Sunday, June 28, 2009

FDC from China

Argentina 78 FDC from Monaco

Valentina Tereshkova

Cuba - Registered Cover to Argentina

From Wikipedia: Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (Валентина Владимировна Терешкова; born 6 March 1937) is the first woman in space, now a retired Soviet cosmonaut. Out of more than four hundred applicants and then out of five finalists, she was selected to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963 and become the first woman to fly in space. On this mission, lasting almost three days in space, she performed various tests on herself to collect data on the female body's reaction to spaceflight.

Souvernir sheet from Bulgaria

Before being recruited as a cosmonaut, Tereshkova was a textile-factory assembly worker and an amateur parachutist. After the female cosmonaut group was dissolved in 1969, she became a prominent member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, holding various political offices. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, she retired from politics but remains revered as a hero in Russia.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Olympic Games Berlín 1936

They were the XI edition of the Summer Olympic Games in the Modern Era. They were held in Berlin, Germany, between August 1 and August 16, 1936.
The city of Berlin won the bid to host the Games in May of 1931 (over Barcelona City), more than one year before the appointment of Adolf Hitler as the Chancellor of Germany. Spain didn´t participate in the Games and, at the firt, the team of the United States had the intention of boycott the Games, but finally they opted for participating.

The Berlin Swimming Stadium- Used Postcard

Olympic and Nazi Postmarks
Hitler took advantage of the Games to shou the world the magnificence of the Nazism and entrusted an elaborate advertising progam to the minister of publicity Joseph Goebbels who at the the same time entrusted the upt in scene to Albert Speer and the supervision of filming to the photographer Leni Riefenstahl. In August 1, during the ignauguration of the Olympic Games of Berlin, like asample of the greatness, the Hindenmbug, flew over the Olympic Satdium moments before the apparition of Hitler.

Germany won the Games with 33 gold medals, 26 silver medals and 30 bronze medals.

Berlin 1936 Postcard with Hindenburg Postmark

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Barcelona 1992

Addressed Firs Day Cover to Argentina

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Melbourne 1956

A cover from Czech Republic

Melbourne 1956

Addressed First Day Cover from Australia

The XVI Olympic Games were celebrated in 1956 in Melbourne, Australia, although the equestrian events could not be carried out in that country due to the rules of quarantine. Because of it, they were carried out in Stockholm, Sweden. It was the first occasion, and the unique one up to now, in which same Olympic games were celebrated in different countries. Melbourne was chosen like the host above rival as Buenos Aires (Argentina), Mexico City and six cities of the United States of America.

Australia obtained the third place with 13 gold medals, 8 silver medals and 14 bronze medals.

Friday, June 12, 2009

My prefered postcard

This is an used postcard from the Panathinaiko Stadium, Athens. It is the only major stadium in the world built fully of white marble.

It is a very interesting postcard because, the sender mention something about "...the olympics games next year...".

The problem here is that the postmark is dated FEB - 14 - 1909 so, according to my research, the sender was referring to the Intercalated Olympic Games that had been planned for 1910.

In 1901, the IOC decided that each four years, between two Olympic Games, some Games were carried in Athens. After the succes of the Olympic Games of 1896, Athens was enthusiastic in carrying out new a Game, but it was a lot of pressure and work to carry out thes games each four years.

When the Games of Paris 1900 and St. Louis 1904 were completely darkened by the World´s Fair, Athens appeared like a salvation for the Olymplic Movement, for which the second play in Athens was organized in 1906.

Nevertheless, Athens decided that was not capable of organizing other Games for 1910 (due the Balcan´s conflict) and already for 1914 there was much less support to produce them. Finally, the First World War put an end to this idea. But eighty years later, the idea revived when was decided that the Olympic Games of Winter were carried out.


Fifth Anniversary of the Challenger Shutle Mission 1986

At about 11:30 AM, Eastern Time, January 28, 1986, the Shuttle Challenger was launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida. Aboard the ship were its Commander, Francis R. Scobee, its pilot, Michael J. Smith, and its crew, Christa McAuliffe (the first 'Teacher in Space'), Mission Specialists Ellison S. Onizuka, Judith A. Resnick and Ronald E. McNair, along with Payload Specialist Gregory B. Jarvis.

Seventy-three seconds into the mission, the Challenger exploded and fell into the sea. On April 29, 1986 the identified remains that had been located were turned over to their families for burial. However, there were number of unidentified remains. These remains were buried at Arlington National Cemetery on May 20, 1986.

Cover - URSS to Argentina 1990

Another Cover from U.R.S.S.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky

Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky (Константин Эдуардович Циолковский). He was born in Ryazan (South of Moscu) in 1857. He was a scientist and pioneer of the astronautic theory. He died in 1935.

Interesting envelope commemorating the 130 anniversary of Tisolkovsky´s birth.

In his most important work, "The exploration of the cosmic space through the reaction engines" (1903), anticipated the theories of the modern astronautics and exposed for the first time the possibility to travel through the space through the propulsion of the reaction rockets.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Intercosmos - Mongolia

ИнтерКосмос was a Soviet program that included manned missions to space. The participant countries were Soviet allieds from the Warsow Pact and countries like France and India. Between 1978 and 1988 there were fourteen international crews.

On March 23, 1981 Zhugderdemidiyn Gurragcha from Mongolia went to space whith the Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Dzhanibekov in the Mission Soyus 39.

Beautiful register cover from URSS to Argentina (1990)

Three stamps were dedicated to the "Intercosmos URSS-Mongolia" with face values of 6, 15 and 32 kops., issued in 1981.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Chernuchka Cosmonaut Dog

Although many soviet dogs died in their flights to the space, some of them returned alive. One of the Soviet space dogs was Chernuchka (Чернyшка). The Spunik missions of the 3/9/1961 (with Chernuchka) and 3/25/1961 (with Zvezdochka) were a complete success.

Three week after, the Vostok 1 carried the first cosmonaut of the world, Jury Gagarin.

URSS postcard sent to DDR (Deutsche Democratic Republic) in 1961

Laika The First Animal in Orbit the Earth

The dog Laika (Лайка), was the first alive animal in orbiting the Earth. She did it in the Soviet Sputnik 2 on the 3/11/1957, a month after the first satellite Sputnik 1 was put into orbit.

Like other animals in the sapce, Laika died betwen five and sevent hours after the lunch, long before it was planned.

This cover is from Romania

Friday, June 5, 2009

Saturno Postcard from Finland

This postcard was send by AKKI a postcrossing friend from FINLAND. Thank you AKKI!.

The cover has space stamps too.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Apollo 11 - First Day Cover

A postcard from Johson Space Center Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin jr., lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the Moon near a leg of the Lunar Module during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this picture with a 70mm lunar surface camera.