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Society News and Space Stamp News Archives - Page 3 Anaheim Eclipse Linn’s Stamp News reports that the U.S. $11.75 Earth hologram stamp has been found in a near-eclipse format. Only one of this remarkable error has been reported, advises John Berry. Another reported error in the U.S. Space Achievement issue concerns the "Exploring the Solar System" sheet featuring five pentagonal stamps, where one (only) fully imperforate sheet has been found. Lifetime Achievement Award Congratulations to our celebrated member Francis KiddIe of Fleet in Hampshire who was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to philately at the Fifth Annual Rowland Hill Awards. Francis writes a regular column for STAMP magazine on the topic of Cinderella (Poster) stamps and is current Chairman of the British Philatelic Trust. Worldwide FDC Covers Postmarks Register your interests and receive a copy of the relevant lists. Thematics— like Space—catered for. Wants lists invited. Write to First Day Covers Ltd, Nimrod House, Muckhart, Dollar, Clackmannanshire, Scotland FKJ14 7JH E-mail: embrey@waitrose.com Interested in Cloth Mission Patches? If this is a sideline to your collection or you would just like to begin do send for the latest free catalogue of Soviet Russian and USA mission patches from Stewart Aviation, P.Q.Box 7, Market Harborough, Leicester, LE16 8XL. Prices for individual mission patches range between £3 and £5. Ben Ramkissoon is our New U.S.Rep Immediate Past President of the ATA Space Unit, and internationally known Astrophilatelic judge Dr Reuben A. Ramkissoon has kindly agreed to be our U.S. rep, filling a vacancy caused by the resignation of Paul Goldblatt. We are delighted to welcome Ben, who has long been an admirer of Orbit to this role and trust his energies will help to promote the ASSS in the U.S. Non-Philatelic Books of Interest Four texts of background interest to space stamp collectors are featured in the May issue of Spaceflight magazine, which some of our members also subscribe to. London ASSS member Rex Hall is associated with the first two firstly as Editor of The History of Mir 1986-2000, which contains eleven extended and illustrated essays on the Russian space station de-orbited finally in March. This text is available at a price of £25 ($46) by writing to The British Interplanetary Society, 27/29 South Lambeth Road, London 5W8 1SZ. Rex Hall and David J. Shayler, stalwart of the Midlands Spaceflight Society have now also published their 400 page text 'The Rocket Men: Vostok and Voskhod—The First Soviet Manned Spaceflights' @ £16.50, also available from the British Interplanetary Society. Also noted in the May Spaceflight are a 480 page book 'Peenemunde: the extraordinary story of Hitler’s secret weapons V-I and V-2', with a foreword by Dr Ernst Stuhlinger and 'Tsiolkovsky to Sputnik (1857-1957)'. Both books by Guido De Maeseneer are available at £29 ($43) and £8.25 ($11.95) respectively by writing to A.J. Publishing Ltd., 2231 Turner St, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Further details at www.spacebooks.tv Desperately Seeking........? Would you like to meet other ASSS members in your area? Inspired by making a number of new connections at well established and new members at STAMPEX both the Editor and the Chairman are keen for more members to get to meet and an index of British members in rough geographical areas has been prepared. If you would like to meet others in the ASSS please write and we shall publish your name in Orbit so that others can get in touch with you. Eric Simmonds of Reading has already set he ball rolling with a couple of letters to nearby members. The Editor is hoping to attract a group of Scottish members to Elgin on Wednesday 24th April when Margaret Morris presents "Astronomy" in Elgin at a meeting of the Moray P.S. of which (Jeff) the Editor is currently President. Vanuatu Spectacular For an illustrated brochure of recent space issues by Space designer from New Zealand, David Gunson from Vanuatu Post write to Port Vila, Vanuatu. See website www.nzstamps.co.nz as a starting point.
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