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    Mercury Seven Astronauts Signed First Day Covers. Two first day covers, each 6.5" x 3.75", postmarked "Feb 20, 1962". First cover is signed: "Alan Shepard", "Gus Grissom" (autopen), and "John Glenn". The second cover is signed: "John Glenn", "Wally Schirra", "Scott Carpenter", "Gordon Cooper", and "Donald Slayton". Both envelopes postmarked "CAPE CANAVERAL FLA. FEB 20 3:30PM 1962", with 4-cent stamps on each, showing orbiting Mercury 7 space capsule and "PROJECT MERCURY", with "FIRST DAY OF ISSUE" stamped beneath. One envelope shows vignette of space vehicle take-off in color on left side with inset image of John Glenn, with "HONORING PROJECT MERCURY" at top, "ASTRONAUT LT. COL. JOHN H. GLENN U.S. ORBITAL FLIGHT FEB. 20 1962" below, and "first day of issue" at bottom. Light stains on verso of each envelope along glue lines. Accompanied by a NASA color photo postcard, 7" x 5", showing the first seven astronauts chosen for the Mercury project posed in space suits, with brief description and names printed on verso. Near fine condition.

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    October, 2008
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