DescriptionNASA Archive of Early Material, Gathered by a Member of the Press. A rare opportunity to bid on a box full of memorabilia gathered by a Mrs. Jacobs who worked for Western Union Press Coverage in Florida and was on hand covering the earliest flights from Cape Canaveral. A particularly appealing lot for the Space historian or philatelist. There is too much to enumerate or photograph, but the listings below will give you an idea of what's included.
Alan Shepard: A binder full of original vintage material, including the following: an 8" x 10" NASA color litho print, the business suit pose, signed in blue ink "Alan B Shepard Jr"; approximately two dozen period newspaper clippings relating to his flight; separate Alan and Louise Shepard typed letters signed in facsimile; and twenty-five 8" x 10" B&W glossy photos. These photos trace his mission from planning stages to splashdown and rescue, 1960-1961. Particularly interesting are a series of six photos taken from the helicopter as Shepard is being hoisted up from his floating Freedom 7 space capsule. Photos very fine or better, most time-stamped and all with printed or glued captions on the verso. Newspaper articles are lightly toned.
Gus Grissom: An amazing archive of vintage material housed in another binder, includes the following: a handwritten and signed 1961 letter on Project Mercury letterhead from Betty Grissom thanking Mrs. Jacobs for a photo she sent; twelve original and never-published 3.5" x 5" color snapshots taken at the MR-4 press conference, several showing Grissom, Shepard, or James Webb; an original "Spacecraft Communications" transcript dated July 21, 1961; a telegram from LBJ to Grissom reading, in part "It was 'Go Gus' all the way today!"; several period newspaper articles; telegrams from Mrs. Jacobs to her family regarding the launch; and forty-five incredible 8" x 10" B&W glossy NASA photos, all with printed captions on the verso. These photos are all dated in July 1961 and cover Grissom as he prepares for the mission through to him on the recovery ship. Photo numbers range from 61-MR4-10 to 61-MR4-107. An amazing collection; many of these images are not familiar to us. All photos very fine or better, other material fine.
Unmanned Launch Covers: Approximately eighteen launch covers dated between August 25, 1961, and March 21, 1965, several with real photo cachets, including the following: Saturn C-1, Patrick AFB, October 27, 1961; Discoverer No. 34, Vandenberg AFB, November 5, 1961; Ranger II, Patrick AFB, November 18, 1961; Titan, Patrick AFB, January 30, 1962; Tiros IV, Patrick AFB, February 8, 1962; Gemini GT-1, Cape Canaveral, April 8, 1964; Gemini GT-2, Cape Canaveral, January 19, 1965; and Ranger 9, Cape Canaveral, March 21, 1965. All fine or better.
Animal Launch Covers: Air Force Mercury Atlas E SPURT, Patrick AFB, November 10, 1961 (failure); and Mercury Atlas 5, Patrick AFB, November 29, 1961 (Enos the Chimp), both with photo cachets. Very fine.
Manned Mission Covers: Approximately seventy-five covers, a combination of launch, recovery, special event, and first day varieties, dated between June 28, 1961, and March 16, 1966, including the following: Liberty Bell 7, July 21, 1961, four different "Ships on Station" cancellations with real photo cachets (quite rare); Freedom 7, February 20, 1962, fourteen launch/ first day and four later special event covers; Aurora 7, May 24, 1962, one launch and two later event covers; Sigma 7, October 3, 1962, twenty-four Orbit launch covers; Faith 7, May 16, 1963, seven Orbit launch covers; Gemini 3, March 23, 1965, eight Orbit launch covers; Gemini 7, December 4, 1965, four Orbit launch covers; and Gemini 8, March 16, 1966, four Orbit launch covers. All fine or better.
Saturn I C-1 Launch: An exceptional group of photos and press material relating to the development and the historic launch of the first test flight, on October 27, 1961, of America's first heavy-lift space rocket. Fine or better.
Space History: A 2.25" tall stack of original NASA and Cape Canaveral material from the early 1960s. Too much to list individually but a few highlights include: a fabulous 8" x 10" B&W NASA glossy of the chimp Enos; a Cape tourist magazine signed by Shorty Powers; a group of B&W snapshots related to Gordon Cooper's return to the Cape; twenty or more color astronaut and NASA-related period postcards; several astronaut photos and litho prints; a black-bordered thank you card from Jacqueline Kennedy; and a DoD illustrated book about their support of Gemini 3. Also, a group of miscellaneous personal correspondence, telegrams, some of which is related to collecting early Space covers- price lists, etc. Generally fine or better.
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