Glenn Stamps from Tiny States
Three states in the Pacific Islands Balau (formerly Palau), Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands still associated with the US brought out their own stamps to mark the return to space by Glenn on launch date 29/10/98.
Balau chose a sheet of eight stamps showing Glenn the Senator and in training for the shuttle flight. Micronesia’s sheet of eight stamps is an interesting selection or shots relating to Glenn’s first mission in 1962.
The Marshall Islands produced something that excited attention—a booklet of six stamps showing Glenn, the launch and flight in 1962 and 1998. Included on a separate sheet is a reproduction of the American Mercury stamp (Glenn’s 1962 orbital flight and the wording “The Right Stuff Again”, a reference to Tom Wolfe’s famous book about the first American astronaut’s flight into space.
The pictorial cover of the booklet has an illustration of the 1998 space shuttle Discovery whilst the 1962 Mercury decorates the back. “Hero in Space” is written in bold letters on both sides. Definitely a must-have!
(This article first appeared in Mijn Stokpaardje in February 1999 and was specially translated for Orbit by Mrs. Angels Paterson of Elgin, Scotland).