First man on the moon's early interest in aeronautics.Neil Armstrong's Childhood Toy Airplane and Signed Photo of his Family Home at 601 W. Benton Street in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Of all the Neil Armstrong-related lots we've had the privilege to offer through the years, this one stands out as one of the most interesting and unique. Neil Armstrong's family moved to a house at the above address in 1944 and stayed there until 1964 when they sold the home to the Miller family. This family found some interesting items in the attic that the Armstrongs had left behind. This includes some of Neil's school work (see following lots) and this very cool red metal toy airplane, 9.5" x 7". By testimony of Neil's mother Viola (see letter text below), it was one that Neil and his little brother Dean played with as a child. From a very young age, Neil had a fascination with airplanes that would influence his entire career and life. How appropriate that he played with them at a young age. Also in this amazing lot is a 7" x 5" B&W photo of his family home on Benton. The Miller's daughter Jacqueline, as a friend of his parents, got him to sign it during his Wapakoneta homecoming celebration (see letter text below). He has not only signed: "Neil Armstrong" but also has written the address of the house: "601 W. Benton". A very rare opportunity. Photo has a crease and toy is quite worn as expected from a child's well-loved toy.
Included with this lot are two handwritten Letters of Authenticity from Jacqueline (Miller) Knapke explaining the history of these two items. The first, in full: "In July 1964 my parents purchased the home on 601 W. Benton St., Wapakoneta, Ohio from Steve & Viola Armstrong. After moving in we found these items in the attic of the home. We also found a red wagon that belonged to Neil Armstrong but we donated it to the museums in Wapakoneta. Mrs. V. Armstrong verified at that time that the wagon and this airplane was Neil's and that he and his brother played with it. Jacqueline A. Knapke 1-31-13"
The second letter, in full: "The Akron Beacon Journal gave us a 5 x 7 photo of the Armstrong house they had taken. I knew Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong personally. After the Welcoming Home parade I took this 5 x7 photo to their home on Neil Armstrong Dr. to have Neil autograph it. There were TV trucks and security people everywhere along with yellow tape marking off their house. I walked up to a gentleman at the end of the sidewalk and showed him this photo of the house on 601 W. Benton St. and asked him if I could have Neil autograph it for me as he used to live in that home. He took the photo and pretty soon Mrs. Armstrong came to the door and said, "Jackie, come on in honey." I walked in the front door, on into the kitchen where Neil was standing and he started talking with me about the house. He then autographed it - Neil Armstrong 601 W. Benton. Jacqueline A. Knapke 1-31-13".
Also included is a copy of the warranty deed regarding the 1964 purchase of the home from the Armstrongs by the Millers.
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