Wednesday, August 08, 2012

A simple but nice cover from Italy

The Olympic Games of London are not the only story filling the news these days, there is also the landing of Curiosity rover on Mars, the red planet. On this last event I’m shared between being impressed by what human being can do and being sad that we can spend such a huge amount of money for this sort of activity instead of solving the problems we have on Earth. Anyway… 

As a funny coincidence I have received this week a cover from Italy bearing a space related stamp so I decided to share it with you. Also the cover has a very clean cancel, despite the fact that this is not a “philatelic” cancel: this is more and more difficult to get such clean postmark. 

So here is the cover. 

And here is a closer look at the stamp.

The stamp was issued on the 12th of April 2011 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first man in Space, Yuri Gagarin. Indeed on the 12th of April 1961, the spacecraft Vostok I completed an orbit of the Earth with Yuri Gagarin on board. Gagarin is very famous, so no need to introduce him I guess. He was born in 1934 so he was 27th when he accomplished his mission. I’m quite impressed by the risk these guys were taking at this time.

The Italian stamp pictures Gagarin at the time of his flight, and the Vostok I spacecraft in the background. For information the first day cancel of this stamp issue re-used exactly the same design than the stamp (here is a picture coming from Italian post website).

Gagarin has been pictured on a huge number of stamps. Only one from France, as far as I know. A stamp issued in 2001 to celebrate the century and commemorating the 40th anniversary of the first man in space.

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