TLS signed “Alan B. Shepard, Jr.,” one page, 8 x 10.5, NASA letterhead, July 26, 1967. Letter to Robert J. Glass, written during his time as chief of the Astronaut Office. In part: "It is not our policy to substitute machine autographs for authentic autographs on first day covers, collector's items, et cetera; however, we do not have a firm policy for the handling of autograph requests such as yours. The honoring of such requests must necessarily depend upon the availability of any specific astronaut. Often his work schedule and travel activities preclude his participating in these requests promptly and as often as is desirable, but he does respond graciously whenever possible. The desired autographs and your cover are enclosed together with our thanks for your patient understanding of our necessarily complex method of handling the astronauts' autograph requests." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. An intriguing letter offering insight into NASA's handling of the numerous autograph requests sent to astronauts during the early Apollo era.
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