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Echo I Communication Satellite
First Day Covers, (#1173)
with Various Cachets.
Date of Issue December 15, 1960

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Echo I Satellite Stamp.
"#1173 Echo I Satellite Stamp
Can you spot the error in the design? (answer in the facts below)


Echo I Satellite FDC.
"Aerojet Stamp and Coin" printed cachet cover
(Their FIRST CACHET)

Echo I
Communications Satellite
First Day Cover, (#1173)
Notes

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

  • Mellone's Specialized Cachet Catalog of First Day Covers of the 1960's
    for the #1173 stamp, this catalog has 30 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 (#1173M-4) or if you see: (#1173NIM) this means Not In Mellone catalog.
    • While this stamp is called the Echo I stamp, however I prefer to call it Echo 1 in the pricelist text.

    A Few Facts about the New Echo I satellite Stamp........

  • Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield on November 10, 1960, announced plans to issue a 4-cent stamp on December 15, 1960, at Washington, D.C., commemorating Echo I -- the world's first passive communications satellite -- placed in orbit around the earth by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on August 12, 1960.
  • "Echo I gives promise of the day when a system of such satellites, dedicated to peaceful purposes, would bring the peoples of the world closer through a wider exchange of information and viewpoints," said Mr. Summerfield.
  • "Because this represents an initial and potentially a most significant and historic advancement in world communications for peace, the Post Office Department is commemorating the achievement with a commemorative stamp," Mr. Summerfield added. He said the Post Office Department's long-range interest in this and other improved means of communication is grounded in the belief that our postal system might ultimately employ this new technology to improve and extend our ability to communicate throughout the world.
  • did you spot the "error" in the Echo I stamp design? There were no clouds in space where the Echo I satellite was!

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
FDC1173AM01M$10.0012/15/1960DC
ECHO 1 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE FIRST DAY COVER (#1173M-1) , with a Washington DC pictorial machine cancel of 12/15/1960, showing a lightning bolt with text "World-Wide Communications Through Space" commemorative cancel. With a black and blue AEROJET STAMP & COIN printed cachet (unidentified) showing a rocket launch and printed text: "First Day of Issue. Commemorating the World's First Communication Satellite launched Aug. 12, 1960.", it goes on to list details of the 3 stage rocket. This is a FIRST CACHET for Aerojet Stamp & Coin. Comes with a folded typed sheet insert telling about this special Echo I FDC. IMAGE

FDC1173AM02P$4.0012/15/1960DC
ECHO 1 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE PLATE BLOCK OF 4 FIRST DAY COVER (#1173M-2) , with a Washington DC pictorial hand cancel of 12/15/1960, showing a lightning bolt with text "World-Wide Communications Through Space" commemorative cancel on lower left plate block #26846. With a BLACK C. STEPHEN ANDERSON printed cachet showing the Echo satellite over the USA with beaming signal to the east and west coasts and 14 lines of printed text that starts out: "Satellite 'Echo', a 100 ft. aluminized plastic balloon, was placed in orbit 1000 miles above the Earth on Aug. 12,1960......" (Pictorial part of the cancel does not show up clearly as it falls on dark part of the stamps). IMAGE

FDC1173AM04M$3.0012/15/1960DC
ECHO 1 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE FIRST DAY COVER (#1173M-4) , with a Washington DC pictorial machine cancel of 12/15/1960, showing a lightning bolt with text "World-Wide Communications Through Space" commemorative cancel. With a black engraved ARTCRAFT printed cachet showing one picture of the Echo satellite atop of the rocket, another picture of it over the USA beaming a signal between Goldstone CA and Holmdel NJ plus the NASA emblem, with printed text: "First Day of Issue. NASA Echo Satellite Communications Experiment. Commemorating the World's First Communications Satellite Echo 1, placed in orbit around the Earth by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on August 12th 1960". IMAGE

FDC1173AM04MT$2.0012/15/1960DC
ECHO 1 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE FIRST DAY COVER (#1173M-4) , with a Washington DC pictorial machine cancel of 12/15/1960, showing a lightning bolt with text "World-Wide Communications Through Space" commemorative cancel. With a black engraved ARTCRAFT printed cachet showing one picture of the Echo satellite atop of the rocket, another picture of it over the USA beaming a signal between Goldstone CA and Holmdel NJ plus the NASA emblem, with printed text: "First Day of Issue. NASA Echo Satellite Communications Experiment. Commemorating the World's First Communications Satellite Echo 1, placed in orbit around the Earth by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on August 12th 1960". Typed address. Slight toning on envelope.

FDC1173AM04P$3.5012/15/1960DC
ECHO 1 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE PLATE BLOCK OF 4 FIRST DAY COVER (#1173M-4) , with a Washington DC pictorial hand cancel of 12/15/1960, showing a lightning bolt with text "World-Wide CommunicationS Through Space" commemorative cancel on upper right plate block #26845. With a black engraved ARTCRAFT printed cachet showing one picture of the Echo satellite atop of the rocket, another picture of it over the USA beaming a signal between Goldstone CA and Holmdel NJ plus the NASA emblem, with printed text: "First Day of Issue. NASA Echo Satellite Communications Experiment. Commemorating the World's First Communications Satellite Echo 1, placed in orbit around the Earth by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on August 12th 1960".

FDC1173AM05M$3.0012/15/1960DC
ECHO 1 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE FIRST DAY COVER (#1173M-5) , with a Washington DC pictorial machine cancel of 12/15/1960, showing a lightning bolt with text "World-Wide Communications Through Space" commemorative cancel. With a blue/gray engraved ARTMASTER printed cachet showing the Echo satellite over the USA beaming a signal between Goldstone CA and Holmdel NJ, with printed text: "Satellite Echo, Progress in Space, First Day of Issue".

FDC1173AM05P$3.5012/15/1960DC
ECHO 1 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE PLATE BLOCK OF 4 FIRST DAY COVER (#1173M-5) , with a Washington DC pictorial hand cancel of 12/15/1960, showing a lightning bolt with text "World-Wide Communications Through Space" commemorative cancel on lower right plate block #26845. With a blue/gray engraved ARTMASTER printed cachet showing the Echo satellite over the USA beaming a signal between Goldstone CA and Holmdel NJ, with printed text: "Satellite Echo, Progress in Space, First Day of Issue".

FDC1173AM05R$2.5012/15/1960DC
ECHO 1 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE HORIZONTAL PAIR FIRST DAY COVER (#1173M-5) , with a Washington DC pictorial machine cancel of 12/15/1960, showing a lightning bolt with text "World-Wide Communications Through Space" commemorative cancel on a horizontal pair of stamps. With a blue/gray engraved ARTMASTER printed cachet showing the Echo satellite over the USA beaming a signal between Goldstone CA and Holmdel NJ, with printed text: "Satellite Echo, Progress in Space, First Day of Issue".

FDC1173AM08MT$10.0012/15/1960DC
ECHO 1 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE FIRST DAY COVER (#1173M-8) , with a Washington DC pictorial machine cancel of 12/15/1960, showing a lightning bolt with text "World-Wide Communications Through Space" commemorative cancel. With a black and blue THE BELL SYSTEM printed cachet showing a rocket launch, the Echo satellite in space over the USA and a hand holding a telephone. With printed text: "A New stamp honors Echo I, first phone conversation via man-made satellite, August 1960, A dramatic application of telephone science. The Bell system.....communications expert of America's space team.". This is a FIRST CACHET for The Bell System. Comes with a printed insert card telling about this special Echo I FDC. Typed address label. IMAGE

FDC1173AM14MT$3.0012/15/1960DC
ECHO 1 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE FIRST DAY COVER (#1173M-14) , with a Washington DC pictorial machine cancel of 12/15/1960, showing a lightning bolt with text "World-Wide Communications Through Space" commemorative cancel. With a blue and brown CACHET CRAFT/BOLL printed cachet showing the Echo satellite in space with signals pointing from a ground antenna to another point on the Earth, with printed text: "Satellite Echo 1". Typed address. IMAGE

FDC1173AM16B$2.5012/15/1960DC
ECHO 1 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE BLOCK OF 4 FIRST DAY COVER (#1173M-16) , with a Washington DC pictorial machine cancel of 12/15/1960, showing a lightning bolt with text "World-Wide Communications Through Space" commemorative cancel. With a purple HOUSE OF FARNUM printed cachet showing a rocket launch and printed text: "Echo I, World's First Communications Satellite. NASA, August 12, 1960. First Day Cover".

FDC1173AM17M$3.0012/15/1960DC
ECHO 1 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE FIRST DAY COVER (#1173M-17), with a Washington DC pictorial machine cancel of 12/15/1960, showing a lightning bolt with text "World-Wide Communications Through Space" commemorative cancel on single 4 cent stamp. With a black engraved FLEETWOOD printed cachet showing the rocket launch, the Echo satellite over the USA with beaming signal to the east and west coasts, and the NASA emblem, with printed text: "Commemorating Echo 1, World's First Communications Satellite, place in orbit August 12, 1960. Advancing world communications for peace to the people of the world. First day of Issue ". (Filler is stuck inside the cover). IMAGE

FDC1173AM17P$3.5012/15/1960DC
ECHO 1 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE PLATE BLOCK OF 4 FIRST DAY COVER (#1173M- 17), with a Washington DC pictorial hand cancel of 12/15/1960, showing a lightning bolt with text "World-Wide Communications Through Space" commemorative cancel on upper right plate block #26845. With a black engraved FLEETWOOD printed cachet showing the rocket launch, the Echo satellite over the USA with beaming signal to the east and west coasts, and the NASA emblem, with printed text: "Commemorating Echo 1, World's First Communications Satellite, place in orbit August 12, 1960. Advancing world communications for peace to the people of the world. First day of Issue.".

FDC1173AN03AR$70.0012/15/1960DC
ECHO 1 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE AUTOGRAPHED FIRST DAY COVER (#1173NIM) , with a Washington DC pictorial machine cancel of 12/15/1960, showing a lightning bolt with text "World-Wide Communications Through Space" commemorative cancel. With a purple "UNKNOWN" rubber stamp cachet showing a rocket being launched. Cover autographed by John R. Pierce, the developer of Echo 1. Rubber stamp address. Unlisted cachet in Mellone Catalog. IMAGE

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