Apr 8 2012: Nineteen Colour Photographs and Illustrations from The Astronaut Book (Panther Books, 1969)

Following yesterday’s gallery of hand-coloured photographs from Panther’s 1969 publication The Astronauts’ Book, here are a selection of nineteen of the book’s colour photographs, ranging from shots taken on a space walk to images of astronauts being fitted in space suits (one curious fact I discovered awhile back is that the suits eventually used were designed for NASA by no less a company than Playtex, otherwise best known as leading manufacturers of womens’ engineered undergarments). Alongside these are examples of works from a NASA collection of space-inspired art, though in these cases not, sadly, the kind of works artists like Liliane Lijn were making in the later sixties, but instead slightly amateurish watercolours of launchpads and the like.

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