Explore the final frontier with this 1960s-1990s collection of (811) NASA/other Type I, Type II, wire and publicity 8x10 photos and lithograph prints. Ranging as (90% EX to NM-MT, 10% lesser) this high quality hoard was acquired directly from NASA and official news services by the consignor while engaged in professional writing assignments for various periodicals. This compelling archive focuses on the Skylab, Space Shuttle and Satellite programs, along with unmanned missions to planets in our Solar System planets. More on our website.
Many of these photos are originals processed by NASA with reverse side captioning, while others are period publicity photos, wire photos and color litho prints. They were issued to members of the press and were not available to the general public. The consignor collected them over a lengthy period of time beginning in the 1960s while covering the NASA space program as a reporter.
Featured subjects are: group and individual shots of shuttle and skylab program astronauts including actual moon-walk scenes; and images of lunar and planet surfaces; space; equipment; satellites; spacecraft; training sessions; charts; concept illustrations; facilities; support personnel; officials; and scientists. Several are rare “behind-the-scenes” images made special by providing a glimpse of the subjects in un-posed scenes. Also present in the way of bonus materials are: (23) 2x2 slides including several “From the Earth to the Moon” documentary film scenes with (2) of actor Tom Hanks; and a signed copy of the book “Out of This World—American Space Photography” by consigning author Paul Dickson.
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 exhibits excellent quality and fascinating images. Please review our “Americana” category for lots pertaining to “Apollo moon mission”; “early U.S. space exploration” with Mercury and Gemini 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”.