Donald J. Butz

As most members probably know by now, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is embarking a stamp issuance program for the Year 2000 that includes an extraordinary number of ‘space topic’ and related ‘astronomy topic’ postage stamps. While there is controversy about the face value of the stamps, their formats, and even their designs, it is still an exciting year for the astrophilatelist. In fact, these issues form the central part of the theme, Space Achievement and Exploration" for WORLD STAMP EXPO 2000, to be held from July 7-16, 2000 at the Anaheim (California) Convention Center. In the meantime, full color, glossy images of these stamps and their associated souvenier sheets may be obtained for free from the USPS, in the form of a poster with descriptive issues on all planned releases for the Year 2000. This poster is included within the Spring 2000 issue of "USA Philatelist", the catalog/publication of the USPS philatelic sales division. Call their philatelic sales hotline at (800) STAMP 24 (which is also 800-782-6724), or write them at USPS, STAMP FULFILLMENT SERVICES, P.O. BOX 219424, KANSAS CITY, MO 64121-9424. According to details in the poster, the following space and astronomy stamps and sheets will be issued this year:

Generally, most all these feature photographic designs, rather than paintings or drawings. Apparently all of the Space Achievement and Exploration stamps will be issued during the July 2000 stamp exposition, which by the way, you can write for information on at: WORLD STAMP EXPO 2000, P.O. BOX 44403, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20026-4403. Linn’s Stamp News dated February 7, 2000 indicates one additional stamp to be issued at the Expo, this an $11.75 round, hologram stamp depicting the Earth, in a souvenier sheet entitled "Achievements in Exploration". So, a very big year for U.S. space issues, with heavy emphasis on astronomy as a topic as well. Remember, you only need to collect what you like!

Additional Space Stamp Issued (Ross Smith)
On the 13th January, 2000 a 33c stamp was issued showing the Shuttle as part of the 15 stamp issue for Celebrate 1980s. This is part of an ongoing series which shows the major innovations for each decade during the 1900s.

Four of the 15 stamp issue

Special Postmark
Gordon J. Ducote from the JSC Stamp Club reports that Houston (downtown only) post office has received a special cancel for the space stamp that was issued in January 17th, I think) (I would expect it to be 13th as this was the official issue date of the stamp RJS). They do not have any of the stamps, but requests for cancellation should be sent to:
Mr. Roy Gomez
NPO Window Unit
U.S. Post Office - Franklin St Branch
Houston TX 77201

And a description from Ed Black
2 3/4" long by 1 1/4" high

Far left side: Shuttle mated to ET at liftoff (with plumes) in
an enclosed box....To the right of that box are four lines....

Space Shuttle Station
Celebrate The Century
Texas 77201

My sample postmark does not include the date, but it
was designed to be placed below the four lines named
above, and I believe would be a floating date mark.

The very top of the postmark features 8 stars.

Since I had involvement in doing the lettering for
this postmark, I am hoping this is the one that was
opted for by Roy Gomez.

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