Nancy A. Pope, Curator of Postal Operations
Smithsonian National Postal Museum
The National Postal Museum
is located in the old Post
Office building next to Union
Station in Washington, D.C.
The museum is open seven
days a week from 10 a.m. to
5:30 p.m., except December 25.
Admission is free.
[The Soviets will be]
dropping bombs on us
from space like kids
dropping rocks onto
cars from freeway
Lyndon B. Johnson,
US Senate Majority Leader, 1957
Lt. Cdr. Carlos Dew, Captain of
the USS Barbero and
Summerfield watch as the
Regulus I missile mail is loaded
aboard the submarine.
One of the two
Regulus I missile
containers used on the
June 8, 1959 flight.
Summerfield, flanked by Navy Capt.
Arnold Schade, Lt. Cdr. Carlos
Drew, and Deputy Postmaster General
Postmaster General Summerfield and Deputy
Postmaster General Sessions
Front and back of
one of the missile
I have been collecting First Day
Covers for the past 10 years . . .
Being a taxpayer and financing in
part, at least, this historic firing, I
feel that I should be given the
opportunity to obtain one of the
First Day Covers along with the
other 2,999 people.
John Gagliardi, Lyndhurst, NJ
I have enclosed 20 cents
to purchase one of these
covers. If that is too
much money, please
keep the rest as my
donation to the efforts.
David Skerry, Medford, MA
My good friend Arthur
Godfrey tells me he is quite
sure if I write you
personally, I would get one.
Wm. C. Notmeyer, San Francisco, CA
I believe we will see Missile Mail developed to a
significant degree before man has reached the moon.
Guided missiles may ultimately provide a solution to
problems of swifter mail delivery for international
mails, as well as a supplementary high-priority service to
big population areas.
Arthur E. Summerfield, Postmaster General
June 6, 1959