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Large Gold and “Best in the Class” – Alec Bartos “Soviet International Manned Spaceflights” Astrophilatelic exhibit – Milanofil 2013


The Jury composed by: Mario Mentaschi (president), Giacomo Bottacchi, Enrico Carsetti, Umberto Cavallaro, Graham Winters has met on 4, 5 and 6 of April 2013, and has evaluated the exhibits at the National and Qualifying Exhibition “Milano 2013” according to the Special Regulations FIP (SREV) of the relevant classes. Giorgio Khouzam was not able to take part to the Jury works due to illness. Michele Caso has been the FSFI Commissioner with Enrico Carsetti as its assistant. Graham Winters has been the Commissioner for Great Britain. Luca Lavagnino has taken part to the Jury works as apprentice. The Jury would like to underline the high quality of the exhibits, as shown by 29 gold or large gold out of a total of 54. The Jury remarks the excellent organization of the Exhibition in the convenient site of Milano City Fair, also thanks to the effective and continuous support of Poste Italiane. It welcomes the decision to invite some exhibits from Great Britain, and observes the perfect integration of the jurors of the two countries in the evaluation work.
The following exhibit has been transferred to Postal History – Subclass C “Historical, social and special studies” for a better evaluation: Pietro Alberto “Storia della pubblicità in filatelia”. The Jury, after careful examination of the exhibits, expressed the evaluations presented in the attached list. All decisions were taken unanimously.
Milano, 6.04.2013: Mario Mentaschi, Giacomo Bottacchi, Enrico Carsetti, Umberto Cavallaro, Graham Winters.


From my exhibit:

ATV-2 / MagISStra flown cover – Umberto Cavallaro – ASITAF AD*ASTRA N° 12 – March 2012

On February 28th we had the pleasure of presenting to the Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli the folder containing one of the covers which ATV-2 carried last year to the ISS. Paolo Nespoli had personally recovered from the ATV the covers which were then signed by him and the by the other 5 members of the Expedition 26-27: Dmitry Kondratyev, Cady Coleman, Andrey Borisenko, Alexander Samokutyaev and Ron Garan.

Besides the ISS octagonal board “seal”, Nespoli also put on the cover his personal MagISStra hand stamp, which after the mission has been made unserviceable.

“The AS.IT.AF. flown and signed cover is presented in an elegant folder designed by our member the artist  Alec Bartos and is reserved for the AS.IT.AF. members only. ”

Search Continues for Secret Stamp Honoring John Glenn’s Historic Spaceflight – by Robert Z. Pearlman, Editor

The 1962 4-cent “Project Mercury” stamp marked the first time that the U.S. issued a previously unannounced commemorative stamp at the same time as the event it was issued to honor. (cS)

The above cover was cancelled on the first day of issue fifty years ago. The cachet designs is made by me (Alec Bartos) in 2008 in an tirage of only two coves. As a custom commissioned cachets for Mr. Ben Ramkissoon. I have remade the cachet handmade. See below:
February 20, 2012– Fifty years ago Monday (Feb. 20), John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, relied on ground stations located across the planet to communicate with his control team. But after his Mercury spacecraft, Friendship 7, safely splashed down, it was another type of station that took over tracking his historic mission: U.S. post offices.For the first and only time in the country’s postal history, the United States Post Office Department — since 1971, the U.S. Postal Service — surprised the public with the release of a secret stamp celebrating Glenn’s successful mission. The 4-cent “Project Mercury” postage stamp was revealed and immediately put on sale in 305 post offices within an hour of Glenn’s triumphant return to Earth at 2:43 p.m. EST (1943 GMT) on Feb. 20, 1962. Half a century later, collectors are still searching for those first-day-of-issue stamps.
above: detail of Ramkissoon’s cover


42 years ago, on July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step foot on another heavenly body.

Armstrong emerged from the spacecraft first. While descending, he released the Modularized Equipment Stowage Assembly (MESA) on which the surface television camera was stowed, and the camera recorded humankind’s first step on the Moon at 109:24:19 GET.

The astronauts carried out a planned sequence of activities that included deployment of a Solar Wind Composition experiment, a Laser-Ranging Retroreflector and a Passive Seismic Experiment Package; also collecting samples of lunar material and photographing terrain. While Armstrong and Aldrin completed their tasks on the lunar surface, command module pilot Michael Collins kept vigil in the Columbia module orbiting above.

The three reunited and landed safely in the Pacific Ocean four days later.

For more info:

Cover flown to the moon with Apollo 11.

DL stationery envelopes designed by me for the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11

My private FDC (self adhesive printed cachet) for Apollo 11 designed stamps (2009) see

Alec Bartos – Soviet’s International Manned Spaceflights – Gold Medal with jury congratulations and Best In The Class award (Venice 2011), Large Gold and Best in The Class (Milan 2013) astrophilatelic exhibit

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Comments and suggestions are always welcomed.

Romanian Post organizes on 14th of May, 11:00 am, at the National Philatelic Museum, the exhibition “Cosmonautics Events – Anniversary 2011”




Astro Space Stamp Society poster designed by me

Venezia 2011 – Gold medal with jury’s congratulations & Best in Class di Astrofilatelia: Vadim-Alexandru Bartos per la collezione “Soviet’s international manned spaceflights”



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