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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Apollo-Soyuz Before the Docking - The Setenant July 15, 1975

The other setenant undocked.

Scott #1570 Apollo-Soyuz undocked


The ArtCraft Cachet


The Cape Kennedy circular date stamp and first day of issue cancellation.


Collecting space covers can be very rewarding.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Apollo-Soyuz - Docked - The Setenant July 15, 1975

The US Postal Service issued a setenant pair of two 10-cent multicolored stamps on July 15, 1975, at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

The stamp, Scott #1569, represents the docking of the Apollo-Spyuz mission.BlogMisc/apollosoyuz1.jpg

Two nations collaborated on a space project for the first time.

In July 1975, the United States launched the manned Apollo Command to rendezvous with Russia's manned Soyuz spacecraft. A special docking station made it possible for the astronauts to work together.

Television stations worldwide broadcast the historic event. The modules remained docked for two days while the teams performed experiments in space.

Along with the circular date stamp and first day of issue bar line cancellation, the first half of the setenant pair of stamps portrays the docking of the two spacecraft.


The ArtCraft cachet beautifully portrays this great moment in the history of space exploration.


The other half of the setenant, "before the link-up", will be posted for you soon.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Comoros Islands Commemorate Apollo-Soyuz 1975

The Comoro Islands, officially the Union of the Comoros, is a sovereign archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean located at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel off the eastern coast of Africa between northeastern Mozambique and northwestern Madagascar. Other countries near the Comoros are Tanzania to the northwest and the Seychelles to the northeast. Its capital is Moroni, on Grande Comore. The Union of the Comoros has three official languages – Comorian, Arabic and French. The religion of the majority of the population is Islam.

This great souvenir sheet was issued in 1975 to commemorate the Apollo-Soyuz rendezvous and docking mission in space.


Scott #163 Comoro Islands issued December 15, 1975


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Rural Electrification Administration

President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Rural Electrification Administration by executive order on May 11, 1935. It was established by Act of Congress on May 20, 1936 and authorized to serve as a lending agency and develop a program for rural electrification. The REA became part of the Department of Agriculture.

The stamp, issued on May 11, 1985 in Madison, South Dakota, is Scott #2144 on an Art Craft cachet.





In 1935 only about one out of ten farms had electricity.
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For the next few weeks I'll be talking about the first day covers of ArtCraft along with everything else.

ArtCraft closed it's doors recently after 76 years of making philatelic history.

I'm predicting a sudden, salubrious escalation in the value of the ArtCraft cachet, all ArtCraft first day covers and ArtCraft portrait cards.
Including those connected to the Postal Commemorative Society

Their departure signals the end of an extraordinarily crucial, very important, highly significant and exceedingly meaningful period in philately

A mournful signal which will be heard around the world and lamented throughout the multitude of collectors

Leo and Sam August treasured their associations with the world's greatest philatelists

Leo's contributions to our hobby were significant enough to earn the coveted Luft Award and a place in the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame.

ArtCraft has well-earned it's place in the great chronological record in the history of philately.

Their raised ink, line-engraved intaglio printed cachets rank among the most aesthetic in the world.

ArtCraft cachets are not just beautiful.

They are works of art that showcase the wonders of the world and illuminate the powers of human creativity and ingenuity.

The Coober Pedy Cover
One of the World's Great Philatelic Rarities

Coober Pedy

Could this become la pièce de résistance de toute la modern Australian philatélie ?

Coober Pedy is a town in northern South Australia. The town is sometimes referred to as the "opal capital of the world" because of the quantity of precious opals that are mined there. Coober Pedy is renowned for its below-ground residences,called "dugouts", which are built in this fashion due to the scorching daytime heat. The name "Coober Pedy" comes from the local Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means "white man's hole".

Opal was found in Coober Pedy on 1 February 1915; since then the town has been supplying most of the world's gem-quality opal. Coober Pedy today relies as much on tourism as the opal mining industry to provide the community with employment and sustainability. Coober Pedy has over 70 opal fields and is the largest opal mining area in the world.

Coober Pedy - no village, no buildings, no roads, just desert, mountains dotted with boulders. A bizarre lunar landscape, but for opal seekers is the most exciting place on earth, where again every day is the true challenge, happiness and luck just a shovel width apart and where life is defined by two words: winners and losers. Coober Pedy, grab your hat, throw it into the air and where it lands start digging !


Coober Pedy

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David Saks

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