You won’t find many candidate endorsements at Gearfuse, but here’s one we can heartily commend: vote to make this commemorative Apollo stamp the US representative in a new gallery of International stamps at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. It’s hardly the only stamp to commemorate the first moon landing�even stamps from Qatar and Liberia have done that�and at $2.40, you’re unlikely to have come across this priority mail cover in the course of postal business. But its design admirably evokes the Apollo moment, and furnishes a more telling postal commemoration of US achievement than the ubiquitous-looking statues of liberty, stars and stripes, and capitol domes of the other candidates.
Endorsement aside, we can only hope there won’t be an funny business around this vote�unlike the infamous Apollo 15 incident, when crewmembers were disciplined for cutting a deal with a German stamp dealer to carry a packet of collectible stamps to the moon in exchange for a cut of the proceeds�just another example of the colorful postal history of the moon landings that makes this stamp a fit choice for the new gallery. [via It’s Full of Stars]