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From: Carlsbad, CA
Registered: Nov 2007

posted 08-04-2011 07:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wmk   Click Here to Email wmk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I own several Apollo items, but very few of them are on display (mostly because I just have not had the time, but also because I have not decided how to display some of them).

I have seen some very nice displays that people have shared on this forum and what I often find appealing are displays that help tell a story of provide additional context by including multiple items in a display.

For example, not just a display of a single item like a flown flight page, but including other items that complement it - like a photo from the mission or better yet a photo of a crew member using the checklist that contained the flown page.

Most of what I have in mind are items that can be framed, but I'd like to open up this discussion to other display types as well (say hardware or 3D displays or finding ways to combine flat objects with 3D objects).

I do think certain items are best displayed alone and that combining multiple items can sometimes get cluttered or even take away from a central item, but I would love to see what other collectors have done.

There have been some really creative displays for multiple and single items (for example, see Dave Scott's observation window from AS-201 and Scott Schneeweis' energized Lunar Module panel assembly. I'd like to invite people to share their displays and display ideas - I'm sure there are some really great ones out there!

Thanks for sharing...


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From: Atlanta, GA
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posted 08-04-2011 08:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am one who likes to make a "big display" to tell the story behind an artifact. Here is a flown piece of space shuttle Columbia's floor. It flew on 7 missions, hence the associated patches. It was removed to make room for additional crew seats, hence the (small) photo of astronauts floating above the flooring before removal. You can see more of these types of presentation on my website,

floor columbia


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From: Greensboro, NC USA
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posted 08-04-2011 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hopping onto this topic, I'm looking for a freestanding display case/cabinet with shelves that would be appropriate for displaying models and mementos. I would like acrylic rather than glass, to provide some UV protection. Is there a cabinet that anyone recommends?


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From: Essex, UK
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posted 08-07-2011 04:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a shot of my Apollo 17 lunar flown checklist page in it's display.

The components of the display can be seen better here as well as shots of Gene Cernan signing the item.

David Carey

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posted 08-11-2011 07:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Below is a montage of Apollo 13 items, made before acquiring the pieces on the floor.

Basically a shadow-box containing a framed ex-Gibson crew-signed cover, a Fred Haise certification letter for the flown cocoa pack housed in a custom-cut foam core frame, and the framed in-situ NASA photo of the ex-NASM large flown storage pouch displayed at the bottom on a shelf.

I'll likely scan the Haise letter and put a small copy in the upper right corner of the foam-core, leaving room inside for the signed Aquarius Netting card presentation shown on the floor.

The ex-Slayton Apollo 13 heatshield plug is too thick to fit within the depth of the shadow-box unfortunately. It will either 'live outside', or I'll have to remove the shadow-box glass.

Perhaps I'll just start over, as sometimes the display-build is part of the fun.

(Sorry for the hurried Photoshopping to hide my office chair and other junk behind the shadow-box.)

Rick Mulheirn

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From: England
Registered: Feb 2001

posted 08-12-2011 02:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Superb Apollo 13 display David. Did you acquire the flown food pack at auction or diretly from Fred?

David Carey

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posted 08-12-2011 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Rick - a little of both I suppose; it was consigned directly by Fred Haise to auction, with monies targeted at least in part to funding for the Infinity Science Center.

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