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Scarce copy of Mechanix Illustrated magazine from September 1945, 6.5 x 9.5, 162 pages, with the front cover featuring a brilliant color depiction of a large rocket with workers and spotlights all around, text in lower left reading: "16 Pages In Full Color—Rocket To The Moon." The magazine is highlighted by an article by acclaimed science writer Willy Ley entitled "Rocket to the Moon," with…

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TLS, one page, 7.25 x 10.75, personal letterhead, September 11, 1952. Letter to Donald D. Jackson, editor of the University of Illinois Press, in full: "Just back from a short lecture jaunt to Chicago (where I addressed the American Rocket Society and Standard Oil's Whiting Science Club), I find your letter of September 5 in the mails. If you feel that the use of the technical metric system i…

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Handwritten note in pencil by von Braun, unsigned, one page, 4 x 5.5, Army Ballistic Missile Agency letterhead, June 23, [1958]. Von Braun responds to a "disposition form" submitted by Ernst Stuhlinger, concerning the proposed "Project Adam." Von Braun's response, in full: "I discussed this with Gen. Medaris and he suggests strongly to drop 'Adam' (as such) completely and convert it i…

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World War II-era aluminum and red enamel worker's access badge for the Peenemunde Army Research Center, measuring approximately 1.5 x 1.75, marked as number "361," with text around the perimeter, "Heeresversuchsstelle, Peenemunde." A German eagle and swastika are depicted at the bottom. Displayed in a small metal frame. In very good to fine condition, with general wear. Peenemunde was the sec…

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TLS, one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, April 19, 1962. Letter to Kenneth Heuer, the senior Science editor at the Macmillan Company, in full: "Thank you very much for your recent letter and kind invitation to collaborate with Willy Ley in writing a book on Astronautics of the 20th Century. Frankly, there is no subject I would rather write on nor anyone I would rather co-author with than Willy. …

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Two items: an ALS, one page, lightly lined, 7.75 x 10.5, February 10 [no year], addressed to "Dennis," in part: "The XS-1 program, being the first 'Military' test program, where 'blue suiters' were doing the test flying, was not limited by money, materials or physical fitness. It was limited by technology and the value of human life. That's pretty simple so it seems, but remem…

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Gordon Cooper's personally owned Project Mercury brochure published at the NASA Langley Research Center in April 1959, four pages, 8 x 10.5, vertically signed on the first page to the right of their respective images in blue ballpoint by each member of the Mercury 7 crew: "Malcolm S. Carpenter," "Leroy G. Cooper, Jr.," "John H. Glenn, Jr.," "Virgil I. Grissom," "Walter M. Schirra, Jr.," "Alan…

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Remarkable vintage glossy 9 x 7 black and white photo of the Mercury 7 posing with rocket and capsule models during their introductory press conference on April 9, 1959, signed in various ink types, "Wally Schirra," "Alan Shepard," "Gus Grissom," "D. K. Slayton," "John Glenn," "Scott Carpenter," and "Gordon Cooper." Upper border of photo annotated by an unknown hand in black ink, "U. S. Govt: 5, …

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Two items: a TLS signed "M. S. Carpenter," one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, October 30, 1962, in part: "Please accept my thanks, on behalf of the many thousands of people who contributed to the success of the mission, for your interest in Project Mercury. Although many are directly involved in each of our assults [sic] on the frontier of space, it is the interest and support of the people tha…

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TLS signed “M. Scott Carpenter,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, February 2, 1962. Letter to Clara Biondi, an eighth grade student in Connecticut, responding to her several questions. In part: "I volunteered for this assignment because first of all, it's not as dangerous as it might seem and because I think it's the greatest opportunity to advance man's knowledge that…

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Official color satin-finish 8 x 10 red-numbered NASA photo of Cooper posing with a model in his silver Mercury space suit, signed in red felt tip. Reverse bears "Kodak Professional" watermarks and black NASA caption text. In fine condition. From The Bill Lende Collection.

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TLS signed “J. H. Glenn, Jr.,” one page, 7.75 x 10.5, personal NASA/Friendship 7 letterhead, April 17, 1962. Letter to Harry T. McMullan, in full: "Thank you for your interest and thoughtfulness in writing about the flight of the Friendship 7 spacecraft and for enclosing a token of appreciation. Many things were learned from this and from the earlier flights of Alan Shepard and Gus Gr…

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TLS signed “J. H. Glenn, Jr.,” one page, 7.75 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, stamp-dated November 5, 1962. Letter to Joan Rosenfeld, in full: "Thank you for your letter and I am sure you are aware that the volume of mail received has been overwhelming, which makes reading alone a formidable task to say the least. In addition, our nation's accelerated space program is placing increasing …

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TLS signed “J. H. Glenn, Jr.,” one page, 8 x 9, NASA letterhead, June 25, 1963. Letter to John Dominick, in full: "I was very glad to have had a note from your Dad and was pleased to know that you are enthusiastic about the space program. I can assure you it is most interesting from where we sit, also! I have enclosed some literature regarding our flights which you may find interestin…

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Three items: a TLS signed "J. H. Glenn, Jr., one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, June 1963, a letter addressed to Forrest E. Cook, in part: "I have received over 100,000 letters since my orbital flight, and I am just now beginning to get caught up on my correspondence. My family and I are enjoying our new home in Texas, but we certainly missed the real winter weather as pictured on your card"; a…

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Very early TLS signed “Virgil I. Grissom,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, August 4, 1961. Letter to Thomas H. Scullion, in full: "Thank you for your congratulations and thoughtfulness. The people of the United States, indeed the entire free world, are very happy and proud because of our successful space flight. Project Mercury is planning for more flights in the future. Let us h…

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TLS signed “Virgil I. Grissom,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, April 12, 1962. Letter to William V. Leavy, in full: "Thank you for your congratulations and thoughtfulness. Your reaction as a fellow American has been most heart-warming to me. I am very proud to have been a part of this step in our space program. I am happy to send a photograph as you have requested." In fine cond…

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Two early items: a TLS signed "Walter M. Schirra, Jr.," one page, 7.75 x 10, Project Mercury letterhead, October 16, 1961, to Miss Marquita Park, in part: "Thank you for your note and for your interest in our project. I have enclosed the photograph you requested and hope this is satisfactory. I am honored that you wish to add my photograph to your collection"; and an official vintage glossy 7.75 …

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TLS signed “Walter M. Schirra, Jr.,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, December 7, 1962. Letter to Marshall E. Bean, in part: "I was glad to know of your interest in our space efforts. It has occurred to me that you might wish to have copies of illustrated booklets on the flights of Astronauts Glenn and Carpenter. We do not yet have a book ready for distribution on the Sigma 7 flig…

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TLS signed “Alan B. Shepard, Jr.,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, May 31, 1961. Letter to Reverend W. Frederick Addison, in full: "Thank you for your congratulations and thoughtfulness. The people of the United States, indeed the entire free world, are very happy and proud because of our successful space flight. Project Mercury is planning for more flights in the future. Let us …

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ALS signed “Donald K. Slayton, Capt. USAF,” two pages, 8 x 10.5, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Space Task Group letterhead, no date but circa September 1959-June 1960. Letter to "Helene," answering several questions. In part: "1. The reason all pilots selected were married with at least one child is that all are over 33 years of age. The average American male of this …

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Two early items: a TLS signed "Donald K. Slayton," one page, 7.75 x 10, Project Mercury letterhead, October 2, 1961, to Miss Marquita Park, in part: "It is always a pleasure to hear from persons such as yourself who show such an interest in our project. I have enclosed an autographed photograph, as you requested"; and an official vintage glossy 7.5 x 10 black and white publicity photo, signed and…

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Group of six Mercury-related books, including two uncommon official NASA softcover books: This New Ocean: A History of Project Mercury, 6.75 x 9.75, 681 pages, published by NASA in 1966 as part of their Historical Series; and Project Mercury: A Chronology, NASA SP-4001, 7.75 x 10.25, 238 pages, published by NASA in 1963. In overall very good to fine condition, with noticeable wear and chipping to…

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Collection of more than 20 items signed by notable NASA personnel involved in Project Mercury, plus two X-15 pilots, sent to Marquita Park in the early 1960s, consisting of signed photos, letters, and signatures, several inscribed, including: Chris Kraft (SP), Robert Gilruth (SP, with transmittal letter from Paul E. Purser), Dee O'Hara (SP and TLS), Robert B. Voas (signature), David G. Simons…

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