Fantastic collection of seven circa 1960 autograph notes signed by the original seven Mercury astronauts to their survival instructor, penned on individual off-white cards ranging in size from 5 x 2 to 5 x 3. The notes and signatures read as follows: "To M/Sgt 'Hank Erben, in thanks for the fine info, Virgil I. Grissom, Capt. USAF"; "To Sgt. Erbem with very best wishes and thanks for the very fine survival instruction, M. Scott Carpenter, 'Mercury Astronaut'"; "Best wishes & many thanks to M/Sgt. Erben for a very fine survival course, Donald K. Slayton, Mercury Astronaut"; "To Hank Erben with appreciation for your help in our training program, Alan B. Shepard, Jr., Cdr. US Navy, Mercury Astronaut, 7/13/60"; "To my friend M/Sgt 'Hank' Erben, with best wishes and many thanks for all the 'hot dope,' John H. Glenn, Jr., Lt. Col. USMC, Mercury Astronaut"; "Very best wishes to Sgt. Hank Erben and many thanks for all his help in Project Mercury Desert Survival Training, Leroy S. Cooper, Capt. USAF, Mercury Astronaut"; and "To M/Sgt Hank Erben—Thanks for the great briefing—the snake bit was tops, in fact, you scared me and I'm fearless! Walter M. Schirra, Jr." In fine condition, with the Grissom and Carpenter cards trimmed in size. A decidedly unique, early collection of sought-after autographs from the Mercury 7, made all the more desirable by their association with survival training.
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