Vintage matte-finish 10 x 8 photo of the Mercury astronauts posing with a model of their space craft, signed in the lower border in blue and black ink by all seven astronauts using their more ‘formal’ signatures: “Alan B. Shepard, Jr.,” “Virgil I. Grissom,” “M. Scott Carpenter,” “Walter M. Schirra, Jr.,” “Donald K. Slayton,” “John H. Glenn, Jr.,” and “Leroy G. Cooper, Jr.” Photo is also inscribed in the upper right corner by Alan Shepard, “To Rocky Meadows, with best wishes—The Astronauts.” In very good condition, with tack holes to corners and along top edge, a few creases to borders, Schirra’s signature a shade light, and some rippling along left edge. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original recipient which states the signatures were obtained during a visit from the astronauts at his house for his birthday on April 22, 1961. They were stationed at Langley Field under the direction of Cliff Nelson at the time, who happened to be best friends with the parents of the recipient. A very desirable portrait boasting superb provenance. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.
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