Arthur Bergen – Space Covers

★☆★☆★☆ [UPDATED AUG 2021] Arthur Bergen space covers ☆★☆★☆★

Arthur Bergen made commemorative space covers for at least 6 different ELDO rocket launches from Woomera (South Australia) between 1966-1969, as well as for the Wresat satellite in 1967, some Skylark events, for at least the Apollo 11-16 events from 1969-1972, plus more. He also had some space covers, air letters & aerogrammes serviced at the British Forces Post Office (BFPO) in Adelaide during the 1960s/1970s. I’d be interested to know if Arthur Bergen made covers for any of the earliest ELDO events (F1 & F2 in 1964, F3 in 1965), or any of the Sparta launches, Black Arrow launches, etc. It seems likely because he was very active during this period but I have not seen any yet.

WANTED: I’m sure there are many Arthur Bergen space covers that I don’t have as well as colour combinations & variations etc. I’d love to hear from anyone who can help !

Skylark ‘IGY Rocket Week’ – 18th Jun 1958:


ELDO F4 Launch – 24th May 1966:


ELDO F5 Launch – 15th Nov 1966:


ELDO F6/1 Launch – 4th Aug 1967:


Wresat Satellite Launch – 29th Nov 1967:


ELDO F6/2 Launch – 9th Dec 1967:


OTC Earth Station Opening Moree NSW – 29th Mar 1968:


ELDO F7 Launch – 30th Nov 1968:


Skylark SL781 Launch – 21st Jan 1969:


ELDO F8 Launch – 3rd Jul 1969:


Apollo 11 Moon Landing – 21st Jul 1969:


Apollo 11 – English (?) covers serviced at BFPO (Adelaide) – 21st Jul 1969:

Most of these covers are signed on the reverse by Arthur Bergen. Variations exist with the BFPO stamp in black/pink/blue.


Apollo 12 Moon Landing – 19th Nov 1969:


Apollo 13 Splashdown – 18th Apr 1970:


Apollo 14 Moon Landing – 5th Feb 1971:


Apollo 14 Splashdown – 9th Feb 1971:


Apollo 15 Moon Landing – 31st Jul 1971:


Apollo 15 Splashdown – 3rd Aug 1971:


Black Arrow 3 / ‘Prospero’ Satellite – 28th Oct 1971:


Apollo 16 Moon Landing – 21st Apr 1972:


Visiting Astronaut Jack Swigert (Apollo 13) – 3rd May 1972: