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    From "The Astronauts"

    Mercury Seven Astronauts: Photo Signed by All. A 10" x 8" matte finish B&W photo of our nation's first astronauts seated at a table examining a Mercury Atlas model. This photo was taken on April 30, 1959, at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Alan Shepard has penned a very interesting inscription at the top right corner, "To Larry Jackson from/ The Astronauts -". They have each signed in the lower margin using the early, formal versions of their autographs (before nicknames, etc.): "Alan B Shepard Jr", "Walter M. Schirra Jr", "John H. Glenn, Jr.", "Virgil I. Grissom", "M. Scott Carpenter", "Donald K. Slayton", and "Leroy G. Cooper, Jr". Soiling affecting the signatures as well as some creasing, curling, and edge damage, very good. Still, a very desirable photo signed by seven American heroes. From the Daniel J. King Collection.

    There are some interesting contemporary notes in an unknown hand on the verso of this photo noting that "Shepard made the 1st trip" and "Grissom 2nd". As to Glenn, he was "3rd but 1st around the universe [sic]. Col. Glenn made his 3 trips around the universe on Feb 20, 1962". At that early date, it must have seemed to a lot of people that we were orbiting the entire universe instead of just the Earth!


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