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Gus Grissom and Al Worden: Handwritten Birthday Wishes to Jay Rathmann, Directly from the Jim Rathmann Collection. ...

2012 November 2 Space Exploration Signature Auction - Dallas #6082

 
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Auction Ended On: Nov 2, 2012
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Location: Heritage Auctions
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Dallas, TX 75219

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"I was busy making the first flight in the Gemini space program..."
Gus Grissom and Al Worden: Handwritten Birthday Wishes to Jay Rathmann, Directly from the Jim Rathmann Collection. A great and historical item. One page, 7.75" x 9.75", removed from a book, not dated. On one side, astronaut Al Worden has written: "Jay-/ Be a Good/ Fellow. All the Best/ Wishes for the Future./ Al Worden". On the other side, original Mercury Seven astronaut Gus Grissom has written:

"Jay, this is to wish you a belated/ 'Happy Birthday.' On your birthday I was/ was busy making the first flight in/ the Gemini space program in my spaceship/ 'Molly Brown.' Two of the last people I/ talked to before the flight and two who helped/ me celebrate the success after the flight were/ your Mom & Dad, who are two of my closest friends./ You have great parents, be a great guy. [signed] Gus".

A wonderful and unique mention of Gemini 3, the first two-man flight of the U.S. space program. Some staining on the Grissom side but totally beneath the handwritten letter. Overall fine condition.

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