WTB - US 1962, 4¢ Project Mercury (Scott 1193) FDC's

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WTB - US 1962, 4¢ Project Mercury (Scott 1193) FDC's

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I started collecting these US Project Mercury fdcs about 12 months ago & understand they were distributed to 305 US Post Offices for sale as soon as they were advised that John Glenn had splashed down from his earth orbit:
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The most popular or regular town of postmark that is seen for this issue is Cape Canaveral, as this is the post office of "Official First Day of Issue. However as the cover below shows the post office at Cape Canaveral did not open until September 1, 1962, just over 6 months after John Glenn landed
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The Cape Canaveral Post Office was called Port Canaveral on February 20, 1962:
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As I am trying collect as many of these different post offices as I can, does anyone have a list of the 305 Post Offices or know where I can obtain a list :?:

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I will shortly post a list of which fdc post offices I have for this issue, but in the meantime if any stampboarders have any they might like to sell please post images of them on this thread.

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BigSaint wrote:I will shortly post a list of which fdc post offices I have for this issue, but in the meantime if any stampboarders have any they might like to sell please post images of them on this thread.

Thank you, Brad :)
You can find a list of post offices and a lot more information here:
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Thank you King Penguin, that is brilliant :!: :)

I spent so much time looking & found nothing,

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PS No "Cape Canaveral" or "Port Canaveral".
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FYI:

A good, inexpensive source of these covers for you maybe the U.S. eBay store bargainhuntersfriend.

Covers often cost pennies. They let you wait 10 days between purchases to make it worth their while (free shipping, too).

Most of Mercury FDCs seem to be Cape Canavaral postmarks, but you never know. Keyword: space.

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Love your idea here Brad. I only became interested in stamps with a space theme after going to see the recent film Hidden Figures a couple of weeks ago.

http://www.hiddenfigures.com

A fascinating film about the incredibly important contribution 3 female African American mathematicians made to NASAs early space programs - in particular John Glenn's amazing orbits of the earth and the dangerous challenge of getting him back safely.

I hope you share your collection as it grows :)

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briggia

Yes I saw that movie, another good one about the Project Mercury astronauts is "The Right Stuff":
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britjag wrote:FYI:

A good, inexpensive source of these covers for you maybe the U.S. eBay store bargainhuntersfriend.

Covers often cost pennies. They let you wait 10 days between purchases to make it worth their while (free shipping, too).

Most of Mercury FDCs seem to be Cape Canavaral postmarks, but you never know. Keyword: space.

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Thank you britjag, yes I agree, he has been a good supplier of JFK fdcs for me as well.

As for Cape Canaveral, the post office was not known as that until September 1, 1962, yet there seems to millions postmarked there. According to the list of post office that received the stamp neither Cape Canaveral nor Port Canaveral (it's name at the time) received the Project Mercury stamp. However Fort Worth did:
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Received this one from Stampboarder Sheldon:
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House of Farnum FDC postmarked Lorain Ohio.

"House Of Farnum Cachets are the oldest continuously produced cachets. They were founded by Dusty Farnum & his wife Vera, in Cleveland Ohio, on May 9, 1936. The business was sold to John Halliday of Whittier, California in the late 1970's & in 1988, Artmaster took over production of House Of Farnum in 1988. Today House Of Farnum cachets are multi-colour engravings, while early covers are a single colour.

Today you will also see Cover Craft Cachets, which were founded by Ben Schwarz in 1964. Also produced by Artmaster since 1988, they have become a limited edition of the same design of House Of Farnum. Identified by "CC" instead of "HF" on the cachet & being on slightly greyish paper & including a card with production & stamp details."
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I rather liked Sheldon's outer cover too.

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BigSaint wrote:briggia

Yes I saw that movie, another good one about the Project Mercury astronauts is "The Right Stuff":

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Finally here is the list of the 305 Post Offices that the Project Mercury stamp was delivered to, although the list I was given had 307. :o

Below is the list of post offices I am looking for by State & Town. Kindly note if a "number" on the left hand side is missing, don't panic, it means I have that one:

State Town
1 Alabama Birmingham
2 Alabama Mobille
3 Alabama Montgomery
4 Alaska Anchorage
5 Arizona Phoenix
7 Arkansas Little Rock
8 California Anaheim
9 California Bakersfield
10 California Berkeley
11 California Beverley Hills
12 California Burbank
13 California Burlingame
14 California Culver City
15 California Fresno
16 California Glendale
17 California Inglewood
20 California McClellan AFB
21 California Modesto
24 California Palo Alto
25 California Pasadena
26 California Richmond
28 California Sacramento
29 California San Bernardino
30 California San Diego
32 California San Jose
33 California San Mateo
34 California Santa Ana
35 California Santa Barbara
36 California Santa Monica
37 California Stockton
38 California Van Nuys
39 California Whittier
40 Colorado Boulder
42 Colorado Denver
44 Connecticut Bristol
45 Connecticut Greenwich
46 Connecticut Hartford
47 Connecticut New Britain
48 Connecticut New Haven
49 Connecticut Stamford
50 Connecticut Waterbury
52 D.C. Washington
54 Florida Cocoa Beach
55 Florida Fort Lauderdale
56 Florida Jacksonville
57 Florida Miami
59 Florida Pensacola
60 Florida Saint Petersburg
61 Florida Tallahasse
62 Florida Tampa
63 Florida West Palm Beach
64 Georgia Atlanta
66 Georgia Columbus
67 Georgia Macon
68 Georgia Savannah
70 Idaho Boise
71 Illinois Aurora
72 Illinois Bloomington
77 Illinois Joliet
78 Illinois Melrose Park
79 Illinois Moline
80 Illinois Mount Morris
81 Illinois North Chicago
82 Illinois Oak Park
83 Illinois Peoria
84 Illinois Rockford
85 Illinois Skokie
86 Illinois Springfiled
88 Indiana Crawfordsville
89 Indiana Elkhart
91 Indiana Fort Wayne
92 Indiana Gary
93 Indiana Hammond
96 Indiana Lafayette
97 Indiana South Bend
102 Iowa Sioux City
104 Kansas Kansas City
105 Kansas Shawnee Mission
106 Kansas Topeka
107 Kansas Wichita
108 Kentucky Lexington
109 Kentucky Louisville
110 Louisiana Baton Rouge
112 Louisiana Shreveport
113 Maine Portland
115 Maryland Hagerstown
118 Massachusetts Brookton
119 Massachusetts Clinton
120 Massachusetts Fall River
121 Massachusetts Lawrence
122 Massachusetts Lowell
123 Massachusetts Lynn
124 Massachusetts New Bedford
125 Massachusetts Springfiled
126 Massachusetts Worcester
128 Michigan Battle Creek
131 Michigan Flint
133 Michigan Jackson
134 Michigan Kalamazoo
135 Michigan Lansing
136 Michigan Muskegon
137 Michigan Pontiac
142 Minnesota Saint Paul
143 Mississippi Jackson
144 Missouri Jefferson City
150 Nebraska Lincoln
151 Nebraska Omaha
152 Nevada Las Vegas
153 Nevada Reno
154 New Hampshire Concord
155 New Hampshire Manchester
156 New Jersey Atlantic City
158 New Jersey Camden
159 New Jersey Clifton
160 New Jersey East Orange
161 New Jersey Elizabeth
162 New Jersey Englewood
163 New Jersey Fairview
164 New Jersey Hackensack
165 New Jersey Jersey City
166 New Jersey Keamy
168 New Jersey New Brunswick
169 New Jersey Passaic
170 New Jersey Paterson
171 New Jersey Plainfield
172 New Jersey Princeton
173 New Jersey Rahway
174 New Jersey Rutherford 1
176 New Jersey Union
177 New Jersey Union City
178 New Jersey West New York
180 New Mexico Roswell
181 New York Albany
182 New York Binghamton
185 New York Elmira
187 New York Freeport
188 New York Garden City
189 New York Great Neck
190 New York Hampstead
191 New York Hicksville
193 New York Long Island City
194 New York Mineola
195 New York Mount Vernon
196 New York Newark
197 New York New Hyde Park
198 New York New Rochelle
200 New York Niagara Falls
201 New York Pleasantville
202 New York Port Washington
203 New York Poughkeepsie
205 New York Rockville Centre
207 New York Staten Island
208 New York Syracuse
209 New York Utica
211 New York Yonkers
213 North Carolina Durham
214 North Carolina Greensboro
215 North Carolina Highpoint
216 North Carolina Raleigh
217 North Carolina Winston Salem
218 North Dakota Fargo
219 Ohio Akron
221 Ohio Cincinatti
223 Ohio Columbus
225 Ohio Lima
227 Ohio Mansfield
228 Ohio Marion
229 Ohio New Concord
230 Ohio Springfiled
232 Ohio Youngstown
233 Oklahoma Lawton
234 Oklahoma Oklahoma City
235 Oklahoma Tulsa
240 Pennsylvania Bethlehem
241 Pennsylvania Chester
242 Pennsylvania Easton
244 Pennsylvania Hanover
247 Pennsylvania Norristown
249 Pennsylvania Pittsburg
250 Pennsylvania Reading
252 Pennsylvania Sharon
253 Pennsylvania Upper Derby
254 Pennsylvania Warren
255 Pennsylvania Wilkes Barre
256 Pennsylvania William Port
258 Puerto Rico San Juan
259 Rhode Island Pawtucket
261 South Carolina Charleston
262 South Carolina Columbia
263 South Carolina Greeneville
264 South Dakota Sioux Falls
265 Tennessee Chattanooga
266 Tennessee Kingsport
267 Tennessee Knoxville
269 Tennessee Nashville
270 Texas Abilene
271 Texas Amarillo
272 Texas Austin
273 Texas Beaumont
274 Texas Corpus Christi
278 Texas Houston
281 Texas Waco
283 Utah Ogden
284 Utah Salt Lake City
286 Virginia Alexandria
287 Virginia Arlington
288 Virginia Falls Church
289 Virginia Hampton
290 Virginia Lynchburg
291 Virginia Norfolk
293 Virginia Roanoke
295 Washington Spokane
296 Washington Tacoma
297 West Virginia Charleston
298 West Virginia Huntington
299 Wisconsin Appleton
300 Wisconsin Chippewa Falls
301 Wisconsin Green Bay
304 Wisconsin Oshkosh
305 Wisconsin Racine
306 Wisconsin Superior
307 Wyoming Cheyenne

Please let me know if you have any that are on the list above & pop a scan on this thread for me..

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Brad having an office clean-up and found this little gem.

Signed by John Glenn.

I sold it to a member here 8 years back, but he never paid, and it vanished back into the quagmire here. :) --->

https://stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=15045

Not sure if you have any autographed ones but they certainly can't be common? Genuine live signature, not an autopen.

Came from that amazing Gold Medal weightlifter Dean Lukin hoard of Space related stuff he mailed me in 6 foot long whole Tuna cartons from Port Lincoln. :D
A rather interesting story. :mrgreen:

About 30 years ago, the Olympic Gold Medal super heavyweight weightlifter Dean Lukin sent me all his stamps to buy.

Lukin was an incredibly wealthy guy, being part of the Lukin Tuna fishing Dynasty in Port Lincoln.
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Lukin won the Gold Medal in the Super Heavyweight category at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He carried the Australian flag during the closing ceremony of those 1984 games, and remains Australia's only Olympic Gold medallist for weightlifting.

He also saw success in the Commonwealth Games, winning Gold Medals in the Super Heavyweight division of the 1982 Brisbane games and the 1986 Edinburgh games.

His Australia collection had every Kangaroo COMPLETE MINT, in a Seven Seas album, AND a mint Ross Smith Vignette with margins .. that sheet was $20,000 alone etc.

He mailed it all down to me in 6 foot long Tuna cartons used for export of Tuna fish to Japan. :D

He also mailed down HUNDREDS of Music CDs, Cassette tapes, and playing equipment. All pretty HOT back then! All used on the deep sea tuna boats.

And heaps of Space Exploration and signed Apollo 11 covers etc he'd spent many $1,000s on - many I've offered here in the past. As I said, a VERY wealthy guy! HE had Mission Covers signed by John Glenn and Buzz Aldrin etc.

He bought them from Space specialist dealers Jack Koch, and Clyde Sarzin in the USA etc, and paid $US175, many decades back according to glassine bag it was in.
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Glen

I have a few including some that are lost on my desk & the two below which have Certficates of Authencity. Ordinarily I don't think these are worth the paper that they are printed on. However I believe these are better than most CofA's.

The signatures also match yours which is also a bonus.
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Unfortunately this doesn't have the Project Mercury stamp on it as the stamp was not issued until 3.30 pm East Coast USA time. Of course Cape Canaveral Post Office didn't exist until September 1, 1962, with Cape Canaveral postmarks done at either Cocoa or Kansas City. However it qualifies nicely as a "Lift Off Cover":
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This one has come from an auction house:
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It is postmarked 8 pm San Francisco time well after splashdown.

I think I am pretty well catered for on these unless you can make me an offer I can't refuse.

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While these were delivered only to 305 large post offices in the US, it did not stop collectors taking them to other post offices for postmarking.
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Below is a list of those that I have by State & Town:

Alabama Huntsville
Arkansas Summers
California Buena Park
California Buena Park Ghost Town
California Corning
California Cypress
California Lakewood
California Los Angeles Term Annex
California Los Angeles Village Sta
California Mountain View
California Pinole
California Richmond - McVittie An
California Riverside Rubidoux Br
California Sierra Madre
California Torrance
California Tustin
Florida Cape Canaveral
Florida Port Canaveral
Georgia Calhoun
HPO Duluth & Nolo? RPO
HPO Tol & Col HPO
HPO Utica & Bing Trip 2
Maryland Columbia
Massachusetts Boston - Roxbury Sta
Massachusetts Raynham
Massachusetts West Somerville
Michigan Allen Park
Michigan Beech
Michigan Dearborn N E Sta
Michigan Richville
Minnesota North Saint Paul
Minnesota Owatonna
Nebraska Omaha Burlington Sta
New Jersey Colonia
New York Hamburg
New York Levittown
New York New York Church St Sta
New York New York Midtown Sta
New York New York Village Sta
New York Pearl River
New York Pound Ridge
North Carolina Salisbury
Ohio Cambridge
Pennsylvania Haverhill
Tennesee Memphis Naval Base
Texas Idalou
Utah Midvale
Utah Salt Lake City Sugar Hse
Washington Anacortes
Washington Chealis
Washington Mercer Island
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Please let me know if you have others I don't have listed here by popping a scan on the thread here.

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BigSaint wrote:
I think I am pretty well catered for on these unless you can make me an offer I can't refuse.

Brad :)

Brad, I reduced it from $150 to $A125, 8 years back, and member did not pay for it -

https://stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=15045

You are the accountant - work out the compound interest on $125 over 8 years! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Actually I recall he part paid, and then died or moved or whatever, so I was part in profit, so popped it back into stock at same price $A125 as stock 764KE if you or others need it.

Lukin paid $US175 for it DECADES before that. Owned by an Olympic Gold Medal winner and signed by John Glenn .. pretty cool cover. :lol: :lol: :lol:

And your signed ones are not from Cape Canaveral. Coff. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Glen

I never said I didn't have one from Cape Canaveral:
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but here are some Cape Canaveral postmarks to consider:

Cape Canaveral fdi postmarked at Philatelic Bureau, Kansas City Missouri:
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Cape Canaveral fdi postmarked at Cocoa Post Office, Florida:
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Letter from University Stamp Club of Florida confirming Cape Canaveral postmark available at Cocoa post office:
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Cape Canaveral 4 bar cds on day Port Canveral Post Office changed it's name to Cape Canaveral on September 1, 1962:
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Ok I will take Dean Lukin's John Glenn Project Mercury, providing it doesn't smell like Tuna :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Glen

You may not have noticed what I posted before the correct & incorrect Artcraft cachets:
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The one on the left is John Glenn's launch rocket which was an Atlas LV 3B, similar to the one below:
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While the one on the right is Alan Shepard's & Gus Grissom's launch rocket which was a Redstone MRLV, similar to the one below:
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It would appear the Artcraft Cachetmaker didn't know the difference.

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BigSaint wrote:Glen

I have a few including some that are lost on my desk.
Which I have now just found, :D & came with a letter explaining how they came to be signed. There are more covers signed by John than what I am adding here:
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Some extra signatures on these. Jerome P Cavanagh, was Mayor of Detroit from 1962 till 1970 & Edward Baker. Can anyone tell me who is Edward Baker :?:
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The USS Newport News (CA–148) was a Des Moines-class heavy cruiser in the U S Navy. Newport News was laid down 1 November 1945; launched on 6 March 1948 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia. She was the first fully air-conditioned surface ship in the U S Navy, and the last all-gun heavy cruiser in commission in naval history.
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Newport News during operations in the Mediterranean in 1957
Newport News' berthing and communications facilities were modified in the winter of 1962 to accommodate Commander United States Second Fleet and his staff. In August 1962, she participated in NATO Exercise RIPTIDE III, and upon the end of the exercise, made a month-long tour of Northern European ports as flagship of ComStrikFltLant, the NATO role of Commander Second Fleet.
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Newport News transiting the Kiel Canal in September 1962.
It was on this tour that this cover was postmarked using a Dutch stamp while at the Netherlands. The signatures on this cover are facsimiles of the Mercury Seven astronauts. It is not clear to me what connection this ship had to the Project Mercury space operation:
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Another interesting Project Mercury item I picked up recently:
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America's First Space Flight - "Freedom 7".
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Mercury-Redstone 3, or Freedom 7, was the first U S human spaceflight, on May 5, 1961, piloted by astronaut Alan Shepard. Shepard named his space capsule Freedom 7, setting a precedent for the remaining six Mercury astronauts naming their spacecraft. The number 7 was included in all the manned Mercury spacecraft names to honor NASA's first group of seven astronauts. Gus Grissom's flight was on July 21, 1961, so it is interesting that this slogan was still in use 3 weeks later.

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On May 5, 1961 NASA Project Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard aboard his Freedom 7 capsule powered by a Redstone booster, became the first American in space. His suborbital flight lasted 15 minutes, 28 seconds. This stamp was issued by Amvets (American Veterans) to celebrate this event.
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If anyone has anymore information on Amvets & these poster stamps, please post it here :?:

Has anyone seen these used on any Project Mercury covers :?:
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A recent acquisition from ebay:
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From the list of post offices this stamp was issued to shown above "50 Connecticut Waterbury" can be removed from the list.
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A recent acquisition from ebay:
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From the list of post offices this stamp was issued to shown above "234 Oklahoma Oklahoma City" can be removed from the list.
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A recent acquisition from ebay:
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From the list of post offices this stamp was issued to shown above "278 Texas Houston" can be removed from the list.

I guess I can now say "Houston" is not a problem. :D
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In the first post in this thread I established that Cape Canaveral Post Office did not open until Saturday, September 1, 1962:
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But the latest usage of Port Canaveral that I can find so far is Monday, August 27, 1962:
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Does anyone out there have a Friday, August 31, 1962 for Port Canaveral, that they don't need :?:

Please let me know by posting a copy here.

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BigSaint wrote:Ok I will take Dean Lukin's John Glenn Project Mercury, providing it doesn't smell like Tuna :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sold to Brad, payment made. :)
Glenn

John Glenn splashed down AOK in Cheltenham today:
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PS The postal agent at Cheltenham didn't know why the red lines were on the cover. He received an education from me. :roll:
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The connection between USS Ajax & Project Mercury is a little lost on me & her whereabouts in 1959 is not disclosed in Wikipedia:
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USS Ajax (AR-6), in service 1943 to 1986, was the second Vulcan-class repair ship. A repair ship is a naval auxiliary ship designed to provide maintenance support to warships. Repair ships provide similar services to destroyer, submarine & seaplane tenders or depot ships, but may offer a broader range of repair capability including equipment & personnel for repair of more significant machinery failures or battle damage
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I can only think who made these add on cachets found a cover whose date matched an event & applied the cachet although there was little relevance to the postmark.
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The connection between USS Forrestal & Project Mercury is a little lost on me as at the time this cover was postmarked she was on her second tour of duty in the Mediterranean, from 2 September 1958 to 12 March 1959:
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USS Forrestal (CV-59), formerly AVT-59 and CVA-59, was a supercarrier named after the first Secretary of Defense James Forrestal. Commissioned in 1955, she was the first completed supercarrier, & was the lead ship of her class. Unlike the successor Nimitz class, Forrestal & her class were conventionally powered. The other carriers of her class were USS Saratoga, USS Ranger & USS Independence. She superseded the World War II Japanese carrier Shinano as the largest aircraft carrier ever built in terms of full load displacement & was the first to specifically support jet aircraft.

The ship was affectionately called "The FID", because James Forrestal was the first ever Secretary of Defense, FID standing for "First In Defense". This is also the slogan on the ship's insignia and patch. She was also informally known in the fleet as the "USS Zippo" & "Forest Fire" or "Firestal" because of a number of highly publicized fires on board, most notably 1967 incident in which 134 sailors died and an additional 161 were injured.

However there is no reference to her & the NASA Space Programme as recovery ship or anything else.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Forrestal_(CV-59)
I can only think who made these add on cachets found a cover whose date matched an event & applied the cachet although there was little relevance to the postmark.
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19 Jan 1962 USS Forrestal received a Unit Award, i.e. the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal [AE] for 19 Jan–7 Mar 1962. Jan-Feb '62 the ship accomplished a six-week refresher training cruise off the east coast that extended down into Caribbean waters, focusing upon the Guantánamo Bay area. She also visited Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In addition, Mercury-Atlas 6 [MA-6] launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida at 0947 on 20 February 1962. LCOL John H. Glenn, Jr., USMC, the 40-year-old astronaut, completed three orbits about the earth in four hours 55 minutes to become the first American to orbit the planet. Glenn flew spacecraft Friendship 7 in her 75,679 mile voyage at a maximum speed of 17,544.1 miles per hour. Describing his re-entry as a “real fireball” Glenn splashed down in the Atlantic some 166 miles east of Grand Turk Island in the Bahamas, about 800 miles southeast of Bermuda. Destroyer Noa (DD-841) recovered the astronaut after he spent 21 minutes in the water, and a helo flew him on to antisubmarine warfare support aircraft carrier Randolph (CVS-15) at 1745. Although Glenn did not land nearby, Forrestal stood ready as one of the potential tracking and measuring stations for the epochal flight.

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Thank you for that extra information Peter. I did find this cover from the USS Forrestal among my recovery ships with the postmark relating to Scott Carpenter's flight:
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It is not quite clear to me, in relation to the recovery ships, whether dealers, such as Morris Beck, actually knew which ships were involved in the recovery or whether they just did a "blanket" send off to all ships.
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John Glenn's recovery ship, USS Noa, but like the previous one, postmarked for Scott Carpenter's flight:
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USS Randolph, to where John Glenn was tranferred after being picked up by the USS Noa, but postmarked for Wally Shirra's flight (& unfortunately does not have the Project Mercury stamp):
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BigSaint wrote:Another interesting Project Mercury item I picked up recently:
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America's First Space Flight - "Freedom 7".
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Mercury-Redstone 3, or Freedom 7, was the first U S human spaceflight, on May 5, 1961, piloted by astronaut Alan Shepard. Shepard named his space capsule Freedom 7, setting a precedent for the remaining six Mercury astronauts naming their spacecraft. The number 7 was included in all the manned Mercury spacecraft names to honor NASA's first group of seven astronauts. Gus Grissom's flight was on July 21, 1961, so it is interesting that this slogan was still in use 3 weeks later.

Does anyone have any information on this slogan cancel. Was it just used at Virginia Beach, Virginia? How long was this slogan in use for?

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Another example, also Virginia Beach, Virginia, & signed by Alan Sheperd, but this one is 3 days before Grissom's flight.

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Another recent acquisition signed by John Glenn but this one is not first day but instead a slogan cancel from New Concord, Ohio - "Home of Astronaut Glenn". John Glenn lived in Concord from age 2. He did his schooling here before becoming a pilot.
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Obviously a Clyde Sarzin Souvenir Cover that was first used on John Glenn day "March 3, 1962".

Does anyone know how long it was in use :?:
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Seems like Virginia Beach was the place to go for this cancel, although like the first one I showed, it is after Gus Grissom's flight:
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This one has an added a cinderella & red date stamp for the 52nd Anniversary of Alan Shepard's flight.
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BigSaint wrote:John Glenn's recovery ship, USS Noa, but like the previous one, postmarked for Scott Carpenter's flight:
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I have one for John Glenn's flight on it's way from ebay. :)
And it indeed arrived today & signed by John Glenn to boot:
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The issue with this postmark is that the USS Noa was not on the list of post offices that received this stamp & as the USS Noa was in the North Atlantic Ocean at the time, the postmark could not have been applied on that date. Obviously it was backdated for someone, as a favour, perhaps John Glenn, who has signed the "fdc". It has been suggested that the earliest date the USS Noa could have received a supply of these stamps was February 23, 1962.

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PS I wonder if one of those will exist :?:
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BigSaint wrote:On May 5, 1961 NASA Project Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard aboard his Freedom 7 capsule powered by a Redstone booster, became the first American in space. His suborbital flight lasted 15 minutes, 28 seconds. This stamp was issued by Amvets (American Veterans) to celebrate this event.
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If anyone has anymore information on Amvets & these poster stamps, please post it here :?:

Has anyone seen these used on any Project Mercury covers :?:
And now I have found a full sheet:
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A recent ebay acquisition:
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A "Space City" souvenir cachet cover for Wally Schirra's return to the mainland at Houston International Airport.

On October 3, 1962, Schirra became the fifth American in space, piloting the Mercury-Atlas 8 (Sigma 7) on a six-orbit mission lasting 9 hours, 13 minutes, and 11 seconds. The capsule attained a velocity of 17,557 miles per hour and an altitude of 175 statute miles, and landed within 4 miles of the main Pacific Ocean recovery ship (USS Kearsage). On October 16, 1962, Schirra and his family were greeted by President Kennedy at the White House, just hours after Kennedy received information leading to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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A snippet from today's newspaper:
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I wondered whether someone might add "A View of Our Planets - Mercury" stamp to a Project Mercury fdc. I found one with an add on cachet by "Bullfrog":
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And I found one of these Mercury stamps postmarked 4 days before official issue:
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A new acquistion from ebay - "Richmond, California".
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So number 26 can be crossed off the list above. :)
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Another new acquisition from ebay - "Saint Paul, Minnesota".
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Number 142 can now be removed from the list above. :)
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Well it would appear that the USS Noa was not the only Ship Post Office to backdate cancels:
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Does anyone know where she was at the time of issue & when she might have taken stock of the Project Mercury stamp :?:

Here is another cover that was likely to have been postmarked at the time of splashdown:
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