Irwin and Cernan Pair of Oversized Signed Photographs
Two oversized photos: a color glossy 16 x 20 cardstock photo of Irwin saluting the American flag on the lunar surface, signed and inscribed in silver ink, “To Al, My very best wishes, from Hadley Base, Moon, Jim Irwin,” with an embroidered Apollo 15 mission patch set into a clipped portion of the lower right corner; and a color glossy 20 x 16 cardstock photo of the famous ‘Earthrise’ above the undulating lunar surface, signed and inscribed in silver ink, “To Al—A memory as unforgettable as the good times which got us here! You were part of it all, My best, Gene [Cernan], Apollo XVII, Dec. 72.” Both photographs were printed under NASA copyright permission by the Japanese photography studio Impact in 1980, with the Irwin photo designated as print number “1300” and the Cernan photo as “1304.” In overall fine condition. Accompanied by a color semi-glossy 10.25 x 13.5 photo of the STS–1 launch, affixed to its original mount, with John Young and Bob Crippen autopen signatures in the lower border, inscribed in black ink by an unknown hand, “To Al Bishop, With our sincere appreciation for your past, present and future support of America’s Manned Space flight programs. The Crew of Columbia.” Also accompanied by a block of twelve Apollo stamps honoring a decade of US space exploration. Al Bishop was an aerospace public relations specialist at NASA whose specially designed cachet of ‘Bishop’ insurance covers, printed specifically for the crew, their families and friends, have become prized collectables amongst the space and philatelic communities. From the collection of aerospace memorabilia specialist Ken Havekotte. Pre-certified Zarelli Space Authentication.