Razor and shave cream flown to the moon on Apollo 12.Apollo 12 Flown Razor and Shave Cream on Plaque Presented by the Crew to Support Crew Member Paul Weitz, Directly from his Personal Collection, Certified and Signed. A unique piece showing the humorous camaraderie between mission crews and their backup and support personnel. A 10.5" x 9" x 0.75" wooden plaque to which is mounted: a used Gillette Techmatic razor, 4.5" long, with original blade and a piece of Velcro attached to the back of the handle; a partially-used tube of K-34 Gillette Brushless Shave Cream, 6.25" long, also with a piece of Velcro attached to the back; and an engraved 3.75" x 2" metal plate with the text "Presented To/ CDR. PAUL J. WEITZ, USN/ By the Crew of Apollo XII/ To remind you what we were doing during our trip to the Ocean of Storms, Moon, November 1969, when we finally heard your voice." Extremely fine condition.
Apollo 12 was the second manned lunar landing mission, November 14-24, 1969, landing in the Ocean of Storms near where several previous unmanned missions had set down (Luna 5, Surveyor 3, and Ranger 7). The crew consisted of Commander Charles Conrad, Jr., Command Module Pilot Richard F. Gordon, Jr., and Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean. Paul Weitz was a member of the earth Support Crew.
Weitz has certified this plaque near the bottom, "From my personal collection/ Paul Weitz".
Weitz explains the meaning behind the plaque inscription in a handwritten and signed Letter of Certification on his personal letterhead that accompanies this lot. It states: "To whom it may concern- This razor and shave cream were flown on the highly successful mission of Apollo 12, and were presented to me by the crew. I was a planning shift CapCom for this mission, and I spent most of my time on console while the crew was sleeping during Trans Lunar Coast. I finally got to make a wakeup call one day, but as usual, they were already awake and going about their morning activities. This item has been in my possession ever since, and is from my personal collection of space artifacts."
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