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'One Small Step' Celebrating Apollo's 50th Anniversary

Collection Issue Date: 29th April 2019

The 50th anniversary year of the first manned flight to land on the Moon.

The Isle of Man Post Office presents this landmark issue in the 50th anniversary year of the first manned flight to land on the Moon.

Our sensational stamp issue commemorates the anniversary of the Moon landing, but also all the missions that led up to that one small step. Through our stamps we have sought to show you the beauty of space, the Moon and the vehicles that took humanity to the Moon. Through subtle references and codes on the stamps (and within NASA guidelines) we have included those incredible NASA staff in Mission Control, the astronauts, the programs directors and those who gave their lives.

     

Our stamp in NASA Mission Control                       Dr Bonnie Dunbar and Mr George Abbey.

Issue Information

Our eight stamps commemorate man's first step on the moon's surface by Neil Armstrong, Commander of the Apollo 11 mission. 

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong, followed by Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, became the first man to stand on the moon. As Armstrong stepped out of the Apollo 11 lunar module, the Eagle, he spoke the famous words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Stamp One
Our first stamp features the Moon, the target of the Apollo missions, as well as the names Kennedy, Webb and Gilruth and the famous quote from President Kennedy: "We choose to go to the moon in this decade."

Stamp Two
Our second stamp features the Apollo Mission Control Room, the names Phillips, Low, Kraft and Faget and the quote: "Roger, Tranquility. We copy you on the ground."

Stamp Three
Our third stamp features a view of Florida from Apollo 7, the crew names Schirra, Eisele and Cunningham and the quote: "Look at the sunrise. There you go. That's the thrill of this business."

Stamp Four
Our fourth stamp features a view from Apollo 8 of the first 'Earthrise' seen by humanity, the crew names Borman, Lovell and Anders and the quote from Genesis: "In the beginning God created the heaven and the Earth."

Stamp Five
Our fifth stamp features a view from Apollo 9 of first manned flight of the lunar module in space, the crew names McDivitt, Scott and Schweickart and the quote: "There's that horizon. Boy, is that pretty!"

Stamp Six
Our sixth stamp features a view from Apollo 10 of the lunar module descending on the dry run rehearsal, the crew names Stafford, Young and Cernan and the quote: "Looking great here. You're looking beautiful."

Stamp Seven
Our seventh stamp features the first footprint made by humanity on a body other than Earth, the crew names Armstrong, Aldrin, Collins and the quote: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Stamp Eight
Our eighth stamp features a view on the surface of the Moon of equipment from Apollo 12 with survey equipment from a previous unmanned Moon mission, the crew names Conrad, Gordon, Bean and the quote: "We knew it was going to be difficult. We didn't know how difficult."

Acknowledgements

We are very grateful to all those who have helped us, especially Mr George Abbey who worked with NASA during the Apollo missions and was director of the Johnson Space Center during the NASA Shuttle - Mir Program. We also thank planetary scientist David R. Williams, acting head of the NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive at Goddard Space Flight Center for his input on Moon location references and all the team at NASA for their help with images and information.
We dedicate this issue to Alan Bean, fourth man to walk on the Moon, whose paintings were to grace the stamps. We spoke to him at length, but he sadly passed away before the issue could be laid out. The issue was conceived, planned and designed by Glazier Design. Owner Ben Glazier was born during the Apollo 11 mission; his sister Elizabeth was born during the Apollo 12 mission. Advance planning indeed.

Mr George Abbey at The Mission Control Center, Houston.

Technical Information

Text Mr George Abbey, Benedict Glazier
Design Glazier Design
Printer Lowe Martin
Process Offset Lithography
Colours 4 colour plus varnish
Paper 110 gms PVA gummed
Perforations 14 per 2cms
Stamp Size 40 x 40mm
No of Stamps 8
Format 24 stamps per sheet (12 x 2 designs)
Date of Issue 29.04.2019

Collection Products

Moon landing – George Abbey Signed Cover
Moon landing – George Abbey Signed Cover

Product Code: XE94
Product Issue Date: 21st July 2019

An exclusively signed cover by former center Director of NASA Johnson Space Center, George Abbey.
Only 500 available worldwide!


Price: £60.00

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'One Small Step' Prestige Booklet
'One Small Step' Prestige Booklet

Product Code: XE71
Product Issue Date: 29th April 2019

This exquisite, 24 page, full colour booklet contains two full sets of the 'One Small Step' stamps.


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'One Small Step' Set and Sheet Set
'One Small Step' Set and Sheet Set

Product Code: XE31
Product Issue Date: 29th April 2019

There can be few more significant scientific and cultural achievements than the successful mission to place a human being on the Moon. We commemorate this historic 'first' with a set of eight remarkable stamps entitiled 'One Small Step'.

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'One Small Step' Presentation Pack
'One Small Step' Presentation Pack

Product Code: XE41
Product Issue Date: 29th April 2019

The complete set of these eight incredible stamps are presented inside a four sided, glossy collectors folder featuring iconic imagery and remarkable issue text.


Price: £8.89

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'One Small Step' First Day Cover
'One Small Step' First Day Cover

Product Code: XE91
Product Issue Date: 29th April 2019

All eight incredible stamps are presented on a dramatic backdrop and cancelled with a unique postmark for the first day of issue.


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'One Small Step' Commemorative Sheetlet
'One Small Step' Commemorative Sheetlet

Product Code: XE64
Product Issue Date: 29th April 2019

In memory of Alan Bean
This special sheetlet includes the full eight stamp collection presented alongside astonishing imagery.
Featured also is three stamps from our 2009 issue which were prepared by the 4th man to walk the moon, Alan Bean who sadly passed away in May 2018.



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Moon Landing 1969-2009 Limited Edition Stamp Sheet
Moon Landing 1969-2009 Limited Edition Stamp Sheet

Product Code: NE69

This sheet marks the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, and features the paintings of Alan Bean, the fourth astronaut to set foot on the moon. Issued in 2009.

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