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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

You can't judge a book by its cover

Before you donate that old dictionary to Goodwill you might want to flip through the pages. It is amazing what has been tucked in the pages of books. It can be a good way to flatten out an old silver certificate, but don't let it slip your mind. Case in point:This patch looks as though it just came from the (where do patches come from?) patch factory? patchery? the loom? It looks as good as it does because it has been sitting squashed between the pages of a book for the past (take a deep breath) 40 years. How do I know this? Take a look what came with it:

I marked this as a"part 2" from the previous post because I thought the relationship between the mug and this invitation was funny, Tricky Dick funny. This is one cool item. Apollo 11 was the big one. Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon and his most important quote of the century, which he apparently flubbed by leaving out the "a" in "That's one small step for [a] man..."  Nothing against Neil. There's a long standing argument for and against whether it was a flub or not. 

In the grand scheme of things, it makes little difference what he said and far more significance for what he did.  Anyway, back to this find. Here are all three pieces:
The addition of the envelope makes this complete. If you click on the image you may be able to see the cancellation better. There is a story here: I suppose even an invitation from the President with an official Apollo 11 patch inside may not have been enough to impress the guy who was head of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. He probably looked at the patch and said "Pftttt! Big Deal! I have the Spirit of St Louis hanging from my ceiling!" 

 Check your books!


  1. For some strange reason comments are not working on this post, so here it is cut a pasted from an email to me:

    Neil didn't actually flub his line. It was a radio glitch. I thought it was nice to know that. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/5398560.stm



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