Vanguard-1

Vanguard-series
satellites

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This page contains philatelic information on the Vanguard-series satellites. Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the satellites featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Launch information
(found elsewhere)
Reference images
(found elsewhere)
Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
Vanguard Vanguard Vanguard Vanguard
Vanguard (on other than Vanguard launch covers)


Below is a list of Vanguard-series satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Vanguard
Aitutaki314 (Mi498)1983Vanguard-1
Aitutaki314a (BL44)MS3 (312-314)
Ajman StateMi2784A
Mi2784B
One of MS8 (Mi2781A-2788A + 8 labels)
One of imperforate MS8 (Mi2781B-2788B + 8 labels)
1973Vanguard-2
Ajman StateMi2784A ds1
Mi2784A ds2
Mi2784B ds1
Mi2784B ds2
Mi2784B ds3
Deluxe sheet (Mi2784A), gold on white background
Deluxe sheet (Mi2784A), gold on blue background
Imperforate deluxe sheet (Mi2784B), gold on white background
Imperforate deluxe sheet (Mi2784B), gold on pink background
Imperforate deluxe sheet (Mi2784B), silver on white background
Ajman StateMi2792A
Mi2792B
One of MS16 (Mi2789A-2796A+2677A-2684A)
One of imperforate MS16 (Mi2789B-2796B+2677B-2684B)
AngolaWB43 label (Mi unlisted)On one label of MS4 (WB43 (a-d + 10 labels))1999Vanguard-3
Antigua and Barbuda3013 (Mi4587-4589)On all stamps and in (left) margin of MS6 (3013 (2x (a-c)))2008"Vanguard-1"; also IHY
Antigua and Barbuda3015 (Mi4593-4594)On all stamps and in (right) margin of MS4 (3015 (2x (a-b)))
Antigua and Barbuda3017 (BL654)SS1
Australia388 (Mi352)1965Vanguard-2
Australia388 fdc1Stamp on FDC (WCS cachet)
Australia388 fdc2Stamp on FDC (WCS cachet, same, Melbourne cancel)
Australia388 fdc3Stamp on FDC (WCS cachet, same, Sheffield TAS cancel)
Australia388 fdc4Stamp on FDC (WCS cachet, different, Adelaide SA cancel)
AustriaNone(Gmünd) cancel on cover198325th anniv. Vanguard-1 launch
BurundiC186 (Mi959-962)
iC186
Block of 4 (C186 (a-d))
Imperforate block of 4 (iC186 (a-d))
1973Vanguard-2
BurundiC186e (BL72)
iC186e
MS16 (C183-C186) (Mi947-962)
Imperforate MS16 (iC183-iC186)
Canada376 fdc1 (Mi323 fdc1)(Multi-color printed) cachet on FDC1958Vanguard-2
Canada376 fdc2 (Mi323 fdc2)(Blue and red printed) cachet on FDC (Ottawa cancel)
Canada376 fdc3 (Mi323 fdc3)(Blue and red printed) cachet (same) on FDC (Kitchener cancel)
ChadBL248A
BL248B
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1996"Vanguard-3"
Chad710a (Mi1517A)
i710a (Mi1517B)
One stamp and in selvedge of MS6 (710 (a-f)) (Mi1517A-1522A)
One stamp and in selvedge of imperforate MS6 (i710 (a-f)) (Mi1517B-1522B)
1997"grapefruit" satellite (in French text on stamp, referring to Vanguard-1 size and shape), "Vanguard" launch rocket (in selvedge text)
ChadUnknown d (Mi?)
Unknown id
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2011"Vanguard-3"
ChadUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 and cachet on FDC
Cuba1178a (BL29)In (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS3 (1176-1178)1966like-Vanguard-21
Cuba2135 (Mi2211)Stamp-on-stamp: Poland 822 (Mi1062)1977like-Vanguard-21
DjiboutiUnlisted ms fdc (Mi unlisted fdc.)Cachet on FDC2007Vanguard-1
DjiboutiUnknown b (Mi?)
Unknown ib
On one stamp and in (upper-right) margin of MS2 (a-b)
On one stamp and in (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS2 (a-b)
2013"Vanguard-1"
DjiboutiUnknown ms fdc (Mi? fdc)Cachet on FDC2013Vanguard-1
Dominica934 (BL105)Stamp-on-stamp: UN-Geneva 1101985like-Vanguard-21
Equatorial GuineaMi588
MiA588

Imperforate on lavender paper
1975Vanguard-2 (not "Intasat", as in text)
France1270 (Mi1705)
i1270

Imperforate
1970Dial-Wika and Dial-Mika launch (based on cachet in fdc1 and text in the card), but small satellite in stamp resembles Vanguard-21 (not Dial-Wika)2; (The Diamant-B3 launch rocket only is shown in the cancel, and in the cachets on the card and on FDCs 2, 3, 4, and 5; this was the first launch of the Diamant-B3 rocket)
France1270 fdc1Stamp and (Éditions J.F.) cachet on FDC
France1270 fdc2Stamp and (Éditions PAC) cachet on FDC
France1270 fdc3Stamp and (Éditions PAC) cachet on FDC (different cancel)
France1270 fdc4Stamp and ('FDC') cachet on FDC
France1270 fdc5Stamp and (PJ no.715) cachet on FDC
France1270 fdc6Stamp and (PJ no.715) cachet on FDC (different cancel)
France1270 cardStamp and (Éditions CEF) cachet on FDOI card
France1270 maxi1Maxicard
France1270 maxi2Maxicard (different)
France1270 maxi3Maxicard (different), also back
FujeiraMi72A
Mi72B

Imperforate
1966Vanguard-1
FujeiraMi70A-77A fdcOne of eight stamps on FDC
FujeiraMi151A
Mi151B
Mi72A overprinted new currency
Mi72B overprinted new currency
1967Vanguard-1
FujeiraMi346A
Mi346B
Mi72A overprinted "Apollo-8"
Mi72B overprinted "Apollo-8"
1967Vanguard-1
FujeiraMi346A inv o/p
Mi346B inv o/p
Mi72A inverted overprint "Apollo-8"
Mi72B inverted overprint "Apollo-8"
FujeiraMi341A-348A fdcOne of eight stamps on FDC
GabonUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (left) margin of MS4 (a-d)
In (left) margin of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2017"Vanguard"-1
GabonUnknown proofSigned-proof MS4
GabonUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 on FDC
GabonUnknown a-d fdcCachet on FDC
Germany (East)371-372 fdc (Mi616-617 fdc)Cancel on FDC1958Vanguard-2
Germany (West)NoneCachet on cover1964Vanguard-2
Germany (West)NoneCachet on cover1965Vanguard-2
Germany (West)NoneCinderella (poster stamp), one of MS30 cinderella~1966"Vanguard-1"
Germany (West)NoneCancel on cover196?Vanguard-2
Germany (West)NoneMeter on cover1977like-Vanguard-21
Ghana164 (Mi170A)
i164 (Mi170B)

Imperforate
1964Vanguard-2
Ghana165 (Mi171A)
i165 (Mi171B)

Imperforate
Ghana166 (Mi172A)
i166 (Mi172B)

Imperforate
Ghana164-166 fdcThree stamps on FDC
Ghana166a (BL9)On all four stamps of imperforate MS4 (4x 166)
Ghana166a fdcImperforate MS4 on FDC
Ghana186 (Mi185A)
i186 (Mi185B)
From MS12 (186a (12x 186))
From imperforate MS12 (i186a (12x i186))
1964Vanguard-2
Ghana187 (Mi186A)
i187 (Mi186B)
From MS12 (187a (12x 187))
From imperforate MS12 (i187a (12x i187))
Ghana188 (Mi187A)
i188 (Mi187B)
From MS12 (188a (12x 188))
From imperforate MS12 (i188a (12x i188))
Guernsey (Great Britain)449-451 fdc (Mi518-521 fdc)Insert from FDC, also insert back and front1991"Vanguard satellite"
Guinea RepublicBL1931On stamp of SS12011Vanguard-2
Guinea RepublicBL1931 fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
Haiti424 (Mi493)1958Vanguard-1
HaitiC119 (Mi497)Vanguard-1
HaitiC121a (BL8)On one of imperforate MS4 (427 + C119-C121)
Ivory CoastUnknown b (Mi?)
Unknown ib
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2011"Vanguard"-2
Ivory CoastUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 and cachet on FDC
Ivory CoastUnknown ms (Mi?)MS2 (a-b)201860th anniv. "Vanguard-1". Vanguard-2 (on stamp 'b' and stamp of 2nd SS1)
Ivory CoastUnknown1 ss (BL?)SS1
Ivory CoastUnknown2 ss (BL?)SS1 (different)
Korea (North)1450 (Mi1496A)
i1450 (Mi1496B)

Imperforate
1976Vanguard-1
Libya1251 (Mi1496)1985Vanguard-2 (at left)
Libya1252 (Mi1497)
Libya1253 (Mi1498)
Maldive Islands2960 (Mi4691-4694)MS4 (2960 (a-d))2008Vanguard-1
MaliUnknown d (Mi?)
Unknown id
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2011"Vanguard-1"
MaliUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 and cachet on FDC
ManamaMi1096A
Mi1096B

Imperforate
1972Vanguard-1 launch
ManamaMi1094A-1098A fdcOne of 5 stamps on FDC
Nigeria143a (Mi134)In (right) margin of MS12 (12x 143)1963Vanguard-2
Nigeriai143aIn (right) margin of "imperforate"4 MS12 (12x 143)
Nigeria144a (Mi135)In (right) margin of MS12 (12x 144)
Nigeriai144aIn (right) margin of "imperforate"4 MS12 (12x 144)
PanamaC334a (BL36)
iC334a (BL37)
In (lower) margin of MS2 (C333-C334)
In (lower) margin of imperforate MS2 (iC333-iC334) with changed colors
1965Vanguard-2
PanamaC336a (BL38)
iC336a (BL39)
In (lower-left) margin of MS2 (C335-C336)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS2 (iC335-iC336) with changed colors
Paraguay922 (Mi1522)
i922 (Mi1530)

Imperforate with changed colors
1966Vanguard-2
Paraguay919-923 fdcOne of five stamps on FDC
Paraguay926 (Mi1526)
i926 (Mi1534)

Imperforate with changed colors
Paraguay926a (BL79)
i926a (BL80)
On stamp of SS1 (926)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (I926) with changed colors
Paraguay926a fdc
i926a fdc
SS1 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate SS1 and cachet on FDC
Poland822 (Mi1062)1958like-Vanguard-21
RomaniaC51a (Mi1678+1680)Pair (C49+C51 + label)1957like-Vanguard-21, but issued for Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2 with launch dates for those satellites on the label
RomaniaC51a fdcPair (C49+C51 + label) on FDC
RomaniaC52a (Mi1677+1679)Pair (C50+C52 + label)
RomaniaC52a fdcPair (C50+C52 + label) on FDC
RomaniaNonePrinted stamp (like C49) on stamped envelope1957like-Vanguard-21, but issued for Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2 with launch dates for those satellites on the label
RomaniaC51a o/p1Pair (C49+C51 + label), overprinted1958like-Vanguard-21, but issued for Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2 with launch dates for those satellites on the label
RomaniaC51a inverted o/p1Pair (C49+C51 + label), inverted overprint
RomaniaC52a o/p1Pair (C50+C52 + label), overprinted
RomaniaC52a inverted o/p1Pair (C50+C52 + label), inverted overprint
RomaniaC51a o/p2Pair (C49+C51 + label), overprinted (different)1958like-Vanguard-21, but issued for Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2 with launch dates for those satellites on the label
RomaniaC51a inverted o/p2Pair (C49+C51 + label), inverted overprint (different)
RomaniaC52a o/p2Pair (C50+C52 + label), overprinted (different)
RomaniaC52a inverted o/p2Pair (C50+C52 + label), inverted overprint (different)
RomaniaC51a o/p3Pair (C49+C51 + label), overprinted (different)1958like-Vanguard-21, but issued for Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2 with launch dates for those satellites on the label
RomaniaC51a inverted o/p3Pair (C49+C51 + label), inverted overprint (different)
RomaniaC52a o/p3Pair (C50+C52 + label), overprinted (different)
RomaniaC52a inverted o/p3Pair (C50+C52 + label), inverted overprint (different)
RomaniaC119 (Mi2086)Stamp-on-stamp: C49, C51, C561962like-Vanguard-21 (on Romania C49), but issued for Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2
RomaniaC119-C122 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
RomaniaC122a (BL53)Imperforate MS4 (C119-C121)), stamp-on-stamp: C49, C51, C56, C73, C74, C75, 1200 or 1201, C58, C88, C104, C109, C110
RomaniaC122a fdcMS4 on FDC
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local fdc1(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on FDC (machine cancel)1965Vanguard-3
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local fdc2(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on FDC (hand cancel)
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local fdc3(Red rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on FDC
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local fdc4(Red rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on FDC
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local fdc5(Red rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on FDC
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local fdc6(Red rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on FDC (hand cancel)
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local fdc7(Red rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on FDC (machine cancel)
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local fdc8(Red rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on FDC
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local fdc9(Red rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on FDC
Satellite Beach FL (USA)Local fdc10(Red rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on FDC
SharjahMi1005A
Mi1005B

Imperforate
1972Vanguard-1
SharjahBL115A
BL115B
On stamp of SS1 (Mi1005A)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (Mi1005B)
SurinamB100 (Mi442)1964Vanguard-2
SurinamB99-B103 fdcTwo of five stamps on FDC
Umm Al QiwainMi84A
Mi84B

Imperforate
1966Vanguard-1
Umm Al QiwainBL5A
BL5B
MS2 (Mi87A-88A)
Imperforate MS2 (Mi87B-88B)
Umm Al QiwainBL5A+Mi411A fdcMS2 on FDC (as well as embossed gold stamp noted below)
Umm Al QiwainMi78A-82A+BL5B fdcImperforate MS2 on FDC
Umm Al QiwainMi83A-86A+BL5A fdcOne of four stamps and MS2 on FDC
Umm Al QiwainMi95A
Mi95B
Mi84A overprinted new currency
Mi84B overprinted new currency
1967Vanguard-1
Umm Al QiwainBL6A
BL6B
MS2 (Mi98A-99A), BL5A overprinted new currency
Imperforate MS2 (Mi98B-99B), BL5B overprinted new currency
Umm Al QiwainMi94B-97B+BL6A fdcOne of four imperforate stamps and MS2 on FDC
Umm Al QiwainMi411A
Mi411B
Embossed gold
Embossed bold imperforate
1969Vanguard-1
Umm Al QiwainBL5A+Mi411A fdcEmbossed gold stamp on FDC (as well as MS2 noted above)
Umm Al QiwainBL25SS1, embossed gold
United Nations112-113 fdc (Mi122-123 fdc)(Orbit Covers) cachet on FDC, also annotated cachet1962"Vanguard-3" (in lower part of FDC), also in small reproduction of Haiti C119 containing Vanguard-1
United NationsSC22Souvenir card of 7 (New York 112, 256, 373; Geneva 46, 109-110; Vienna 27)1982like-Vanguard-21
United NationsSC22 (NY cancel)SC22 with New York FDC cancel
United Nations (Geneva)110 (Mi108)1982like-Vanguard-21
United Nations (Geneva)109-110 fdc1One of two stamps on FDC
United Nations (Geneva)109-110 fdc2One of two stamps on FDC (different)
United Nations (Geneva)SC22 (Geneva cancel)SC22 with Geneva FDC cancel
United Nations (Vienna)27 (Mi26)1982like-Vanguard-21
United Nations (Vienna)SC22 (Vienna cancel)SC22 with Vienna FDC cancel
United States1107 fdc1 (Mi727 fdc1)Cachet on FDC1958Vanguard-2
United States1107 fdc2 (Mi727 fdc2)(Fluegel Covers) cachet on FDC
United States1107 fdc3 (Mi727 fdc3)(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on FDCVanguard-3
United StatesNone(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on cover, also back1959Vanguard-1
United StatesNone(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on cover (different), also back1959Vanguard-1
United StatesNoneMeter196~Vanguard-1
United StatesNone(Dr. Willis Brown) cachet on cover, also insert1962Vanguard-2
United StatesNone(Astro Covers) cachet on cover1962"Vanguard" (in text)
United StatesC76 fdc (Mi990 fdc)(Centennial yellow earth) cachet on FDC1969Vanguard-2
United StatesNone(Rockpex) cachet (with design similar to Centennial black rocket, type-1) cachet) on cover1971Vanguard-2
United StatesNone(Smithsonian/NRL) cachet on cover, also insert1, insert1 back, insert2, and insert2 back1975"20th anniv. start of Project Vanguard"; "Vanguard TV-4" (in insert2 front); "Vanguard-1 has ... provided a wealth of information on air density, temperature ranges and micrometeorite impact" (in insert2 back)
United StatesNone(Wisconsin Rapids WI Exhibit Station) cancel on cover198325th anniv. Vanguard-1 launch
United StatesNone(Wisconsin Rapids WI Exhibit Station) cancel (same) and (Astro Covers) cachet on cover198325th anniv. Vanguard-1 launch
United States2277 fdc (Mi884 fdc)(?) cachet on FDC1988Vanguard-1
United States3187d (Mi3126)
3187d back
Back of one of pane of 15 (3187 (a-o)) (BL47, Mi3123-2137), also back1999"Vanguard-1" (in text on back of stamp)
United States3187d fdc1Back of stamp and (BGC) cachet on FDCVanguard-1
United States3187d fdc2Back of stamp and (printed) cachet on FDCVanguard-1
United States3187d fdc3Back of stamp and (Paul Calle/Chris Calle) cachet on FDCVanguard-1, Vanguard-2 (in cachet)
United States3187d fdc4Back of stamp and (printed) cachet on FDC"Vanguard-1"
United States3187d fdc5(PCS golden-replica) back of FDC, also front"Vanguard-1" (in text on FDC back)
United States3187d fdc6Back of stamp and (Space Voyage) cachet on FDCVanguard-1
United States3187d fdc7Back of stamp and (Space Voyage) cachet (different color) on FDC
United States3187d fdc8(Mystic Stamp Company) back of FDC, also front"Vanguard-1" and "Vanguard-2"
United States3187d fdc9Back of stamp and (S&T color laser) cachet on FDC'Vanguard-1"
United States3187 fdc1MS15 as FDC (no cachet)"Vanguard-1" (in text on back of stamp)
United States3187 fdc2MS15 on FDC (Artmaster cachet)
United States3187a-o fdcBack of one of 15 stamps on FDC
United States3188c fdc1 (Mi3173 fdc1)(Space Voyage) cachet on FDC1999Vanguard-1
United States3188c fdc2 (Mi3173 fdc2)(Space Voyage) cachet (different color) on FDC
United States3188c fdc3 (Mi3173 fdc3)(Space Voyage) cachet (different color) on FDC
United States3189i fdc1 (Mi3233 fdc1)(Space Voyage) cachet on FDC
United States3189i fdc2 (Mi3233 fdc2)(Space Voyage) cachet (different color) on FDC
United StatesNone(Mission 57) cachet on IGY cover back, also front2007"Vanguard-1...was finally launched on March 17, 1958" (in text)
Yemen Arab Republic260 (Mi903A)
i260 (Mi903B)
260g (Mi910)
From MS12 (12x 260)
From imperforate MS12 (12x i260)
From imperforate MS12 (12x 260g) with changed colors
1969"Vanguard-1"

1"like-Vanguard-2" items have the appearance of Vanguard-2, but the images of the satellite are either small or lack detail.
2Not Dial-Wika as intended, based on FDC.
3Diamant rockets were used to launch A-1 and other French satellites from 1965 to 1975.
4The "imperforate" sheets from Nigeria, i143a and i144a, are imperforate only in the surrounding margins, otherwise the stamps in both sheets are perforated on all sides.


Below is a list of Vanguard-series satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Vanguard
1956-12-08: Vanguard-TV0 (sub-orbital)
No launch cover images available yet
Vanguard-TV0 (sub-orbital) (anniversaries)
United States1986-12-08Cape Canaveral FL(Space Medal) cachet on cover30th anniv. Vanguard-TV0 (sub-orbital) launch [failed]
1957-05-01: Vanguard-TV1 (sub-orbital)
No launch cover images available yet
1957-10-23: Vanguard-TV2 (sub-orbital)
No launch cover images available yet
1957-12-06: Vanguard-TV3 [failed]
No launch cover images available yet
Vanguard-TV3 (anniversaries)
United States2007-12-06Cape Canaveral FL(Mission 57) cachet on cover, also back50th anniv. Vanguard-TV3 launch [failed]
1958-02-05: Vanguard-TV3 (backup) [failed]
No launch cover images available yet
1958-03-17: Vanguard-1
United States1958-03-17Port Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverVanguard-1 launch
United States1958-03-17Patrick AFB, FL(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverVanguard-1 launch
United States1958-03-17Patrick AFB, FL(Swanson red rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverVanguard-1 launch
United States1958-03-17Patrick AFB, FL(Goldcraft) cachet on coverVanguard-1 launch
United States1958-03-17Patrick AFB, FL(Epps printed/velvet) cachet on (airmail) coverVanguard-1 launch
Vanguard-1 (anniversaries)
United States1968-03-17Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Swanson cyan and red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover10th anniv. Vanguard-1 launch
United States1968-03-17Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Swanson cyan and red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover10th anniv. Vanguard-1 launch
United States1973-03-17Cape Canaveral FL(MoF no.4) cachet on cover, also insert and insert back15th anniv. Vanguard-1 launch
United States1973-03-17Cape Canaveral FL(SCCS) cachet on cover15th anniv. Vanguard-1 launch
United States1973-03-17Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney magenta) cachet on cover15th anniv. Vanguard-1 launch
United States1973-03-17Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney magenta) cachet (same) on cover15th anniv. Vanguard-1 launch
United States1978-03-17Cape Canaveral FL(Whitney blue) cachet on (airmail) cover20th anniv. Vanguard-1 launch
Austria2008-03-17Vienna(Printed) cachet on cover50th anniv. Vanguard-1 launch
United States2008-03-17Cape Canaveral FL(Mission 57) cachet on cover, also back50th anniv. Vanguard-1 launch
1958-04-28: Vanguard-TV5 [failed]
No launch cover images available yet
1958-05-27: Vanguard-SLV1 [failed]
United States1958-05-28Washington DC(Hand-written) cachet on coverVanguard-SLV1 launch [failed]
1958-06-26: Vanguard-SLV2 [failed]
No launch cover images available yet
1958-09-26: Vanguard-SLV3 [failed]
No launch cover images available yet
1959-02-17: Vanguard-2
United States1959-02-17Port Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverVanguard-2 launch (Vanguard-1 depicted)
United States1959-02-17Patrick AFB, FL(H. Flick) cachet on (airmail) coverVanguard-2 launch
United States1959-02-17Port Canaveral FL(Printed) cachet (different) on coverVanguard-2 launch
Vanguard-2 (anniversaries)
United States2009-02-17Cape Canaveral FL(Mission 57) cachet on cover, also back50th anniv. Vanguard-2 launch
1959-04-13: Vanguard-SLV5 [failed]
No launch cover images available yet
1959-06-22: Vanguard-SLV6 [failed]
No launch cover images available yet
1959-09-18: Vanguard-3
United Nations1959-09-18UN New York(UN) cachet on coverVanguard-3 launch (mis-spelled "Vanguardd" in text)
United States1959-09-18Port Canaveral FL(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on coverVanguard-3 launch
United States1959-09-18Port Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on (airmail) coverVanguard-3 launch
United States1959-09-18Port Canaveral FL(Zaso) cachet on (airmail) coverVanguard-3 launch
United States1959-09-18Patrick AFB, FL(Highway Stamp Club) cachet on coverVanguard-3 launch
United States1959-09-18Patrick AFB, FL(H. Flick) cachet on coverVanguard-3 launch
United States1959-09-18Patrick AFB, FL(H. Flick) cachet on (airmail) coverVanguard-3 launch
Vanguard-3 (anniversaries)
United States2009-09-18Cape Canaveral FL(Mission 57) cachet on cover, also back50th anniv. Vanguard-3 launch
Vanguard (on other than Vanguard launch covers)
United States1958-03-26Patrick AFB, FL(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on Explorer-3 launch cover"Vanguard-3" (in text)
United States1958-07-26Patrick AFB, FL(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on Explorer-4 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1959-02-28Lompoc CA(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on Discoverer-1 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1959-04-13Lompoc CA(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on Discoverer-2 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1959-10-13Port Canaveral FL(Photo) cachet on Explorer-7 launch picture postcardVanguard-2
United States1959-11-07Vandenberg AFB, CA(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on Discoverer-7 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1960-11-12Vandenberg AFB, CA(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on Discoverer-17 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1961-08-03Vandenberg AFB, CA(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on Discoverer-28 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1961-10-21Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on MIDAS-4 launch coverVanguard-3
United States1963-02-14Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial dark-blue earth) cachet on Syncom-1 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1964-01-21Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial yellow earth) cachet on coverVanguard-2
United States1964-03-19Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Centennial black rocket, type 1) cachet on Explorer-S66 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1964-03-19Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Centennial black rocket, type-1) cachet (same) on Explorer-S66 launch cover
United States1964-12-21Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Centennial) cachet on Explorer-26 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1964-12-21Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Centennial) cachet on Explorer-26 launch cover
United States1965-07-24Cape Canaveral FL(Printed) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch cover, also annotatedVanguard-3
United States1965-11-19Wallops Island VA(Centennial black rocket, type-1) cachet on Explorer-30 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1966-08-17Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial black rocket, type-1) cachet on Pioneer-7 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1966-08-17Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial green rocket, type-1) cachet on Pioneer-7 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1967-07-01Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial orange rocket, type-1) cachet on IDCSP-16/19 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1967-11-05Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial orange earth) cachet on ATS-3 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1967-11-06Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Centennial orange earth) cachet on ATS-3 launch cover
United States1967-11-06Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Centennial orange earth) cachet on ATS-3 launch cover
United States1968-01-11Vandenberg AFB, CA(Centennial brown rocket, type-2 and black text) cachet on Explorer-36 (GEOS-2) launch coverVanguard-2
United States1968-08-16Vandenberg AFB, CA(Centennial black rocket, type-1) cachet on OV5-8 and LCS-3 and SECOR-11/12 and 10 others [failed] launch coverVanguard-2
United States1969-01-22Kennedy Space Center FL(Centennial red rocket, type-2 and black typed) cachet on OSO-5 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1969-06-21Vandenberg AFB, CA(Centennial red rocket, type-1) cachet on Explorer-41 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1969-08-28Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial yellow earth) cachet on Pioneer-E and TETR-3 [failed] launch coverVanguard-2
United States1969-04-13Vandenberg AFB, CA(Centennial brown rocket, type-2 and black text) cachet on Nimbus-3 and SECOR-13 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1971-02-03Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial gray earth) cachet on NATO-2B launch coverVanguard-2
United States1972-01-31Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Centennial gray rocket, type-2 and red text) cachet on HEOS-2 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1972-03-24Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Centennial black rocket, type 1) cachet on DMSP-5B-F2 launch coverVanguard-2
United States1973-01-31Redstone Arsenal AL(MoF no.3) insert from Explorer-1 anniversary cover, also insert back and cover"Project Vanguard"
United States1976-03-16Auburn MA(GSFC Stamp Club printed) cachet on 50th anniv. first liquid fuel rocket flight/launch cover"Vanguard-1"
United States1978-05-20GSFC, MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same design as immediately above) on Pioneer-12 launch cover"Vanguard-1"
United States1978-10-24GSFC, MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on Nimbus-7 and CAMEO launch cover"Vanguard-1"
United States1983-01-25Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet (same) on IRAS and PIX-2 launch cover"Vanguard-1"


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