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  Ed White signed Gemini 4 glossy: Add McDivitt?

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spkjb
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posted 05-12-2014 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spkjb   Click Here to Email spkjb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have an 8x10 glossy similar to those shown in this topic. It is signed by Ed White.

I am seeking advice regarding as to having James McDivitt sign the photo. I assume it would add value since it would be crew signed, but maybe not? Perhaps it is better to just have White's signature on this?

Spacepsycho
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posted 05-12-2014 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacepsycho   Click Here to Email Spacepsycho     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you can have the photo signed by Jim McDivitt in person, yes, have it signed. However, I wouldn't risk losing that photo by sending it to have signed.

Steve Zarelli
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posted 05-12-2014 06:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve Zarelli   Click Here to Email Steve Zarelli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a matter of taste, so you will see varied results.

I am somewhat of a purist and do not prefer signatures added for the sake of being added. If it is a classic pose of Ed White, I'd leave it single signed rather than "manufacturing" a Gemini IV crew piece by adding a modern McDivitt. Some auction results also show evidence that a single signed White is more desirable than the same pose with a McDivitt added.

That said, the first thing I would do is be confident the White is authentic. Perhaps you already are and that's fine. In my experience, I have reviewed a lot of items with a McDivitt added to a fake White. A LOT.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 05-12-2014 07:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since it's a photo of White, I would leave it as such signed by just him. Unless McDivitt took the photo and you can get him to sign, "Photograph by /s/ Jim McDivitt."

kosmo
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posted 05-12-2014 08:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Vintage Gemini 4 space walk photo with vintage Ed White autograph. You will never get a vintage James McDivitt signature on the photo, everyone's signature changes over time, pen types and ink change, be a purest and leave it just like it is. DON'T add the McDivitt autograph!

onesmallstep
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posted 05-13-2014 12:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree. Leave the White as is; maybe display it with a signed McDivitt photo and the Novaspace 'Eagle' GT-4 patch. Or side-by- side in an album.

spkjb
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posted 05-14-2014 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spkjb   Click Here to Email spkjb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by spkjb:
I am seeking advice regarding as to having James McDivitt sign the photo.
Thanks to all for their time and thoughtful advice!

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