V2 Metal film canister of positives in 2 formats
Lot 117¤
V-2 ROCKET. 2 strips of positive film reproducing photographs taken by a V-2 rocket, launched from White Sands, NM, April 5, 1950,
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V-2 ROCKET.
2 strips of positive film reproducing photographs taken by a V-2 rocket, launched from White Sands, NM, April 5, 1950, one strip being 35 mm format, the other 16 mm, each with the same approximately 67 frames, headed by a title card reading "Cameraman: Goerg [sic] | Date: April 5, 1950 ... 'Trip to the Moon,'" geographical features labeled in the image, contained together in metal canister, lid with pasted-on label reading "V-2 Aerial Photos."
Provenance: Frederick C. Durant, III.

The first V-2 launch in the US took place in April 17 of 1946. A rocket launched later that year contained a motion picture camera in its nose cone, which took a frame every second and a half. That rocket took the first image of Earth from beyond the atmosphere, and an article in the October, 1950 issue of National Geographic published V-2 shots showing "how our Earth would look to visitors from another planet coming in on a space ship."
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