NASA Astronaut Group Two: Large Color Photo on Mat Signed by All, Directly from the Personal Collection of Astronaut Ed White ... (Total: 2 Items)
These brave former fighter and test pilots did have a sense of humor though. Included in this lot is an original 4.25" x 5.25" B&W Polaroid photo from this same photography session where, instead of looking at the camera and smiling like they were instructed, all nine are looking away in various directions. Neil Armstrong's pose is particularly noteworthy as his head is tilted back and his mouth wide open as he looks up into space.
Included with this lot is a signed certificate of authenticity from Ed White III (his son) stating: "This autographed photograph of the second group of nine Astronauts selected by NASA on September 17, 1962, is an extremely rare piece of Space Memorabilia. As indicated by the included copy of a letter from my Father in 1963, very few Group 2 photographs were signed by all nine of the astronauts. In addition, Elliot See was killed in a plane crash in February, 1966, eliminating any further Group 2 autographed items of any kind. My father hand inscribed this photograph titling it the 'Second Generation' and he also added the date of their selection by NASA. I believe is the only time he ever did this. This Group 2 photo was taken by LIFE Magazine for an upcoming issue and they also took a candid 'outtake' photo, which has never been published. This candid photo is included in this sale along with the autographed Group 2 photo. My father placed this autographed photo in the center of his study wall where it remained until it was loaned to the Ed White Youth Center in Seabrook, Texas, in 1972. It remained on display there until the Youth Center was closed in 2007. After being returned it was restored using the original LIFE photo as it appeared in the magazine. This is the final autographed Group 2 photo owned by the Edward H. White II Estate and the only one hand inscribed by my father."
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