This Apollo Program sticker set was owned by John Bickers, a Public Affairs representative for the McDonnell Company (later McDonnell Douglas), an aerospace company that held contracts with NASA throughout Project Mercury, the Gemini program, the Apollo program, and the Space Shuttle program. Because this set was a souvenir from the launch of Apollo 16 in April 1972, it contains information only from Apollo 7 through Apollo 16.
The sticker set, a promotional item for RCA, also became a piece of memorabilia of the Apollo 16 launch. Owning this set or using these stickers would demonstrate one's connection to the program and one's presence at the launch. As a result, this piece of launch memorabilia reminds us of the numerous people who supported and witnessed human spaceflight.
During his tenure with McDonnell, Bickers compiled and edited Press Reference Books for the Gemini Space Missions and supported early Space Shuttle flights.
He donated the sticker set to the National Collection in 2007.
Gift of John Bickers