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WERNHER VON BRAUN - COLLECTION WITH NORMAN ROCKWELL - HFSID 276359

Striking matted display of a letter from von Braun to the author of a biography of Rockwell, a signature of the famed illustrator, a magazine photograph of Rockwell's Apollo mural, a photograph of the illustrator in his studio with the mural to his right and a photograph of von Braun.

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Condition: slightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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WERNHER von BRAUN and NORMAN ROCKWELL
Striking matted display of a letter from von Braun to the author of a biography of Rockwell, a signature of the famed illustrator, a magazine photograph of Rockwell's Apollo mural, a photograph of the illustrator in his studio with the mural to his right and a photograph of von Braun.
Comprises: (1) WERNHER von BRAUN.
TLS: "Wernher von Braun", 1p, 7x9¼. Germantown, Maryland, 1975 February 10. On letterhead of Fairchild Industries, where von Braun was Vice President of Engineering and Development, to Mr. Donald W. Walton, West Chester, Pennsylvania. In full: "Further to your letter dated January 24, 1975, it is with sincere pleasure that I submit for your consideration the following comment on Norman Rockwell. 'As Henry Ford has brought mass production and material well being to America, so Norman Rockwell has popularized American art. His mural immortalizing the Apollo program is typical of his ability to capture American life in its many aspects for the enjoyment of today and the enrichment of our heirs. I warmly regard my association with him and look forward to his continued contributions of art.' Permission is hereby given to use the above comment in your book about Norman Rockwell, if you should so desire. Please convey my personal regards to Norman when next you see him. Sincerely". Slightly creased with folds, not at signature. Light paper clip impression at upper right blank edge, pinhead-size stain at lower blank edge. Fine condition. (2) NORMAN ROCKWELL. Signature: "sincerely/Norman/Rockwell", 2¾x1½. Ink slightly smudged at the "ll" of Rockwell. Fine condition. (3) [NORMAN ROCKWELL]. Magazine Image, unsigned. Color, 17x7¾. Depicts his mural honoring the Apollo program. Imprinted signature at lower right corner. Slightly creased with mid-vertical fold. Fine condition. (4) [NORMAN ROCKWELL]. Photograph, unsigned. B/w, 6x4. Depicts Rockwell in his studio with his Apollo mural to his right. Another illustration of an astronaut is visible in background, which also has depictions of several of Rockwell's other works. Minor surface creases and scratches (not evident head on). Fine condition. (5) [WERNHER von BRAUN]. Magazine Photograph, unsigned. B/w, 3½x4. Minor glue stains on suit. Fine condition. DONALD J. WALTON was the author of A Rockwell Portrait: An Intimate Biography, which was published in 1978. German-born space pioneer Dr. WERNHER VON BRAUN (1912-1977) became Technical Director of the U.S. ballistic weapon program at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama in 1950. In the late 1950s, he was leading the U.S. into its most courageous stage of space exploration. His rocket development team successfully put into orbit the first U.S. satellite, Explorer I (January 1958), and they put Redstone Rockets into defense service by U.S. Army units in Germany in June of that year. They also developed the Jupiter-C, Juno and Pershing rockets and the Saturn 1, 1B and V rockets, which launched the Apollo flights. Apollo II was launched on its journey on a Saturn V as part of the program that peaked with the Moon landing on July 20, 1969. Dr. von Braun lobbied tirelessly to promote his dream of travel into space in both oral and written discourse. He shared his knowledge through speaking engagements, press conferences and publications. Space Frontier (1967, revised 1971) is among the books he authored and, along with F. Ordway, von Braun wrote The History of Rocketry and Space Travel (1966, revised 1969). Von Braun also contributed articles to scientific and technical journals. Von Braun, who served as Chief of the Guided Missile Development Division before the establishment of NASA, was named Director of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville in 1960. Ten years later, he transferred to NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. While a teenager, von Braun had worked with Hermann Oberth, who produced the theory of the rocket motor. Following his graduation from the University of Berlin (1934), von Braun worked with the team of scientists that developed the V-2 rocket. He had followed the writings of Konstantin Eduardovitch Tsiolkovskylong (Constantin Siolkovsky) of Russia and Robert H. Goddard, the American pioneer of rocket research. Von Braun admired Goddard for the experiments he was doing, and following WWII, von Braun and his German rocket development team surrendered to U.S. troops (1945) and made America their home. Noted American artist/illustrator NORMAN ROCKWELL (1894-1978) is best known for his realistic and humorous scenes of small town life in America. He painted over 300 covers for the "Saturday Evening Post" (1916-1965) after beginning his career at age 18 as an illustrator for "Boy's Life". Rockwell also painted politically significant works, such as his cover illustration of Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" (1943), and of Presidential candidates and historical events, such as the Apollo 11 mission. Rockwell published his autobiography, Norman Rockwell, My Adventures as an Illustrator, in 1960. Five items. Matted, not in the Gallery of History style, to 27¾x18½.

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