Russell Hawkes 1919 planetarium has beautiful color and natural patina. If you rotate the sun mercury rotates around via the gear system. The rest of the unit has the gear mechanisms but seems stiff from years of non use. Piece comes with base that attaches via a nut to release the planetarium. The top case is not present but still an nice piece to secure the unit for transport. The brass sun has original patina and the base and numerals are clear—excellent wood color on the spindle. The most notable piece that has been worn is the globe. Most of the (around half) of the map has come off. I have shown both sides of the aluminum sphere—in my opinion I would leave it as is —adds more character to the piece. Measures 20” L and 12.5” H 9 (sun) without base.
This historic photo came from Apollo 13 onboard module. The print is 4” x 5” and you can see the contact negative on the print (reverse printed). It was acquired from a Grumman employee of many years. Most of these photos this size were used to categorize images to use for map making or archiving then destroyed—luckily this one survived. The back is stamped with the mission archive # and you can look it up and see it is in the historic archives. It also bears the initials LM (lunar module) in pencil below. The info pasted below is cortesey of NASA archives:
AS13-60-8703 (11-17 April 1970) --- This outstanding view of a near full moon was photographed from the Apollo 13 spacecraft during its trans-Earth journey homeward. Though the explosion of the oxygen tank in the Service Module (SM) forced the cancellation of the scheduled lunar landing, Apollo 13 made a pass around the moon prior to returning to Earth. Some of the conspicuous lunar features include the Sea of Crisis, the Sea of Fertility, the Sea of Tranquility, the Sea of Serenity, the Sea of Nectar, the Sea of Vapors, the Border Sea, Smyth's Sea, the crater Langrenus, and the crater Tsiolkovsky.