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Palomar Mountain Observatory
First Day Covers, (#966)
with Various Cachets.
Date of Issue August 30, 1948

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Palomar Mt. Observatory Stamp
#966 Palomar Mt. Observatory Stamp

Palomar Observatory FDC.
Example of a Type 1 machine cancel on a
"Cachetcraft/L.W. Staehle" printed cachet cover


Palomar Observatory FDC.
Example of a Type 2 machine cancel on
"Crosby" thermographed printed cachet cover

Palomar Mountain Observatory
First Day Covers, (#966)
Notes

  • There are two types of machine cancels on these covers as illustrated above
    • TYPE 1: 4 horizontal bars evenly space with "First Day of Issue" between the 2nd and 3rd bars, as shown in the top cover illustration.

    • TYPE 2: 4 horizontal bars where the 1st and 2nd bars and the 3rd and 4th bars are close together with "-First Day of Issue-" between the 2nd and 3rd bar, note that there is a wide space inbetween the 2nd and 3rd bar and their is a DASH at the beginning and ending of the word text, as shown in the bottom cover illustration.

    • (the cancels shown on the above covers are not to scale, and this is due to the scanning procedure, they are shown mainly to illustrate the two types of machine cancels).

  • The Item ID's for the below cover listings are cataloged using the

  • Mellone's Specialized Cachet Catalog of First Day Covers of the 1940's
    for the #966 stamp, this catalog has 40+ different cachets listed.
    • I use a 3 digit alpha/numeric number, and so a Item ID number of "M18", means that the M signifys that it is in the Mellone catalog and having a catalog number of 18.
    • When a cachet exists that is not in the Mellone catalog, then the Item ID will be a 3 digit alpha/numeric number starting with an "N" signifying NOT in Mellone and the 2 following numbers are my own identification. Such as "N04".
    • Any letter(s) following the 3 digit alpha/numeric number are my own and it signifies a different variety of cover such as a different kind of cancel, a different city cancel, a cover with an autograph, how the cover is addressed, etc. etc.
    • For each cover listed in the below price list I also list the Mellone catalog number in the pricelist text such as (#966M-4) or if you see: (#966NIM) this means Not In Mellone catalog.

    A history of the Palomar Mountain Observatory can be found at........

    Caltech's website for the Palomar Observatory

General Notes

  • All items are covers unless otherwise noted.
  • All covers are the standard U.S. #6 size (approximately 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches), as collected in the USA, unless otherwise noted.
  • Foreign covers may be slightly smaller in size than the standard U.S. #6 size and if so, their size will NOT be noted. Any cover larger than a number 6 size will be noted or any item of an unordinary size will be so noted.
  • All covers are unaddressed unless otherwise noted.
  • All covers are cacheted unless otherwise noted. A brief description of the cachet is given of the event being commemorated.
  • If covers are autographed they are genuine, unless otherwise noted.
  • Where stamp(s) used on the item are of significance, such as being a space stamp or a flag stamp or related to the event or location, it will be described. Otherwise the stamp(s) used on the item may be a definitive issue or an unrelated commemorative issue, and will not be described.
  • Items listed here may not be listed in any particular order.
  • Please print out the ON-LINE ORDER FORM and use it to mark down the covers you need. When ordering, please mark the LIST ID as well as ITEM ID.

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Price List

LIST IDITEM IDPRICECANCEL DATECANCEL LOC
FDC0966AM03M$4.0008/30/1948 
PALOMAR MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY FIRST DAY COVER (#966M-3) , with a Palomar Mountain Calif. machine cancel (type 1) of 08/30/1948. With a black C. STEPHEN ANDERSON printed cachet showing the observatory, with 8 lines of printed text that reads in part: "Palomar Mtn. Observatory. The Palomar Observatory stamp was issued in celebration of the dedication of the world's largest telescope....". IMAGE

FDC0966AM08M$4.0008/30/1948 
PALOMAR MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY FIRST DAY COVER (#966M-8) , with a Palomar Mountain Calif. machine cancel (type 1) of 08/30/1948. With a red HF engraved printed cachet showing the observatory observing stars above, with printed text: "Palomar, in commemoration of the dedication of Palomar Mountain Observatory, Palomar Mountain California, first day cover". IMAGE

FDC0966AM16B$4.5008/30/1948 
PALOMAR MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY BLOCK OF 4 FIRST DAY COVER (#966M-16) , with a Palomar Mountain Calif. machine cancel (type 2) of 08/30/1948. With a black THE ARISTOCRATS printed cachet showing the observatory against a dark sky and a view of telescope inside its mounting, with a detailed printed text that reads in part: "1948, Commemorating completion of 200 inch Palomar Telescope....". Typed Address. Slight toning at top of this cover. IMAGE

FDC0966AM16M$4.0008/30/1948 
PALOMAR MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY FIRST DAY COVER (#966M-16) , with a Palomar Mountain Calif. machine cancel (type 1) of 08/30/1948. With a black THE ARISTOCRATS printed cachet showing the observatory against a dark starry sky and a view of telescope inside its mounting, with a detailed printed text that reads in part: "1948, Commemorating completion of 200 inch Palomar Telescope....". IMAGE

FDC0966AM17B$4.0008/30/1948 
PALOMAR MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY BLOCK OF 4 FIRST DAY COVER (#966M-17) , with a Palomar Mountain Calif. machine cancel (type 2) of 08/30/1948. With a black ARTCRAFT engraved printed cachet showing an outside view of the observatory and an inside view at the dedication of the telescope, with printed text: "First Day of Issue, Palomar Mountain Observatory, dedication of the 200 inch telescope - June 3,1948". IMAGE

FDC0966AM17H$3.5008/30/1948 
PALOMAR MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY DAY COVER (#966M-17) , with a Palomar Mountain Calif. hand cancel of 08/30/1948. With a black ARTCRAFT engraved printed cachet showing an outside view of the observatory and an inside view at the dedication of the telescope, with printed text: "First Day of Issue, Palomar Mountain Observatory, dedication of the 200 inch telescope - June 3,1948". Note: Arcraft filler card is stuck to the tucked in envelope flap. IMAGE

FDC0966AM17M$3.0008/30/1948 
PALOMAR MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY FIRST DAY COVER (#966M-17) , with a Palomar Mountain Calif. machine cancel (type 1) of 08/30/1948. With a black ARTCRAFT engraved printed cachet showing an outside view of the observatory and an inside view at the dedication of the telescope, with printed text: "First Day of Issue, Palomar Mountain Observatory, dedication of the 200 inch telescope - June 3,1948". There is a slight bend at the bottom of the left side of the cover, price reduced accordingly. IMAGE

FDC0966AM17PB$5.5008/30/1948 
PALOMAR MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY PLATE BLOCK OF 4 FIRST DAY COVER (#966M-17) , with a Palomar Mountain Calif. hand cancel of 08/30/1948. With a black ARTCRAFT engraved printed cachet showing an outside view of the observatory and an inside view at the dedication of the telescope, with printed text: "First Day of Issue, Palomar Mountain Observatory, dedication of the 200 inch telescope - June 3,1948". IMAGE

FDC0966AM18M$3.0008/30/1948 
PALOMAR MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY FIRST DAY COVER (#966M-18) , with a Palomar Mountain Calif. machine cancel (type 1) of 08/30/1948. With a black ARTMASTER engraved printed cachet showing an outside view of the observatory, with printed text: "Commemorating the completion of the worlds largest telescope at Palomar Mountain Observatory, 1948. First Day of Issue ". IMAGE

FDC0966AM29M$3.0008/30/1948 
PALOMAR MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY FIRST DAY COVER (#966M-29) , with a Palomar Mountain Calif. machine cancel (type 1) of 08/30/1948. With a black FLEETWOOD engraved printed cachet showing the observatory from the outside and also from the inside, with printed text: "Palomar Mountain Observatory, First Day of Issue, Man's Most Powerful Eye, Worlds Largest Telescope". IMAGE

FDC0966AN02M$13.0008/30/1948 
PALOMAR MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY FIRST DAY COVER (#966-NIM, Not listed in the Mellon FDC catalog) , with a Palomar Mountain Calif. machine cancel (type 1) of 08/30/1948. With a black ROBERT RUSSELL mimeograph cachet, (not identified) showing a hand drawn view of the observatory, with hand printed text: "First Day Cover. Palomar." With pencil address of R.W. Russell, Findlay Ohio. Very few produced. IMAGE

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