Hidden away for almost half a century; an incredible collection of 3000 “never-seen-before” slide-negatives have recently been discovered.
Among them (some seen above) are a “personal recording” of the “Apollo 11 & 12 Moon Landings” on 21 July 1969, and 19 November 1969. Taken directly from a TV screen, “Harry”, the unknown photographer has encapsulated these incredible historical moments-in-time, and how they would have first appeared to an estimated 600 million viewers.
In commemoration to the 50th anniversaries of the 1969 Moon Landings, 19 year old student Jasmine Holly, from Bristol, South West, has set-up a Kickstarter campaign to be launched on the 26th March 2019 and run for 30 days; working from the originals her mission is to reproduce a series of awe inspiring “What Grandad See On TV”photographs. Jasmine said, “To be totally honest, I didn’t exactly know what I was viewing, as prior to this time I had not seen many Apollo related images, so it was all new to me.”
Two vintage cars (seen above), that over time had got more decrepit and rusting away, as they were parked in what we assume was Harry’s back garden that was full of trees, plants and flora.
As the years went by he was able to record each and every season. Wintry snow scenes seen above. Spring, with new buds sprouting. Summer, and the garden in full bloom. Autumn, with golden, red and brown leaves falling onto the lawn whilst all the while blanketing these old relics that are smiling away in the background, witnessing each and every change of the seasons – and just like Harry did!
There are close-ups of his pets, more so his cats, seen above, which have distinguished facial and body markings. They can be found in an array of places; on top of garden sheds, sitting snugly on, or under the vintage cars, up on trees, or prowling between the flower beds.
The entire collection covers a wide range of different subject matter, taken over the course of many years though mainly from the 1960’s to late 1970’s. Around 400 negatives are related to most of the Apollo Moon Landings, from ‘First man on the Moon’ Apollo 11 mission, to the ‘last man on the Moon’ Apollo 17 Moon Landing.
It was my uncle Dave, whom purchased the whole collection in 2006, and who gave me the Apollo collection as a gift, who soon identified Buzz Aldrin in his famous pose (seen above) standing on the Moon, and a well-known British astronomer, (seen below) Sir Patrick Moore (another “famous” name among a list of others I had never heard of before), though other than that he couldn’t really identify the others”, said Jasmine.
Sir Patrick Moore (far right) in TV studio; – probably taken in 1972 during the Apollo 17 Moon Landing.
Jasmine continued, “So this identifying process was left to me. There are approx. 40 Apollo 11 & Apollo 12 related photos, (not all usable as they may be too blurred) – and I have tried my best selecting the final best 12 for this commemorative Kickstarter campaign. What’s made the selection process that bit more difficult, is the fact, that to me, most of the Apollo missions look pretty much the same, so it’s not been easy to identify which photo relates to which Moon Landing and why I am still trying to identify the others.”
Neil Armstrong/Buzz Aldrin placing USA flag on the surface of the Moon 1969.
In most of these photos you can see the rounded corners of the TV surround, and in some others, orange curtains (seen above) can be seen in the background as “someone” watch’s the TV, and which were reflected onto the TV screen. That kind of makes these images unique and gives them “Harry’s” personal touch and signature.
“The objective of my Kickstarter campaign is so that I can expand on the collection and add them to my Etsy shop and a new website http://www.rediscoveredprints.com – which is still under-construction and products are yet to be introduced. Apart from the Apollo Moon Landings, I want to introduce more of “Harry’s” work,” said Jasmine.
To find out more about this unique collection and how to obtain postcards, photographs and posters related to the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 & 12 Moon Landings – why not checkout Jasmine’s Kickstarter page.