JOHN GLENN - FIRST DAY COVER WITH AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED - HFSID 293386
Sale Price $216.00
The first American to orbit the Earth signs a First Day Cover honoring Project Mercury, issued on the date of his historic flight. First Day Cover signed: "Best regards -/J. H. Glenn Jr", 3½x6½. FDC honoring Project Mercury: U.S. Man in Space, postmarked Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 20, 1962, four 4-cent stamps affixed, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. On February 20, 1962, John Glenn (1921-2016) became the first American to orbit the Earth (three orbits in four hours and 55 minutes) aboard Friendship 7).On October 29, 1998, 36 years later, U.S. Senator John H. Glenn, Jr. of Ohio returned to space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, spending nine days and orbiting the Earth 134 times. The 77-year-old's presence on the mission helped scientists study the effects of space on the aging process. His return to space is commemorated on a 33-cent U.S. stamp issued in 2000. Glenn had been a combat pilot in Korea, downing three MIGs and serving for a time as the wingman of baseball great Ted Williams. He represented Ohio in the US Senate for 24 years (1975-1999), and sought the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1984. Fine condition.
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