Space Exploration

The Race to the Moon Chronicled in Stamps, Postcards, and Postmarks

A Story of Puffery vs. the Pragmatic

Authors: Cavallaro, Umberto

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  • Draws attention to some little known and previously unexamined historical sources from the time of the Cold War
  • Includes many high resolution images and illustrations that immerse the reader in the propaganda of the period
  • Presents as a compelling narrative that follows the actions of key players from both countries
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About this book

The story of the famed race to the Moon between the US and the USSR has been told countless times. The strategies of these two superpowers have often been paralleled in a way that highlights their fight for dominance and efforts to develop needed new technologies. This book will show how beneath these surface similarities, the two competing nations employed very different core tactics. It provides a new perspective of the history of the space race by analyzing that history through philately - that is, from the images on postage stamps, post cards, and letters in circulation at that time. Through this fascinating historical visual record, the author shows how the propaganda-heavy approach of the USSR eventually lost out to the more pragmatic approach of the United States.

About the authors

Umberto Cavallaro is founder and current president of AS.IT.AF (Italian Astrophilately Society), as well as the editor of its quarterly journal, AD*ASTRA. His professional activity led him to cooperate for many years with ESA, the European Space Agency. Author of “Propaganda e Pragmatismo in gara per la conquista della Luna” (“Propaganda & Pragmatism in race to the Moon” Impremix, Torino 2011) and “Donne nello Spazio” (“Women inSpace”, Mursia, Milano 2015), he has translated into Italian several publications, including “The All-American Boys” by Walter Cunningham, an Apollo VII astronaut.

Reviews

“This book … covers a thriving field of space memorabilia collection derived from a practical commercial application, i.e. sending letters. … Even space aficionados otherwise immune to the joys of philately will be fascinated to find their favourite history can be traced from Sputnik to Apollo by way of stamps … .” (Mark Williamson, Room, Vol. 20 (2), June, 2019)

“It is also a beautiful, softbound edition with almost all of its illustrations in full colour and will make a valuable addition to any collector’s library. … this information will be interesting to collectors of space-related philatelics who might be wondering what they are seeing (and not seeing) on their Moon-race-era philatelic collectibles. Umberto’s book provides examples of these Moon-race era commemorative stamps, special cancels, and covers that help illustrate many of the spaceflight events that he discusses in the text.” (Jim Reichman, Orbit, January, 2019)

“This handsome book reads like a novel and brings several seldom know facts about this Race to the Moon, especially marked on gray print in the book.” (Cosmo Express, Vol. 223 (4), 2018)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Sputnik Triggers the USSR–USA Competition

    Pages 1-64

    Cavallaro, Umberto

  • Man in Space

    Pages 65-106

    Cavallaro, Umberto

  • The Space Race changes direction

    Pages 107-152

    Cavallaro, Umberto

  • The astronaut sits in the driver’s seat

    Pages 153-208

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  • Two tragedies block the race in space

    Pages 209-240

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Buy this book

eBook 23,79 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-92153-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 29,11 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-92152-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Race to the Moon Chronicled in Stamps, Postcards, and Postmarks
Book Subtitle
A Story of Puffery vs. the Pragmatic
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-92153-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-92153-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-92152-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 338
Number of Illustrations
30 b/w illustrations, 233 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Original Italian edition published by Edizioni Visual Grafika, Torino, 2011
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