Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Intra-Space Stamp Album (1953) (Part 1)

OK here is my latest "catch". It is a 1953 "stamp" album produced with the
supervision of the Director of the Fels Planetarium, I.M. Levitt.It consists of facts about the planets and amazingly detailed stamps for all the different ways you could travel between the planets via the regular rocket liner service.

I think the educational goal of this particular item got out shown by the artist who designed the stamps. Each one is a little engraved masterpiece.

Also there were 8 or 9 stamps designed for each planet (plus the Moon) so the whole book has over 80 different space flight stamps. Here are the Earth stamps:

And here are the Moon stamps:

This is a unique little item. The creator of the book had a plan so each planet has its own currency, its own shuttle services, and many illustrations of astronauts, different rockets, and space stations. It was designed like a stamp album so the reader had to glue stamps in on each page in the correct spot. Opposite each page of stamps was an information page about that planet. Here is the page for Mars:

I suspect that only myself and my loyal readers can really dig how amazing this little booklet is. Here is Saturn and Pluto:

UPDATE JULY 28, 2010 See part 2 of this post: http://dreamsofspace.blogspot.com/2010/07/intra-space-stamp-album-1953-part-2.html


  1. Absolutely awesome. Even at lower resolution, the detail of these stamps is amazing. Someone put a lot of time and effort into this project; thank you for rescueing it from oblivion.

    Sometime you'll give us some higher-res scans of the individual stamps, right? (Hint, hint, nudge, nudge, wink, wink?)

    - grouchomarxist

  2. I am on the lookout for one of these now

  3. these are amazing I absolutely adore it