DescriptionSpace Shuttle: Olympus OM-1 Camera Body Modified for NASA, One of Five Made. A black 35mm single-lens reflex camera body with no leatherette applied (but included). The OM-1 was originally introduced in 1973 and became one of the most popular cameras of its type in the world. This is a special modified body and obtained from the collection of the gentleman who had it made for NASA as explained in the letter of provenance transcribed below. Never used, mint.
Included is a letter signed by Terry L. Walpole, dated May 28, 2009, stating, in full: "OLYMPUS OM-1 CAMERA BODY FACTORY MODIFIED FOR NASA. Years ago, I was a sales manager for Ponder & Best, the original marketer and distributor for Olympus Photo products in the U.S. We introduced the OM Series of Cameras to the US market. While Olympus subsequently went direct and, P&B became Vivitar, prior to that I worked with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to supply 35 mm cameras to the Goddard Space Flight Center for the Shuttle Missions, We had the Olympus factory modify 5 OM bodies with special, non-outgassing paints and lubricants, supplied by NASA, and the leatherette was not installed.. Three were delivered to Goddard, one went to the P&B product Manager and I retained one. The camera has never had film put through it, and is in mint condition. I have the leatherette, but no focusing screen as the camera was to be used in the mirror-locked mode."
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