Morris Beck Space Mission Rubber Stamps
(from Owen Murray's 'Morris W. Beck US Navy Covers')

Beck Applied the Round Space Rubber Stamp After Space Flights to Any Cover Sent to Him by Collectors...Beck also sold the Rubber Stamps to collectors or dealers. See Ad at below.

Note the small maroon, red or blue rubber stamp that was applied to collector's envelopes after the space flight was over.

Collectors wishing to have this rubber stamp applied to covers, sent their covers with SASE to Mr. Beck.

Mr. Beck applied the rubber stamp and returned the covers to the collectors using their SASE.

Mr. Beck offered this service to all space collectors who wanted it applied to their covers. Beck would apply the rubber stamp to other cachet maker's envelopes if the collector sent him the cover after the flight.

Because the small rubber stamps contain specific flight details we know that these small rubber stamps were applied after the space flight and not before by Mr. Beck.

Mr. Beck started selling the rubber stamps with GT-3.

We don't think Mr. Beck kept any records of how many covers he applied this small rubber stamp to, but it must be a small number for each flight.

We also now know that Mr. Beck sold the small rubber stamps to some collectors and dealers that wanted to apply the design to their own covers. We are aware of at least one dealer still owning the rubber stamps. That means that there are many covers with this added design and that not all were applied by Mr. Beck.
Owen Murray

Examples from my collection

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