Apollo Commemorative Matchbook Series, Set of 12
From NASA Apollo-Soyuz Russian Language instructor-interpreter Anatole Forostenko’s personal collection.
RCA limited issue of twelve matchbooks commemorating Apollo 7 through 17 and the Apollo program in a 6.2″x4.25″ plastic case. Each 2″x2″ matchbook has mission emblem on one side, crew portrait on other, and mission dates on the spine. Program matchbook has portraits of President Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.
Dr. Forostenko led a Russian language team at NASA’s Astronaut Office to prepare astronauts to communicate with cosmonauts during Apollo-Soyuz, working closely with both crews as instructor-interpreter.