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Fly Me To the Moon

Rocket to the Moon
Bonestell
1961

Submitter: This system had a children’s museum annex (hence the stamp on the record sleeve), there was no sign of a checkout card sleeve in the book.  My guess is that it spent nearly all of it’s life there. The slides and 45RPM record were still in the book and are in very good condition considering the age of the book and the number of years it must have been on the shelf. Compared to some of the other books on the site, it’s not awful in terms of subject matter or art, just horribly outdated once the Apollo missions went to the moon and back. I’m surprised it stayed on the shelves as long as it did. It was outdated when it turned 10 years old, let alone 50.

Holly: This. Is. Awesome. This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. Totally outdated for a library, and even a children’s modern science museum (history museums excepted), but I’d totally buy it at a used book sale.

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8 Responses to Fly Me To the Moon

  • We have a book in my Architecture library that has a LP. When a student comes across it they are all “wtf” then, with a smile, they are game for it. They check it out!

  • I’d buy it at a book sale too. What a perfect representation of the era!

  • When I began my job here in July 2007 – exactly 38 years after Apollo 11 – we still had a book for very young children that boasted someday a man would walk on the moon. The book was so charming I was inclined to leave it be, but alas, it didn’t make the cut.

  • Walter Cronkite takes you on a Rocket to the Moon. I’m up for it.

  • This should be sent to a historical archive. Chesley Bonestell was a genius. He didn’t draw those he scratch-built models, photographed them, and painted over the photos.

  • Where would you find a projector for those slides? They’re not standard slides or even a standard filmstrip. They seem to have been designed for obsolescence.

  • It’s for Columbia records’ Panorama entertainment system: a cheap plastic slide projector. So you could read the book, watch the slides, and play the record, which I think is a 7″ 33 1/3 record, not a 45.