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Presented here are examples of space event covers created and distributed by George H. Goldey of Canton, Texas under the name Goldcraft Cachets.

The goal is to show a representative selection covering the basic style for each event and not an archive of each and every individual cover created for that event. In the future there may be a few cases where multiples of the same cover are shown for a given event. These instances will be examples showing variations in cancellation, return address, or the addition of other cachets. For events in 1958 and 1959 a Goldcraft Cachets album page (8.5" x 11") was created which included generic artwork at top, event cover in middle, and a short description of the event at bottom. These pages are certainly more scarce than the covers themselves as they appear much less frequently. A link to a photo of the album pages that are known to exist appears next to the cover image where applicable.

Below is an excerpt from an Astrophile article (Vol. 55, NO.2, Issue #313) written about George Goldey by Steve Durst, the full post can be found here.

George Goldey was a pioneer space cover maker, but he also proved he was quite an inventor. Living in Canton, Texas, he began making first day covers for stamps being issued by the U.S. Post Office Department in the mid 1950's, and Goldey made cachets for political events happening in Texas. Goldey had his peculiarities and often made covers about subjects with the word "gold" in them too. He also became fascinated with the U.S. space program and adamantly adopted it as his own, becoming a space cover cachet maker at the dawn of the U.S.' space program in 1958.

What I learned in talking to his family many years ago was that Goldey's space cover business was a family affair. He apparently did not keep a record of how many covers and versions he made, and he made his covers with a printing press he maintained at his house. The handwritting addressing his covers was that of his wife, who lovingly helped him on his space covers, and also his children, whom I believe also may have addressed the covers. Goldey also had an irascible side, and on one occasion known to the author, chased a group of space cover collectors off his property with a shotgun.

Goldey was a great space cover contributor at the dawn of the modern space age promoting and advancing space cover collecting. We, indeed owe George Goldey and his family a tremendous debt of gratitude.


Please email photos of other Goldcraft space event covers you've seen or events that I may have missed and I will add them to the archive.


Archive Status:
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1958 - Events listed (12).
1959 - Events listed (48) w/ 3 images needed.
1960 - Events listed (130) w/ 8 images needed.
1961 - Events listed (135) w/ 13 images needed.
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First Day - Events listed (8).

     Images Needed For:
  • 10/05/1964 - #C69, Goddard
  • 05/05/1969 - #1371, Apollo 8
  • 05/14/1974 - #1529, Skylab
  • 07/15/1975 - #1569-70, ASTP
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1962 - In process of adding events to site.
1963 to 1978 - In process of locating more cover images.
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QUICK LINKS:     Year-1958     Year-1959     Year-1960     Year-1961     First Day






            (1958)   EVENT           CANCEL LOCATION        REFERENCE COVER (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)       ALBUM PAGE LINK

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1/31Explorer 1 Patrick Air Force Base, FL
3/17Vanguard 1 Patrick Air Force Base, FL
3/26Explorer 3 Patrick Air Force Base, FL
7/26Explorer 4 Patrick Air Force Base, FL
10/11Pioneer 1 Port Canaveral, FL
11/8Pioneer 2 Port Canaveral, FL
11/28Atlas
12B
Port Canaveral, FL
12/6Pioneer 3 Port Canaveral, FL
12/13Jupiter
Monkey: Gordo
Port Canaveral, FL
12/16Thor Lompoc, CA
12/18Atlas
10B
SCORE
Port Canaveral, FL
12/23Atlas
3C
Port Canaveral, FL



      (1959)   EVENT                 CANCEL LOCATION        REFERENCE COVER (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)          ALBUM PAGE LINK

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1/15Bomarc Eglin
Air Force Base, FL
1/21Jupiter Port Canaveral, FL
2/6Titan Port Canaveral, FL
2/16Green Quail Port Canaveral, FL
2/17Vanguard 2 Port Canaveral, FL
2/27INTERPEX
Mail Rocket
New York, NY
2/28Discoverer 1 Lompoc, CA
2/28Discoverer 1 Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
3/3Pioneer 4 Port Canaveral, FL
3/10Snark Port Canaveral, FL
4/13Discoverer 2 Lompoc, CA
5/8Polaris Port Canaveral, FL
5/28Jupiter
Monkey: Able & Baker
Port Canaveral, FL
6/3Discoverer 3 Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
6/9Polaris
1st Missile Submarine
USS George Washington
Groton, CT
6/25Discoverer 4 Lompoc, CA
7/21Redstone Port Canaveral, FL
8/7Explorer 6 Port Canaveral, FL
8/13Discoverer 5 Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
8/14Beacon 2 Port Canaveral, FL
8/27Polaris
USS Observation Island
Port Canaveral, FL
9/9Atlas
12D
Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
9/17X-15
1st Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #8]
[Free Flight #2]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA
9/17Jupiter Port Canaveral, FL
9/18Vanguard 3 Port Canaveral, FL
9/22Polaris
2nd Missile Submarine
USS Patrick Henry
Groton, CT
10/3Polaris
3rd Missile Submarine
USS Theodore Roosevelt
Vallejo, CA
10/13Explorer 7 Port Canaveral, FL
10/13Bold Orion Port Canaveral, FL
10/17X-15
2nd Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #11]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA
10/29Space Balloon Wallops Island, VA
11/3Nike-Achilles Naha, Okinawa
11/5X-15
3rd Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #14]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA

11/7Discoverer 7 Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
11/18International
Rocket Week
Eglin
Air Force Base, FL
11/18Aerobee 150 Fort Churchill, Canada
11/19Strong Arm Wallops Island, VA
11/19Nike-ASP, 1st Wallops Island, VA
11/19Nike-ASP, 2nd Wallops Island, VA
11/20Nike-ASP Wallops Island, VA
11/20Discoverer 8 Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
11/26Pioneer 5 Port Canaveral, FL
12/1Thor
Earth Film
Port Canaveral, FL
12/1D57
Six Stage
Wallops Island, VA
12/1Thor, RAF Lompoc, CA
12/4Little Joe 2
Monkey: Sam
Wallops Island, VA
12/22Javelin Wallops Island, VA
12/28Polaris
Missile Submarine
USS Sam Houston
Newport News, VA



               (1960)   EVENT                    CANCEL LOCATION          REFERENCE COVER (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)               

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1/8NikeWallops Island, VA
1/9F-40
Five Stage
Wallops Island, VA
1/15JavelinWallops Island, VA
1/18Little Joe
Shot Put 2
Wallops Island, VA
1/21Little Joe 1B
Monkey: Miss Sam
Wallops Island, VA
1/23X-15
4th Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #16]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA
1/26JavelinWallops Island, VA
1/26Operation Sky HookUSS Valley Forge
1/26Atlas
6D
Lompoc, CA
2/2TitanPort Canaveral, FL
2/9ThorPort Canaveral, FL
2/10Eisenhower Visits
Cape Canaveral
Port Canaveral, FL
2/11MacePort Canaveral, FL
2/11X-15
5th Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #18]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA
2/25PershingPort Canaveral, FL
2/25Hound DogPort Canaveral, FL
2/26Midas 1Port Canaveral, FL
2/29Project EchoWallops Island, VA
3/3SnarkPort Canaveral, FL
3/3MinutemanEdwards
Air Force Base, CA
3/11Pioneer 5Port Canaveral, FL
3/17X-15
7th Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #20]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA
3/25X-15
8th Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #22]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA
3/25Aerobee-HIWallops Island, VA
3/25INTERPEX
Rocket Mail
New York, NY
3/29PolarisUSS Observation Island
3/31X-15
10th Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #24]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA
4/1Tiros 1Port Canaveral, FL
4/2Shot Put 4Wallops Island, VA
4/13Transit 1BPort Canaveral, FL
4/15Discoverer 11Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
4/19ScoutWallops Island, VA
4/22Atlas
25D
Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
5/9Project Mercury
Beach Abort
Escape Test
Wallops Island, VA
5/20Atlas
56D
Port Canaveral, FL
5/24Midas 2Port Canaveral, FL
6/11Atlas
54D
Port Canaveral, FL
6/22Transit 2APort Canaveral, FL
6/22Piggy Back Satellite
Transit 2A
Solrad 1, GREB
Port Canaveral, FL
7/1ScoutWallops Island, VA
7/11MacePort Canaveral, FL
7/15PolarisPort Canaveral, FL
7/29Project Mercury
MA-1
Port Canaveral, FL
7/30Polaris
USS George Washington
Port Canaveral, FL
8/1Polaris
USS George Washington
Port Canaveral, FL
8/3Aerobee-HIWallops Island, VA
8/4PolarisPort Canaveral, FL
8/4X-15
17th Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #35]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA
8/10Discoverer 13Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
8/11Discoverer 13
Recovery
Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
8/12Echo 1Port Canaveral, FL
8/12PolarisPort Canaveral, FL
8/18Thor-Able-StarPort Canaveral, FL
8/18Discoverer 14Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
8/19Discoverer 14
Recovery
Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
8/19X-15
19th Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #39]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA
8/23Aerobee-HIWallops Island, VA
8/28TrailblazerWallops Island, VA
8/29TrailblazerWallops Island, VA
8/30TitanPort Canaveral, FL
9/8Marshall Space
Flight Center
Dedicated
Huntsville, AL
9/12Atlas
47D
Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
9/13Discoverer 15Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
9/13Polaris
USS Patrick Henry
Port Canaveral, FL
9/15Polaris
USS Patrick Henry
Port Canaveral, FL
9/16Atlas
76D
Port Canaveral, FL
9/19Atlas
79D
Port Canaveral, FL
9/19Nerv RocketVandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
9/21Blue ScoutPort Canaveral, FL
9/22Polaris
USS Patrick Henry
Port Canaveral, FL
9/23PolarisPort Canaveral, FL
9/23X-15
21st Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #43]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA
9/25Pioneer
P-30
Port Canaveral, FL
9/26SnarkPort Canaveral, FL
9/28TitanPort Canaveral, FL
9/28MatadorPort Canaveral, FL
9/29Atlas
33D
Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
10/4Courier 1BPort Canaveral, FL
10/4ScoutWallops Island, VA
10/5PolarisPort Canaveral, FL
10/5Thor-AblePort Canaveral, FL
10/5RedstonePort Canaveral, FL
10/7TitanPort Canaveral, FL
10/11Samos 1Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
10/13Atlas
71D
Space Mice
Port Canaveral, FL
10/15Polaris
USS Patrick Henry
Port Canaveral, FL
10/16Polaris
USS Patrick Henry
Port Canaveral, FL
10/17Polaris
USS Patrick Henry
Port Canaveral, FL
10/18Polaris
USS Patrick Henry
Port Canaveral, FL
10/18IrisWallops Island, VA
10/20JupiterPort Canaveral, FL
10/20X-15
22nd Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #46]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA
10/21Vandenberg Air Force
Base Open House
Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
10/22Atlas
55D
Port Canaveral, FL
10/24TitanPort Canaveral, FL
10/26Discoverer 16Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
10/28X-15
23rd Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #47]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA
11/2BomarcPort Canaveral, FL
11/3Explorer 8Port Canaveral, FL
11/8Blue ScoutPort Canaveral, FL
11/8Little Joe 5Wallops Island, VA
11/10PolarisPort Canaveral, FL
11/12Discoverer 17Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
11/14Discoverer 17
Recovery
Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
11/15Atlas
83D
Port Canaveral, FL
11/15Aerobee-HIWallops Island, VA
11/15X-15
25th Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #50]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA
11/16PershingPort Canaveral, FL
11/17X-15
25th Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #51]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA
11/22X-15
25th Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #52]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA
11/22Aerobee 150AWallops Island, VA
11/23Tiros 2Port Canaveral, FL
11/30X-15
25th Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #53]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA
12/4ScoutWallops Island, VA
12/5SnarkPort Canaveral, FL
12/6X-15
25th Powered Flight
[X-15 Flight #54]
Edwards
Air Force Base, CA
12/7Discoverer 18Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
12/8Nike-CajunWallops Island, VA
12/9Nike-CajunWallops Island, VA
12/10ArgoWallops Island, VA
12/10Discoverer 18
Recovery
Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
12/12PershingPort Canaveral, FL
12/12JavelinWallops Island, VA
12/15Pioneer
P-31
Port Canaveral, FL
12/16Atlas
99D
Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
12/19Project Mercury
MR-1A
Port Canaveral, FL
12/20Discoverer 19Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
12/21Hound DogPort Canaveral, FL
12/22PolarisPort Canaveral, FL



               (1961)   EVENT                    CANCEL LOCATION          REFERENCE COVER (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)               

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1/7Blue ScoutPort Canaveral, FL
1/14LBJ visits CapePort Canaveral, FL
1/19IrisWallops Island, VA
1/25PershingPort Canaveral, FL
1/31Project Mercury
MR-2
Monkey: Ham
Port Canaveral, FL
1/31Atlas
70D
Samos 2
Lompoc, CA
2/5Aerobee-HIWallops Island, VA
2/9BomarcEglin
Air Force Base, FL
2/16Explorer 9Wallops Island, VA
2/16Nike-CajunWallops Island, VA
2/17Discoverer 20Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
2/18Discoverer 21Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
2/21Project Mercury
MA-2
Atlas
67D
Port Canaveral, FL
2/21Transit 2BPort Canaveral, FL
3/3Scout
w/ Human Tissue
Port Canaveral, FL
3/16MinutemanPort Canaveral, FL
3/18Project Mercury
Little Joe 5A
Wallops Island, VA
3/23PolarisPort Canaveral, FL
3/24Project Mercury
MR-BD
Booster Development
Port Canaveral, FL
3/25Explorer 10Port Canaveral, FL
3/30Discoverer 22Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
4/5Nike-CajunWallops Island, VA
4/8Discoverer 23Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
4/12ScoutPort Canaveral, FL
4/14Aerobee 150Wallops Island, VA
4/19Nike-AspWallops Island, VA
4/20Nike-AspWallops Island, VA
4/21Nike-AspWallops Island, VA
4/21Aerobee-HIWallops Island, VA
4/21TrailblazerWallops Island, VA
4/22JupiterPort Canaveral, FL
4/25Project Mercury
MA-3
Atlas
100D
Port Canaveral, FL
4/27Explorer 11Port Canaveral, FL
4/28Project Mercury
Little Joe 5B
Wallops Island, VA
5/3Titan
Silo Shot
Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
5/5Project Mercury
MR-3
Alan Shepard
Path of Flight
Port Canaveral, FL
5/5Project Mercury
MR-3
Alan Shepard
Mission Accomplished
Port Canaveral, FL
5/5Project Mercury
MR-3
Alan Shepard
Flight Ends
West End, Bahamas
5/8Alan Shepard
at White House
Washington, DC
5/8PolarisPort Canaveral, FL
5/12Atlas
12E
Port Canaveral, FL
5/23TitanPort Canaveral, FL
5/26Atlas
18E
Port Canaveral, FL
6/1MatadorPort Canaveral, FL
6/2MatadorPort Canaveral, FL
6/8Discoverer 24Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA

6/9Alan Shepard
Slogan Cancel
Virginia Beach, VA
6/10PershingPort Canaveral, FL
6/16MacePort Canaveral, FL
6/16Discoverer 25Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA

6/19Discoverer 25 RecoveryVandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
6/21Mace Port Canaveral, FL
6/26RedstonePort Canaveral, FL
6/28Transit 4Port Canaveral, FL
6/28GrebPort Canaveral, FL
6/28InjunPort Canaveral, FL
7/6Atlas
22E
Port Canaveral, FL
7/7Discoverer 26Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
7/10Discoverer 26 RecoveryVandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
7/12Tiros 3Port Canaveral, FL
7/12Atlas
97D
Midas 3
Lompoc, CA
7/13PolarisPort Canaveral, FL
7/19PershingPort Canaveral, FL
7/20Nike-CajunWallops Island, VA
7/20TitanPort Canaveral, FL
7/21Project Mercury
MR-4
Gus Grissom
Port Canaveral, FL
7/21Project Mercury
MR-4
Gus Grissom
Port Canaveral, FL
7/21Discoverer 27Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
7/25TitanPort Canaveral, FL
7/27MinutemanPort Canaveral, FL
7/31Atlas
21E
Port Canaveral, FL
8/2PolarisPort Canaveral, FL
8/3TitanPort Canaveral, FL
8/3Discoverer 28Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
8/4JupiterPort Canaveral, FL
8/8Atlas
2F
Port Canaveral, FL
8/10Alan Shepard
Slogan Cancel
Virginia Beach, VA
8/12Polaris
USS Abraham Lincoln
Port Canaveral, FL
8/15Explorer 12Port Canaveral, FL
8/17Blue Scout Jr.Port Canaveral, FL
8/23Atlas
111D
Ranger 1
Port Canaveral, FL
8/30Discoverer 29Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
9/2Discoverer 29 RecoveryVandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
9/12Discoverer 30Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
9/13Project Mercury
MA-4
Atlas
88D
Robot Astronaut
Port Canaveral, FL
9/14Discoverer 30 RecoveryVandenberg
Air Force Base, CA

9/17Discoverer 31Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
9/23TitanVandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
9/29PolarisPort Canaveral, FL
10/5Atlas
30E
Port Canaveral, FL
10/10Nike-CreePort Canaveral, FL
10/13Discoverer 32Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
10/16Discoverer 32 RecoveryVandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
10/16Polaris
USS Ethan Allen
Port Canaveral, FL
10/21Atlas
105D
Midas 4
Lompoc, CA
10/23PolarisPort Canaveral, FL
10/23Discoverer 33Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
10/24TitanPort Canaveral, FL
10/27Saturn I
First Launch
Port Canaveral, FL
11/1Blue ScoutPort Canaveral, FL
11/2PershingPort Canaveral, FL
11/3PolarisPort Canaveral, FL
11/5Discoverer 34Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
11/8PolarisPort Canaveral, FL
11/10Atlas
32E
Monkey: Goliath
Port Canaveral, FL
11/15Transit 4BPort Canaveral, FL
11/15TRAACPort Canaveral, FL
11/15Discoverer 35Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
11/16Discoverer 35 RecoveryVandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
11/17Minuteman
Silo Firing
Port Canaveral, FL
11/18Atlas
117D
Ranger 2
Port Canaveral, FL
11/21TitanPort Canaveral, FL
11/22Atlas
4F
Simulated Atomic Cores
Port Canaveral, FL
11/22Atlas
108D
Samos 4
Lompoc, CA
11/29TitanPort Canaveral, FL
11/29Project Mercury
MA-5
Atlas
93D
Monkey: Enos
Port Canaveral, FL
12/1PolarisPort Canaveral, FL
12/5PolarisPort Canaveral, FL
12/5Thor
RAF
Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
12/7JupiterPort Canaveral, FL
12/12Discoverer 36Vandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
12/12Atlas
5F
Port Canaveral, FL
12/12OscarVandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
12/13TitanPort Canaveral, FL
12/17Discoverer 36 RecoveryVandenberg
Air Force Base, CA
12/19Atlas
6F
Monkey: Scatback
Port Canaveral, FL
12/22Atlas
114D
Samos 5
Lompoc, CA



               (First Day)       EVENT                    CANCEL LOCATION          REFERENCE COVER (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)               

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12/15/19604c Echo I
Communications for Peace
Scott #1173
Washington, DC
02/20/19624c Project Mercury
Scott #1193
Cape Canaveral, FL
09/29/19675c Accomplishments in Space
Scott #1331-32
Kennedy Space Center, FL
09/09/196910c Moon Landing
Scott #C76
Washington, DC




08/02/19718c Space Achievements
Scott #1434-35
Kennedy Space Center, FL
02/28/197510c Pioneer 10 and Jupiter
Scott #1556
Mountain View, CA


04/04/197510c Mariner 10
Scott #1557
Pasadena, CA
07/20/197815c Viking Missions to Mars
Scott #1759
Hampton, VA



This page last modified: 04/04/2020
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Compiled by Jeff Mills, cS: thisismills
Thanks to Steve Durst, Tom Steiner for image and listing contributions.