NASA Local Post (NLP) and Space City Cover Society (SCCS)

Covers Before SCCS

It has been long believed that "space related" covers produced
with the "Space City" logo were part of the covers produced by
the Space City Cover Society.   Documents created by the Space City
Cover Society show that the very first cover produced by SCCS
was the Apollo 1 Memorial cover on January 27, 1967.   The Apollo 1
Memorial covers bear a "TREYCO" logo.

An SCCS publication notes that one of the SCCS founders, Allen Banks,
was also the founder of "TREYCO" and that "TREYCO" was a Houston
firm that had produced first day covers and event covers. "TREYCO"
was incorporated in Texas on October 8, 1962 as a "Domestic For-Profit
Corporation".

The "TREYCO" logo and the logo for "Space City" have some similarities
which might indicate that the two companies may have been related to
each other.

"Space City" covers used icons in their cachets that eventually became
classic icons for SCCS and the NASA Local Post.   While there is no
documented proof, it certainly appears that "Space City" covers were
the "forerunners" for SCCS covers.

Space City Covers
The Rice Hotel - First Space Meeting - August 21, 1962

Scientists, engineers and educators met in Houston, Texas, to evaluate
Scott Carpenter's Mercury flight for a guide to Earth-to-Moon landings.

This cover bears the "Space City" logo and appears to be the earliest
known "Space City" cover.

Cover image courtesy of Joe Frasketi.

President John Kennedy and Vice-President Lyndon Johnson visit
the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston on an Inspection tour that took
place on September 12, 1962.

This cover bears the "Space City" logo.   The cover's cachet also bears
an outline of the State of Texas and orbiting "capsule" logo that became
the iconic local cancel for the NASA Local Post.

Cover image courtesy of Larry Hinrichs.

Group 2 Astronauts report to the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston
on September 17, 1962.

This cover also bears the "Space City" logo.   The cover's cachet bears
the "Boilerplate" Apollo capsule that became one of the iconic logos
for SCCS and the NASA Local Post.

Cover image courtesy of Dennis Dillman.

Spelling errors on the cover - "Strafford" should be Stafford and "Lowell"
should be Lovell

Space City Exhibition Station Houston Cancel

Astronaut Walter Schirra's 6 Orbit Flight
October 3, 1962

This cover also bears the "Space City" logo.   The cover's cachet features
Astronaut Schirra in his spacesuit. The cover also shows a map of his
orbital paths around the Earth and his fiery reentry profile.

Lift Off - Houston

Lift Off - Cape Canaveral

Recovery

Astronaut Walter Schirra Arrival on the Mainland
October 7, 1962

This cover also bears the "Space City" logo.   The cover's cachet features
an image of Astronaut Schirra and an aircraft flying over the globe.

Cover image courtesy of Larry Hinrichs.

Walter M. Schirra Press Conference, Rice University, Houston, Texas
October 7, 1962

This cover also bears the "Space City" logo.   The cover's cachet bears
media icons: radio tower, newspaper, TV camera, and reporter's notebook.
The cover also bears an image of Schirra and a map of his orbital paths
around the Earth.

Cover image courtesy of Eddie Bizub.

Astronaut Walter Schirra Receives the NASA Distinguished Service Medal
October 15, 1962

This cover also bears the "Space City" logo.   The cover's cachet features
an image of the NASA Distinguished Service Medal proclamation and the
medal itself.

Cover image courtesy of Larry Hinrichs.

Astronaut Walter M Schirra, Jr. Visits President Kennedy at the White House
October 16, 1962

This cover also bears the "Space City" logo.   The cover's cachet features
images of Kennedy, Schirra and the White House.

Cover image courtesy of Joe Frasketi.

Astronaut John Glenn Receives the Cunningham Trophy
November 2, 1962

This cover also bears the "Space City" logo.   The cover's cachet features
an image of Glenn, Earth and the Mercury-Atlas Launch Vehicle.

The "Space City" logo featuring an orbiting capsule.

        

TREYCO Covers
HOUPEX '63
The Space City Stamp Show
April 27, 1963

The cover features orbiting capsule logos.

This cover bears a "Space City Treyco" logo.

Cover image courtesy of Larry Hinrichs.

L. Gordon Cooper, Jr. Historical Multi-Orbit Flight
May 15, 1963

This cover features and image of Cooper and his Mercury capsule
orbiting the Earth.

These covers bear a "Space City Treyco" logo.

NASA Homesite

Blast Off

Press Conference

White House Visit

Medal Award

First water endurance and recovery test of Gemini-Apollo "Boiler Plate"
spaceship in Galveston Bay, Texas.
June 28, 1963

This cover features a "generic" NASA cachet and text detailing the mission.

This cover bears a "Space City Treyco" logo.

President Kennedy Presents The Collier Trophy to the Mercury
Astronauts - October 10, 1963

The Collier Trophy is an annual aviation award administered by the U.S.
National Aeronautic Association (NAA), presented to those who have
made "the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America,
with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air
or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated
by actual use."

Lt. Cmdr. Malcolm Scott Carpenter, USN; Maj. L. Gordon Cooper, USAF;
Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr. USMC; Major Virgil I. Grissom, USAF;
Cmdr. Walter M. Schirra, Jr., USN; Cmdr. Alan B. Shepard, Jr., USN
and Major Donald K. Slayton, USAF, received the 1962 award for
pioneering manned space flight in the United States.

This cover bears a "Space City Treyco" logo.

Cover image courtesy of Joe Frasketi.

Team of 14 Astronauts for 3rd Stage Apollo-Gemini Project publicly
introduced by NASA on October 18, 1963. NASA Astronaut Group 3:
Anders, Aldrin, Bassett, Bean, Cernan, Chaffee, Collins, Cunningham,
Eisele, Freeman, Gordon, Schweickart, Scott and Williams.

This cover bears a "Space City Treyco" logo.

Tribute to John F. Kennedy - by proclamation President Lyndon B. Johnson
changes Cape Canaveral to Cape Kennedy - November 29, 1963

This cover features the Apollo Boilerplate Capsule from the Space City
September 17, 1962 cover and an image of Kennedy that matches the
Kennedy image on the Space City September 12, 1962 cover.

This cover bears a "Top Hat Treyco" logo.

Cover image courtesy of Joe Frasketi.

Gemini 3 - First Gemini Flight
April 13, 1964

This cover features images of the Prime Crew of Grissom and Young and
the Back-up Crew of Schirra and Stafford.

This cover bears a "Top Hat Treyco" logo.

Cover image courtesy of Joe Frasketi.

Gemini 4 Launch and Splashdown Dual Cancel
June 3-7, 1965

This cover features a "generic" NASA cachet and text detailing the mission.

This cover bears a "Space City Treyco" logo.

Red Cachet

Green Cachet

The "TREYCO" logo featuring a similar orbiting capsule seen in the
"Space City" logo.   The orange "TREYCO" logo was featured on the
very first SCCS cover.

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