Vintage matte-finish 11 x 14 photo of five rocketry pioneers posing with scale models of missiles created during the 1950s, affixed to its original 16 x 20 mount, signed in fountain pen, “Wernher von Braun,” “H. Oberth,” “Ernst Stuhlinger,” “H. Toftoy,” and “Robert Lusser.” Framed and in fine condition, with Lusser’s signature light but legible. This photograph was taken on February 1, 1956, by Hank Walker and appeared in the February 27th issue of Life magazine.
This magnificent portrait was once displayed on the walls of von Braun’s office. In addition to von Braun himself, the subjects are: Ernst Stuhlinger, a member of the original German rocket team who directed the Research Projects Office, Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA); Major General Holger Toftoy, who consolidated U.S. missile and rocketry development; Professor Herman Oberth, a rocket pioneer and Dr. von Braun's mentor; and Dr. Robert Lusser, who served as assistant director for Reliability Engineering for ABMA. Pre-certified Zarelli Space Authentication.
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