COMMEMORATIVE COVERS


SOVIET FIRST DAY COVERS

Here is a 1959 first day cover celebrating the first three Sputniks. It features the matching cover, stamp and cancellation.
Issued in August 1962 for the first anniversary of Titov's Vostok 2 flight, this is the cover paired with its matching stamp.
This is a Soviet 1961-1971 commemorative miniature sheet first day cover marking the ten years of achievements from Vostok, Gagarin, Voskhod and the Soyuz 4 and 5 link up. The 1971 Cosmonautics day cachet features Gagarin and Sputnik 1.
One of two more Soviet 1961-1971 commemorative first day covers. The 1971 Cosmonautics day cachet features Vostok R-7 launch vehicle and Vostok stamp.
This is the other Soviet 1961-1971 commemorative cover with the 1971 Cosmonautics day cachet featuring the Vostok orbiter and Gagarin stamp.
Shown here is a US 1974 cover commemorating the Soviet's Salyut and American's Skylab manned space stations. Cancelled 14-May-1974 for the release of the American Skylab stamp.
First day covers for the 1963 commemorative stamp issue


Sputnik: First Satellite
Luna 2: first Lunar impact

Luna 3: First image of moon dark side
Vostok: First man in space


Vostok 3/4: First multi-ship flight
Vostok 6: First woman in space
Cosmonautics day 1963 first day cover and stamp set.
Cosmonautics day 1968 first day cover and stamp set.
Cosmonautics day 1969 first day cover with Soyuz 4 and 5 cancellation.
Cosmonautics day 1970 cover with matching commemorative cachet and stamp.
1972 covers commemorating 15 years of Soviet space exploration
Cosmonautics day 1973 first day cover and matching stamp.
Cosmonautics day 1975 first day cover.
Cosmonautics day 1976 Celebrating 15 years since Titov's flight in Vostok 2. This example has been autographed by Titov.
Cosmonautics day 1976 postal stationary featuring a Soviet Mars probe and the Apollo Soyuz mission.
Cosmonautics day 1976 first day cover showing how far Soviet manned space equipment has progressed, from Vostok and a Salyut space station.
1976 Cosmonautics day covers commemorating 15 years since Gagarin's flight
(First man in space)
Cosmonautics day 1977 featuring its own Gagarin & Sputnik stamp.
Cosmonautics day 1977 postal stationary.
1977 stationary celebrating 20 years of space exploration.
1977 Here is a cover with associated stamp featuring Lunnik 16, Mars and Venera orbiters commemorating 20 years for space exploration.
1977 first day cover with associated stamp and cancellation, celebrating 20 years of the Cosmic era and featuring Salyut 6.
1977-10-4 First day covers commemorating 20 years since Sputnik
(First man made satellite)
1977 First day covers commemorating 20 years of Soviet space exploration
Cosmonautics day 1978 Intercosmos first day cover and matching stamp.
A second 1978 cosmonautics day cover with matching stamp.
First day covers for the 1978 Intercosmos commemorative stamp issue
1978 Intercosmos first day cover.
Cosmonautics day 1979 Intercosmos first day cover.
Another Cosmonautics day 1979 first day cover.
1980 cover commemorating 15th anniversary of Leonov's Voskhod 2 space walk.
Cosmonautics day 1981. It features either Salyut 6 or 7 and a Mars probe.
Cosmonautics day 1982 first day cover.
25 years of Space exploration 1982 postal stationary.
Cosmonautics day 1984 cover.
Rare Cosmonautics day 1984 maxicard featuring the matching stamp and cancellation, celebrating Soviet space achievements.
1987 Cosmonautics day cover and matching stamps
1987 first day cover celebrating 30 years of the Cosmic era and featuring the Mir space station. Is postmarked for the 29-December landing of Soyuz-TM3.
1979 first day cover and stamp celebrating the joint Soviet/Bulgarian mission to Salyut 6 on Soyuz 33.
1980 first day cover and stamp celebrating the 18-September launch of the joint Soviet/Cuban mission to Salyut 6 on Soyuz 38.
1981 first day cover and stamp celebrating the joint Soviet/Mongolian mission to Salyut 6 on Soyuz 39.
1984 first day cover and stamp celebrating the 3-April launch of the joint Soviet/Indian Soyuz T11 mission to Salyut 7.
1985 card celebrating 20 years since Leonov's Voskhod 2 space walk and featuring the 1979 deployment of the KRT-10 radio telescope on Salyut 6 that required an EVA, and the practical uses space walks have had since.
1988 first day cover and stamp celebrating the joint Soviet/Bulgarian Soyuz TM5 mission to Salyut 7. The silver medal for this event is on the Soviet manned missions page.
1977 Here we have a first day cover and stamp of Chief Designer Sergei Korolev, along with its matching postcard. Korolev was the head of the Soviet space program until his death in 1966. His identity was a state secret and was only referred to as the Chief Designer until his passing of cancer on 14-January-1966.
1982 cancellation featuring his 1969 stamp, this first day cover is commemorating Chief Designer Sergei Korolev.
1987 first day cover celebrating the life of Sergei Korolev the head of the early Soviet space program. His successes included all the records associated with the Sputnik, Vostok and Voskhod space programs.
1989 first day cover with associated stamp and cancellation, celebrating 30 years since the first Luna missions.
1991 cover featuring the miniature sheet celebrating 30 years since Yuri Gagarin's historic flight in Vostok 1.
2003 card and stamp commemorating 40 years since Valentina Tereshkova's flight on Vostok 6 making her the first woman in space.
2004 card and stamp commoemorating 50 years since the Cosmodrome at Baikonur was established. Baikonur saw all of the early Soviet space success's such as the launch of Sputnik and Vostok/Voskhod series flights including Gararin's.
Featuring a 2010 commemorative stamp, these seven covers are reproductions of some of the original Sputnik 5 philatellic items. The stamp and covers were issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Sputnik 5 which successfully carried the dogs Belka and Strelka in to orbit and returned them safely.
Here are a couple of random Soyuz postcards with space stamps.
Pictured here are two set of postcards from the 1970s and 80s featuring items from the Soviet Space Museum in Moscow.

AMERICAN FIRST DAY COVERS

1964 Artcraft cover for the Dr Robert Goddard stamp release.
1985 cover commemorating the 16th anniversary of the moon landing.
1989 stamp release and Colorano silks first day cover issued to celebrate 20 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing.
1989 Artcraft cover featuring the same stamp, celebrating 20 years since the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
1989 card issued for the 20th anniversary of the moon landing.
1994 silks cover issued for the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
This is a British Virgin Islands cover commemorating the 30th anniversary of the first moon landing. This 1999 cover is autographed by Paul Weitz who served on both SL-2, the first manned Skylab mission and STS-6 the maiden flight of the space shuttle Challenger.
2009 Alan Bean autographed first day cover issued in the Isle of Man to celebrate 40 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing was limited to just 750. It features the Isle of Man stamp release. Alan Bean was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12 and also commander of SL-3 the second manned Skylab mission.
Another of the Isle of Man 40th anniversary autographed covers series, is this 2010 cover autographed by Apollo 15's Command Module Pilot, Al Worden. Each of the covers in this series was limited to just 750 autographed covers.
A third from the Isle of Man 40th anniversary autographed covers series, is this 2010 cover autographed by Apollo 16's Lunar Module Pilot, Charlie Duke.
Continuing with the Isle of Man 40th anniversary autographed covers series, this is the 2010 cover autographed by the lunar module pilot of Apollo 14, Ed Mitchell.
The last from the Isle of Man 40th anniversary autographed covers series, is this 2010 cover autographed by Apollo 12's Command Module Pilot, Richard Gordon. Richard Gordon also flew the Gemini 11 mission.
2011 saw the 50th anniversary of Alan Shepard becoming the first American in Space. To commemorate this a stamp was released and here is a first day cover for the stamp release.

October 1959

Cosmonautics day 1962

Cosmonautics day 1963

Four Stars to Mars

Cosmonautics day

Manned space flight 1964

October

1977 Cosmonautics day

1978 Cosmonautics day

Intercosmos

1981 Cosmonautics day

1987 Cosmonautics day

50 YEARS IN SPACE (Australia 2007)


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