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From: Worcestershire, England, UK.
Registered: Apr 2008

posted 04-23-2015 05:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone else remember Space Photos of Sunset Boulevard, Houston, Texas?

While searching through some things the other day I came across several of their catalogues from the early 1970s. I'd be 13 or 14 and ordered from them now and again at the time which got me into collecting space related items.

I don't think they still exist do they?


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From: Danville, Ohio, USA
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posted 04-23-2015 07:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought dozens of slides from them in the 1960s and 1970s. It was literally awesome projecting Gemini and Apollo images on the wall and imagining myself in those scenes. I frequently used the slides to show classes the history of the space program. They had a large selection of the most amazing images. I still have all of those slides. I have no idea what became of the business.


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From: Austin, TX, USA
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posted 04-23-2015 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mmcmurrey   Click Here to Email mmcmurrey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by Tykeanaut:
I don't think they still exist do they?
I don't know if they are still in business or not but I have two 11x14" Apollo 11 crew pictures with their "Published and Distributed by SPACE PHOTOS/2608 Sunset Blvd, Houston, Texas" in lower right corner.


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posted 04-23-2015 12:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet1983   Click Here to Email SpaceCadet1983     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I collected 35mm slides and an Ed White spacewalk lithograph from Space Photos as a young teen. The place was a virtual goldmine back in the 1960s-70s. They always seemed to have the choicest slides. The difficulty for me was trying to narrow down the sets I wanted! (I wanted them all!) I've always wondered what happened to them.


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From: Bloomington, Illinois, USA
Registered: May 2005

posted 04-23-2015 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J.L   Click Here to Email J.L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They have been out of business for many years. Someone in the family contacted me a few years back offering to sell the remaining inventory. Not sure what ever happened to it.

I too bought their slides back in the day. As a veteran NASA image archivist I eventually realized that the quality of their product was spotty at best. The Space Shuttle era slides are especially poor quality. The company did fill a need for quite awhile though.

Funny, I guess I am doing something similar with my Retro Space Image discs. Big difference is much better quality and considerably more images being offered.


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From: Gilbert, Arizona 85296
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posted 04-23-2015 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Orthon   Click Here to Email Orthon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a box of them. Mostly Apollo and Gemini flights. I also have some slide sets from Tersch Enterprises - if you remember them.


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From: Portsmouth, England
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posted 04-24-2015 03:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OLDIE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The brother of one of my friends (who worked in the space industry) brought me back a few Gemini slides from Space Photos in the early 1970s. I thank them for getting me started on the whole space adventure.


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From: Albany, Oregon USA
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posted 04-24-2015 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought a bunch of stuff from that company in the 70s and early 80s. Slides, 8mm movies, Beta tapes, photos, almost everything in their catalog at one time or another. (I had their address memorized.)

I still have a lot of the items with the exception of the old 8mm movies. Apollo, Skylab, Shuttle. They went for big prices on eBay, which surprised me.

The Beta and VHS tapes were from Finley-Holiday Films and the 8mm movies were from Movie Newsreels.

I think by the mid-90s, Space Photos was pretty much done.

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