Nail File, R.K. Gilbert

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Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This metal nail file was owned and used by Robert Gilbert, an aerospace engineer who began his career supporting launches at White Sands, New Mexico, and moved to Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1958. He carried the file and its storage case in his pocket, inside a pocket protector, as a personal convenience during his job as an engineer. In his career, he worked on a series of missile and other spaceflight projects until his retirement.

Gilbert's pocket protector and its various contents were collected by Gilbert's daughter-in-law, Nancy Yasecko, a filmmaker who grew up in Florida near Cape Canaveral, and whose film "Growing Up with Rockets," released in 1985, is a personal memoir of growing up in the shadow of the United States' civil human spaceflight program. The file and pocket protecor set is part of a collection of artifacts that Yasecko donated to the Museum in 2012 along with a copy of the film, which is held by the Museum's film archives.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Gift of The Growing Up with Rockets Collection

Materials

Steel, Copper Alloy

Dimensions

3-D: 10.3 x 1 x 0.2cm (4 1/16 x 3/8 x 1/16 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

Inventory Number

A20130185008