500,000 miles for a stamp

1969

This memento, sold by the U.S. Postal Service, carries a 10-cent airmail stamp with first day of issue cancellations. Signed by President Richard Nixon and astronauts Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin, this card has a description of the landing site, Armstrong’s famous quote, and a photograph of an astronaut on the Moon with the U.S. flag on the reverse. The die for this stamp and the canceling device made the 500,000-mile journey with the astronauts.

National Archives, Richard Nixon Library


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