usually done solely for philatelic reasons. Exemplars of all cosmonaut, astronaut, and taikonauts autographs who have ventured into space is also included.

Walter Hopferwieser is that rare breed who is a consummate scholar, an accomplished astrophilatelist, and a solid author. For a modest additional cost, Hopferwieser has enlisted eight of his cosmonaut friends to autograph this wonderful book. My only wish, as someone who is illiterate in German, is that an edition be published in English. Retire your well-worn copy of the Ellington-Zwisler Rocket Mail Catalog and prepare to feast on an updated, expanded and bursting with color successor in Pioneer Rocket Post and Cosmic Post.

micropooz
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posted 05-23-2016 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've bought Mr. Hopferwieser's book and share David's (NAAModel#240) enthusiasm for it. But my German language lessons ended over 40 years ago, and alas, I've forgotten all but a few pronouns and numbers.

I have tried to do some translation of select pages by:

  1. Scanning the page as a pdf file.
  2. Highlighting and copying a block of text from the scan.
  3. Pasting the block of text into an online translator program and translating it.
  4. Copying/pasting the resulting English translation onto a Word file.
This works well for some pages, not for others. The main problem is in scanning the book - since the book will not open totally flat, the type characters that are near the junction of the two pages are shadowed, or angled, or both in the scan. And optical character recognition software does not recognize the shadowed/angled characters. The only solution I can think of involves cutting pages out of the book so they lay flat on the scanner, but I'm not ready to try that and likely never will.

So, does anyone have any better ideas on translating portions of this? Thanks!

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posted 05-23-2016 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ask the author to remake copies of his book in English. Never know if one never asks. I'm never afraid of a no, but hate not being allowed not to ask. Long shot, ich weiss.

cosmos-walter
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posted 05-25-2016 08:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
David and Dennis, I thank you very much for your warm and enthusiastic review. You can believe me: We all are very happy, that the book finally has made it into book-shelves - especially my wife Karin.

Within the next couple of months and years I will not resume my work on the catalogue. However, after the first edition is sold out, a second edition may be done in English. In this case, it should be worded by an English native-speaker, who also understands German very well. Of course I hope then to be able to further improve its content.

By the side: For NY exhibition I reworded my collection in English. See you on June 2nd at the Javits Convention Center.

DOX32
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posted 06-07-2016 12:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Walter, great meeting you at NY2016 World Stamp Expo.

Got my signed copy, and am very pleased with this fantastic catalogue.

Your exhibit at the show exceeded the Gold you got! What a fantastic exhibit and reference for all of us to enjoy. — Woody Witt

cosmos-walter
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posted 11-21-2017 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a good chance to start the translation of my catalogue into English. However, my editor wonders, how many copies should be printed. What do you think?

It will be interested for collectors in many non German speaking countries including USA, UK, India, Russia and China.

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posted 11-22-2017 09:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NAAmodel#240   Click Here to Email NAAmodel#240     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you were to create an English version I would suggest printing 500 copies.

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posted 11-23-2017 06:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How many of the original German language editions were sold? As in the previous post, 500 English edition sounds right.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 11-23-2017 07:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are the English book versions now available?

cosmos-walter
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posted 11-24-2017 04:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken, if all goes well translation will start in December 2017. Hopefully it will be available in a couple of months.

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posted 11-25-2017 05:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astrobv   Click Here to Email astrobv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If an English version would be available, could there be a follow up till the latest launches ISS?

cosmos-walter
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posted 11-25-2017 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An English version would include the latest launches to ISS. I am aware of a few mistakes that also would be corrected.

Moreover, within some two years additional research was or will be done, which also should be considered.

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