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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-06-2009 01:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wapakoneta Daily News: Portraits reported stolen from PO
Three portraits of Neil Armstrong were reported missing Friday night, after an alleged robbery at the Wapakoneta Post Office.

Wapakoneta Post Master Jennifer Shoup said Friday night, one, or several people entered the post office and stole three reproduction portraits drawn by the late Richard Chadwick, a Wapakoneta native.

The drawings were hanging in the lobby of the post office -- an area Shoup said is never locked.

"It's open 24-7 because people with PO boxes can come in," Shoup said.

Shoup said the largest drawing is 24 by 36 inches and the other two are 8 by 10 inches.

...Shoup said officers informed her to contact pawn shops and to keep an eye toward Ebay auctions. A security camera is operational at the post office, but it failed to capture an image of the suspects.

According to the article, the large print was of a portrait of Armstrong that Chadwick completed while the Apollo 11 mission was on-going.

The two smaller prints were of "Neil with his mother and father" and "Neil during one of his pre-Apollo 11 missions".

The original of the large portrait is on display in a museum in California; the two smaller originals are at the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-08-2009 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good news from the Associated Press:
The police chief in Neil Armstrong's Ohio hometown says three portraits of the astronaut stolen from the local post office have been recovered.

Wapakoneta Chief David Webb would not say Thursday how police found the print and two enlarged photographs of Armstrong, who became the first person to walk on the moon in 1969. Webb says the pictures have been put back up and authorities have identified a suspect. No charges have been filed.

spaceman1953
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posted 01-09-2009 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My local post office (a MAJOR metro area) has locked up the lobby for a number of years now, to keep the homeless people from sleeping in there at night. It is locked from 11 pm or midnight until 5 AM... and on New Years Eve it was locked up.

Glad they recovered the stuff. I think many of us have reproductions of Chadwick's work... seems like the museum used to sell a larger than normal black and white post card that was a line drawing of Armstrong in front of the Moon, taken from the official NASA photograph!

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posted 01-16-2009 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fabfivefreddy   Click Here to Email fabfivefreddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have copies of these portraits? They sound interesting...

kr4mula
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posted 01-20-2009 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently acquired three such protraits and was going to post them for sale on e-bay, but I had to unexpectedly return them to their rightful, I mean "previous" owners. Turns out they were just copies anyway.

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