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Set of four se-tenant pairs of poster stamps promoting the ASDA's 11th National Postage Stamp Show held in New York City from November 20-22, 1959.




I wondered why rocket mail was the central theme on these stamps and set about Googling to find out why. It appears that on June 8, 1959, the US Navy fired a Regulus I missile from the USS Barbero (SSG-317) and directed it to land at the Naval Auxiliary Air Station at Mayport, Florida, near Jacksonville. While the submarine had been docked in Norfolk, Virginia, Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield helped place two blue and red metal containers, holding 3,000 letters, inside the sub’s missile prior to the flight. The identical letters from the PMG, which enthusiastically announced the experiment, were addressed to President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, the Cabinet, Members of Congress, top federal and state officials, and postmasters around the world.&nbsp;The missile was fired from the submarine shortly before noon on the 8th and arrived at Mayport twenty-two minutes later. The rocket mail theme seems to have been an attempt to appeal to Summerfield's enthusiasm for the possibility of postal uses for the technology. The 1959 test firing was the only incidence of using a missile to carry mail in the US.
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This is something that I very rarely do, I'm posting here something that I don't own. The Cinderella souvenirs for the National Stamp Exhibitions are well known and very well produced. The set for 1934 held at the Rockefeller Centre, New York have been shown previously in this thread. In the picture below, the first 3 stamps are the usual versions. However, the 4th stamp specifically states 'PURCHASED IN' just above 'Rockefeller Centre' and 'From Observation Roofs' and duly printed as such. I have seen 2 other similar stamps for 'The Coronet Stamp Shop on Fifth Avenue' and 'Rockefeller Center Stamp Shop'.

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