Take a giant step for collecting-kind with this tremendous 1960s-1970s Apollo Space Program photograph/ephemera hoard of (368) ranging as (80% NM to MT, 20% EX to EX-MT). Acquired by the consignor during professional writing assignments for various periodicals this fascinating selection includes numerous original Type I/Type II 8x10 photos obtained directly from NASA during media events and research visits. This generally pristine collection boasts many rare images with Apollo astronauts, lunar landings and candid training shots. More on our website.
Generally these archive quality photos are originals processed by NASA, featuring the NASA “meatball” logo and blue mimeograph ink captioning on the reverse (approximately 20% are publicity type photos with printed text on the reverse and a very few are wire photos or blank-backed). The originals are not to be confused with wire service photos, which were typically period copies of the offered originals. These original images were given to the press and were not available to the public. Collected around the theme “The Face of Space”, these images provide an insightful look at the astronauts and support personnel who formed the heart of the manned spaceflight program, with the intention of presenting the heroic nature of their pioneering efforts. The consignor, author Paul Dickson, collected them over a lengthy period of time beginning in the 1960s while covering the Apollo program as a reporter.
Featured are (344) nearly immaculate 8x10s with Type I, Type II, wire and publicity photos of subjects such as Apollo program astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin, Collins, Lovell, Slayton and others; and also lunar landings, images of space, equipment, training modules, support personnel and officials including President Nixon. Many are rare “behind-the-scenes” images made special by the fascinating aspect of glimpsing the facial expressions of the participants in non-posed scenes. Housed in a series of ring binders this collection includes four binders related to the regular Apollo program and one binder dedicated to the “Apollo-Soyuz” joint mission. Also present is binder of ephemera with (13) mission patches, (2) mission patch litho replicas, (8) photos, an “Apollo/Saturn area permit” employee admission badge and an (uncounted in the lot total) assortment of letters with facsimile signatures, bumper stickers, patch identifier charts, program award certificates and a parking permit.
This lot is one of several offered in the current H&S auction from the lifetime collection of award winning author Paul Dickson who resides in the Washington, D.C. area. Mr. Dickson is “a freelance writer of more than 65 non-fiction books and numerous newspaper and magazine articles on a variety of subjects from ice cream to baseball to language, including slang, to jokes to Sputnik and the Bonus Army”.
This listing and its accompanying photographs cover only a small fraction of this important and comprehensive collection, which is of the highest quality and selection. Please review our “Americana” category for lots pertaining to “early space exploration” including the Gemini and Mercury programs; “the space shuttle, space station and satellite” programs; and a “U.S./Soviet Union” hoard of space program pins and jewelry. Other lots from consignor Dickson feature “presidential photos” and “WWII ephemera”.