A History of Russian Philately Supplement

Space Themed Stamps


Please Help!

If you can add any more dates and details to this history, please let me know.  I need to know the date (Julian or Gregorian if relevant and known), the event, and also - most important - a reference source to confirm the accuracy of the event if at all possible.


The Russian space program received its first public airing on 4 October 1957 with the launch of Sputnik 1 (the first of three such sputniks to be successfully launched and publically acknowledged).

Their successes became increasingly closely mirrored in stamps, with the epochal event of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first man in space being reflected in a stamp issued the very next day!

It is interesting to track space stamp issuances, but surprisingly difficult to do so.  Some stamps have a space theme to them, but are not primarily associated with their space program (for example the stamps issued in the late 1950s commemmorating primarily the International Geophysical Year - should one include them or not in such a count?

Then of course is the always present problem of when does one count a stamp as a second issue and when does one not count it because it is merely a simple variation of an already counted prime issue?

It is also, alas, entirely possible that I've overlooked some, particularly if they are obscure stamps commemorating the birth or death of some historic figure with a tie-in to the space program.

To enable you to follow my logic, I'm accordingly showing Michel numbers for all the stamps I'm counting.  Please feel free to discuss and dispute my logic!

Year

Count

Details

1957 11 1961 85 92 93; 2017 26 36 42-5
1958 6 2101 04 05 10 11 12
1959 7 2192; 2219 20 61 73 84 85
1960 5 2236 37; 2357 90 91
1961 15 2436 68 69 73-5 97 98; 2521 22 39-41 47 63
1962 15 2587 95; 2602 32-6 61 70-2 76 81 Block 31
1963 21 2737 43 47-52 69-71 82-4; 2823 52-7
1964 21 2863 64 95-2900; 2942-7 Bl34 65-9 Bl37
1965 13 3032 38-43 Bl38 Bl39 70 71 76 77
1966 16 3180; 3204-7 38-40 80 83 95-8; 3311-2
1967 14 3319 36-8 54 Bl46 78; 3403-7 23 Bl49
1968 13 3477 80-2 96 99; 3506 9 41 68-70 Bl53
1969 17 3598 Bl54 2605-8 Bl55 3637 82-4 94 95; 3709-11 Bl60
1970 9 3726 79; 3827-9 Bl66 38-40
1971 18 3857-64 Bl68 67 68 71-4 Bl69 85; 3937
1972 13 3996-8; 4042-7 79-81 Bl82
1973 14 4096; 4107-14 Bl86 33-5 Bl89
1974 7 4216-8 85 94-6
1975 11 4343 44 57 71-5 Bl105 4402 26
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