SPACE THEME METER MARKINGS
This is a highly specialized area of collecting and most collectors are either unaware of these meter markings, or have ignored them. There must be many of them but they are seldom offered on the internet. What is important is the image, the dates are not important. Since many of these were collected for the image only, often the postage costs were set at zero. That way it would not cost anything for the image. There are a few common ones that do appear regularly on the market and some were used for several years.
A few are found printed over postage stamps. This is most likely because someone heard of the meter image and wrote to the company asking for it and provided stamped envelopes for them to be mailed back to them.
Please contact me if you have additional images to share so others can learn about this area of collecting. Be aware that I have only listed the dates of the meter that I have seen. Some of these can be found with other year dates.
- 1962 - PROJECT MERCURY: McDONNELL, MANNED ORIBITAL FLIGHT. S. Louis, Missouri.
1963 - PROJECT APOLLO SPACE SUIT, Windsor Locks, Connecticut. A better image is needed.
- 1963 - SPACE LANDING SYSTEMS. Newbury Park, California.
- 1963 - FIRST FREE MAN IN SPACE. Saint Louis, Missouri.
- 1966 - COMPEX, FEATURING MAN IN SPACE. Chicago, Illinois. This is the only image illustrated here for a show that is known from a private organization, others are from companies. This is for the Chicago COMPEX stamp show from September 9-11. Possibly official cover (card?) exists.
- 1968 - HOME OF ASTRONAUTS McDIVITT & WORDEN. Jackson, Michigan.
- 1968 - SATURN 5, 110A CHECKOUT, COMPUTER, RCA DEFENSE ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS. Van Nuys, California.
- 1969 - GOLDSTONE SPACE COMMUNICATIONS STATION, NASA/JPL, DEEP SPACE INSTRUMENTATION FACILITY, "EARTH'S LINK WITH DEEP SPACE." Barstow, California.
- 1969 - LIFELINE FOR ASTRONAUTS, APOLLO SPACECRAFT ENGINE, AEROJET GENERAL CORP.. El Monte, California.
- 1969 - MOON ROCKET, NASA - DOUGLAS, SATURN S-IVB. Huntington Beach, California.
- 1969 - SPACE WATCHERS. Houston, Texas.
- 1969 - WE SALUTE APOLLO 9 COMMANDER JIM McDIVITT. Jackson, Michigan
- 1969 - AEROSPACE CORPORATION MISSLE AND SPACE ARCHITECT ENGINEER. Los Angeles, California.
- 1969 - APOLLO LUNAR MODULE ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS, RCA DEVENSE ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS. Van Nuys, California.
- 1970 - TIROS M, WEATHER SATELLITE, RCA, DEFENSE ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS. Morristown, New Jersey.
- 1970 - TACTICAL SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS, RCA, DEFENSE ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS. Moorestown, New Jersey.
- 1971 - WIN THE SPACE SHUTTLE. Canoga Park, California.
- 1971 - NASA - MDAC BUILDERS OF SKYLAB. Huntington Beach, California
- 1971 - WAPAKONETA, OHIO, HOME OF NEIL A. ARMSTRONG, FIRST MAN ON THE MOON. Wapakoneta, Ohio.
- 1972 - SPACE SHUTTL ENGINES. Canoga Park, California.
- 1972 - APOLLO 17 (The rest is too small to read). Cape Canaveral, Florida.
- 1972 - FROM RUBBER TO ROCKETS. Moss Point, Mississippi.
- 1973 - TRACKING RADARS, RCA, Government and Commercial Systems. Morristown, New Jersey.
- 1973 - 1473 - 1974, MIKOLAZ KOPERNIK, 500th ANNIVERSARY OF BIRTH. Orchard Lake, Michigan.
- 1975 - SPACE SHUTTLE, MEETING EARTH'S NEEDS. Canoga Park, California. Same as the 1981 Downey, California meter, but black.
- 1975 - AMERICA BENEFITS. Downey, California.
- 1981 - Canoga Park, California.
- 1981 - SPACE SHUTTLE, MEETING EARTH'S NEEDS. Downey, California. The same as the 1975 Canoga Park, California meter, but red.
- 1981 - A SPACESHIP HAS LANDED ON EARTH, IT CAME FROM ROCKWELL. Downey, California. Seen as late as 1985.
1997 - GOLDSTONE SPACE COMMUNICATIONS STATION, NASA/JPL, DEEP SPACE INSTRUMENTATION FACILITY, "EARTH'S LINK WITH DEEP SPACE." Barstow, California.
- Unknown date and city - ANNIN & CO...HIGHEST STANDARDS OVERALL.
Space Postmarks 1966 - 1979
Space Postmarks 1980 - 1989
Space Postmarks 1990 - 1999
Space Postmarks 2000 - 2009
Space Postmarks 1010 - Present
Slogan and Hand Cancellations