Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !


Yeni yılınızı kutlar, sağlık ve başarılar dileriz!
С Рождеством Христовым С наступающим Новым Годом!
Natale hilare et annum faustum!
Честита Коледа Щастлива Нова Година!
Жаңа жыл құтты болсын!
חג מולד שמח ושנה טובה
Gëzuar Krishtlindjet e Vitin e Ri!
Veselé vánoce a šťastný nový rok!
Joyeux Noël et bonne année!
Feliz Natal e próspero ano novo!
क्रस्मसको शुभकामना तथा नयाँ वर्षको शुभकामना
メリークリスマス 明けましておめでとうございます
Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo!
Kellemes karácsonyt és boldog új évet!
Καλά Χριστούγεννα!
Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr!
Prettige kerstdagen en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
Cărciun hărios şi ti mulţă-anji Anlu Nàù!

Шинэ жилийн баярын мэнд хvргэе!

أجمل التهاني بمناسبة الميلاد و حلول السنة الجديدة
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

Astro Space Stamp Society – Airmail Labels – Space thematic etiquettes – Orbit magazine

ORBIT is the official quarterly publication of the Astro Space Stamp Society, full of illustrations and informative space stamp and space cover articles, postal auctions, space news, and a new issues guide.

The etiquettes have appropriate illustrations and are imperforate on gummed paper; the computerized realizations were achieved by me. Other realizations were achieved by Eve Archer, wife of Jeff Dugdale, who edits the ASSS’s journal ORBIT. (

They are available from him, C/o Elgin High School, Elgin, Moray, IV30 3YU.The price are only £1 for 4 (it’s 25p for 4 to ASSS members) All can be postally used to indicate airmail.

Mixed media artwork – maxicard – glow in the dark effects (photoluminescent pigment) – Alec Bartos – First Step On The Moon – 2011 painting




A 70X50 cm mixed media artwork that includes a Apollo 11 maxicard designed by me in 2009 for the Romanian Post. See the full stamp issue here:

(In philately a maximum card (also known as a maxi-card, or maxicard) is a postcard with a postage stamp placed on the picture side of the card where the stamp and card match or are in concordance. In most cases, the cancel is also related to the image on the front of the card and the stamp.

The collecting of maximum cards is known as maximaphily.)

The work is part of an ongoing series that utilize photoluminescent pigment with a glow period of over 8 hours. The area around the stamps, blocks, postcards or envelopes, made from the spacial cardboard generally used for the passe-par-tout is used as a painting surface. Small details (visible only in a specific angle and light) made with pencils and liners, rough acrylic touch, metallic colors and the special glow in the dark pigment work together to the final composition. The idea is that at different distances to the tableau, the viewer is experiencing different paintings. The light plays a very important role. Not only for the photoluminescent pigments, invisible during the day and which without light will remain near invisible in the dark, but for all the other materials used. Many of the details are made almost black to black. They become visible only in a éclairage rasant or with the help of the reflections of light. All these made the tableau interesting to see for-yourself and not so spectacular when photographed.

Graphic design posters for Purdue University – Bioethics Lectures Series

For the past six years Jonathan Beever and Nicolae Morar, with the support and encouragement of their sponsors, have continued to press the issue of ethics in policy, science and technology at Purdue via the Lectures in Ethics, Policy, and Science (formerly the Bioethics Seminar Series). They intend to build opportunities for engagement between philosophy, policy, and science at a campus-wide level and to raise awareness of the ethical implications of biotechnological development for our environment both local and global. Hosting nationally-recognized scholars brings new perspectives to the Purdue community on these issues. Their objectives for the bioethics seminar series project included the following.

1) Develop interdisciplinary discourse on “hot” issues in science and ethics

2) Educate for intentionality in science and technology development at Purdue

3) Establish connections between Purdue’s science and technology and Indiana University’s Center for Bioethics

4) Involve philosophy in policy and ethics decisions at a campus-wide level

5) Build opportunities for engagement

6) Broaden our scope to include issues of climate change in discussion of bioethics

7) Involve nationally-recognized scholars in diverse discussions of bioethics

Jonathan Beever

August 2011

I had the opportunity to help them with the design of the posters.

more at:

space cover cachets – handpainted

Cachet: In French, cachet means a stamp or a seal. On a cover, the cachet is an added design or text, often corresponding to the design of the postage stamp, the mailed journey of the cover, or some type of special event. Cachets appear on modern first-day covers, first-flight covers and special-event covers.

All the cachets are totally hand made, worked under the magnifying glass with nibs and brushes. Pigments used are inks and gouaches. In the darkness some features are photoluminiscent (glow in the dark pigments). The postmarks and stamps are originals from the respective period and places.  Actual covers size are approx. 16,5X9 cm (6,49X3,54 inch) For details please click the images.

The Liberty Bell 7 cover has some features made with UV sensitive pigment. The cover bears a fake USS Randolph cancellation made by the famous forger Charles Riser. He was caught with the use of this kind of UV markings.

The Discoverer 1 – CORONA cover has silver paint effects. The cachet look different depending of the angle of  the light (Éclairage).

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Marshall Islands announces new stamp issue commemorating the end of the Space Shuttle era

On July 21, 2011, the day the Shuttle Atlantis touched down for the last time, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued seven new stamps commemorating the end of the Space Shuttle era.

Since its beginning in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been responsible for many remarkable accomplishments. For example, on May 5, 1961, NASA sent Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut, into space. Then, just eight years later, on July 16, 1969, NASA launched Apollo 11, carrying astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins on a journey to the Moon. In 1973, NASA was responsible for launching Skylab, a space-borne laboratory which circled the earth for nearly seven years. However, NASA’s next project—the famed Space Shuttle—is perhaps its greatest accomplishment so far. For 30 years beginning with the launch of Columbia on April 12, 1981, the Space Shuttle was the workhorse of America’s space program, bringing America as close as it has ever come to routine space travel.
A Full Mint Sheet of 7 is available for $4.31 (stock number 466-7190). A First Day Cover is available at the Official Price of $5.71 (stock number 466-7204). A shipping and handling charge is added to all orders.
For information about this issue, or other stamps of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, contact the Stamps and Philatelic Center of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, One Unicover Center, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82008-0021. Information may also be obtained by calling 1-800-443-4225 or ordering on-line at



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

Registered Mail entering the USA Treated as Ordinary Mail

ifsda Magazine – February 2011

The following editorial from the January February 2011 issue of the Collectors Club (New York) Philatelist is especially important news for members receiving registered mail from foreign destinations in the USA, or to those sending registered mail to the USA.

Warning to all who might receive registered mail from overseas: Inquiries by overseas senders regarding missing registered mail have discovered a disturbing problem.

Since June 2009, all registered mail arriving in the U.S. from overseas is treated by the U.S. Postal Service as ordinary mail from its original arrival at the U.S. exchange office, and is not given the usual processing that is expected from registered mail.

A post inspector has commented that any such registered mail items can be considered the same as having a “Steal Me” label on them. The applicable regulation, taken from the USPS International Mail Manual, says: 752.13 Treatment of Registered Items – All registered mail by the country origin must be handled domestic First-Class mail stream from the exchange office to the office of delivery. A signed delivery recipient must be obtained at the time of delivery.
The second sentence show that simply because the recipient has to sign on delivery does not mean that the mail was given the secure handling expected of registered mail.
“Traveling in the domestic First Class Mail mailstream” means that the letter or package will be sent along with all other ordinary first class mail. Registered mail within the U.S. remains the same secure process as before, as does registered mail send to overseas addresses. The danger is restricted to arriving mail. The best alternative is to use either Express Mail or Courier Services. Be warned, and tell your overseas correspondents.
(Source: Editorial by Robert P. Odenweller, The Collectors Club Philatelist, Jan. – Feb. 2011)

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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