1969-vintage space food packagesApollo 11 Space Food (Five Packages) in Original Display from the Packaging Company with 1969 Letter of Transmittal. A 25" x 18" x 2" cardboard display containing the following space food items, identical to the ones that flew on the Apollo 11 mission: (1) Apricot Cereal Cubes; (2) Strawberry Cereal Cubes; (3) Pineapple-Grapefruit Drink; (4) Beef Pot Roast; and (5) Peaches. Included in the display is an interesting 5.5" x 8.5" booklet titled "Feeding America's Astronauts. Apollo 11. U.S. Mission to the Moon" which includes the complete history of space food and the details of how these were prepared and packaged. All of this was produced by the Philip Morris subsidiary Milprint Inc. Included is a signed letter of transmittal dated July 24, 1969, from the vice president of Philip Morris to the original recipient explaining how Milprint developed the packaging used in NASA's space mission food (full transcription on our website). This is the first one of these we've seen and it would certainly look fabulous in a shadow-box frame on the wall along with your Space collection. Light wear, fine.
Transcript of Letter:
"We at Philip Morris are very pleased that our U. S. astronauts on the historical Apollo 11 mission were able to enjoy good food due to the special food packaging materials developed for NASA solely by Milprint Inc., one of our subsidiaries.
"Milprint alone was found to be capable of producing this essential material for the food packages from which the astronauts dined during the Apollo 11 mission and all other NASA space missions. Milprint is now using this and other sophisticated materials to satisfy specialized consumer packaging requirements.
"This space food kit which we have sent to you contains samples of the actual Apollo 11 food in the authentic Milprint space food packaging material, with individual items identified just as they are marked for the astronauts. We believe you will find fascinating details of the flight to the moon in the enclosed booklet.
"We believe Milprint's role in the space feeding program for the astronauts characterizes the quality and dependability of all Philip Morris products."
"We hope you and your family enjoy this space food kit."
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