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    Obtained at the White House, November 6, 1969

    Apollo 11 Crew-Signed "First Man on the Moon" First Day Cover. An Art Craft philatelic cover with a single stamp (Scott #C76) tied to the cover with the dual Washington DC/ Moon Landing U S A "First Day of Issue" cancellation dated September 9, 1969. It is signed in black ink: "Neil Armstrong", "Buzz Aldrin", and "M Collins" around the cancellations. These autographs were obtained in person by a White House Police Officer on the morning after the three astronauts and their wives spent the night in the White House at the invitation of President Richard Nixon. That information has been handwritten on the verso of the 10.5" x 8" frame in which this cover is handsomely presented: "Envelope autographed personally, at the White House for Officer [deleted], White House Police, by astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins, after they spent the night at the White House. November 6, 1969". Included with this lot is a 10" x 8" B&W photo reprint of Nixon with the three astronauts on the White House lawn, taken November 5, 1969. A very desirable Art Craft cachet and with unusually specific and important provenance. Excellent.

    President Nixon invited the Apollo 11 to the White House on their return from their Global Goodwill Tour. This tour emphasized the willingness of the United States to share its space knowledge. It carried the Apollo 11 astronauts and their wives to twenty-four countries and twenty-seven cities in forty-five days. The text of his welcoming remarks follow:

    "It is my privilege to speak for all of the American people in expressing the heartfelt thanks of this nation to the Armstrongs, the Aldrins, and the Collinses for what I think is the most successful goodwill trip in the history of the United States of America.

    "We have noted from the press the magnificent receptions they have received all over the world, in Asia, in Africa, in Latin America, and in Europe. We know that the crowd gathered here on the White House lawn is not as large as some you have seen, but the hearts of the American people are here, and through us, we are trying to indicate to you our appreciation, not only for what you did in your travel to the moon, but also what you did for the cause of peace and better understanding through your travel on this earth.

    "Certainly the first men ever to land on the moon have demonstrated that they are the best possible ambassadors America could have on this earth.

    "Finally, I do know that over these past few weeks you had long hours, many speeches, lots of entertainment, and lots of protocol. I think those listening here and on television and radio would be interested to know what the plans are for the rest of the day.

    "We have invited our astronauts and their wives to come to the White House, spend the afternoon and the evening, a quiet dinner, and spend the night. We think that after all they have done publicly, it is time that they had an evening by themselves and why not in 'everybody's house,' the White House of the United States of America."

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