Remarkable and Important Photograph
GAGARIN, Yuri (1934-1968). The first human to enter space as a space traveler. Cosmonaut Gagarin flew into space on April 12, 1961, at a speed of 17,000 mph lasting one hour and forty-eight minutes in his Vostok space craft. This hero of the Soviet Union was killed during a training mission six years after his historic flight. He was only 34 years old.
Photograph, 9”x5.5” of the eleven original pioneer cosmonauts. Mounted on the original wooden frame to 12.5”x8”. Signed in Cyrillic by seven of the pioneers below their images, all dressed in their regulation uniforms which is somewhat uncommon. Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968), Valery Bykovsky (1934- ), Gherman Titov (1935-2000). Valentina Tereshkova (1937- ), Andriyan Nikolayev (1924-2004), Pavel Popovich (1930-2009), Konstantin Feoktistov (1926-2009) and Boris Yegorov (1937-1994). There is a printed inscription in the upper left corner, translated it reads: “To the President of the Republic of Congo, Massamba-Deba from Soviet Cosmonauts.” Alphonse Massamba-Debat (1921-1977) was the second President of the Republic of the Congo. During his presidency he sought assistance from the Soviet Union and China. He voted with the more radical African states. His government was overthrown by Marion Ngouabi. Massamba-Debat was put in prison and tried for plotting the assassination of Ngouabi. After his trial he was executed by a firing squad. A remarkable photograph with all signatures dark. A museum piece: $3,900.00