Monday, January 29, 2007

Denver Wax Museum- Project Mercury

The Denver Wax Museum was located on Bannock street (between 9th and 10th) in Denver Colorado. Focusing on the historical, the museum presented tableaux on everyone from Mark Twain to Eddie Rickenbacker. The scene here represents Project Mercury, The United States' foray into manned spaceflight. Inside the spaceship are the Mercury Seven. From left to right; Alan Shephard (1923-1998), Wally Schirra (b. 1923), Scott Carpenter (b. 1925), Gordon Cooper (1927-2004), John Glenn (b. 1921), Gus Grissom (1926-1967), and Deke Slayton (1924-1993).

Another view that shows five of the astronauts. This display is not an accurate representation of the program. Instead, it is a scene that expresses the spirit of the Mercury project.

A close up of Scott Carpenter climbing out of a hatch.

John Glenn "floating" above the other astronauts.

Gus Grissom and Deke Slayton. Slayton was the only one of the seven to never fly in space during Project Mercury. Perhaps that is why Grissom is smiling and he is not.

A close up of Gus Grissom in living color. He died in 1967 in a launchpad fire during training for Apollo 1.

And a color shot of Slayton. He died from a brain tumor in 1993.

Many figures from the museum moved to the Forney Museum of Transportation. See them here.

Find more information on Project Mercury here.


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