Commemorative Plate

Astronomy

Accession Number: 2019.ast.115

Description:

This is a plastic plate commemorating the 1969 moon landing. On the front side, it has printed on it an image of an astronaut standing on the moon, with the lunar lander and a solar wind experiment nearby. Over this, it reads, “THAT’S ONE SMALL STEP FOR A MAN, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND” and below this “MICHAEL COLLINS – NEIL ARMSTRONG – EDWIN E. ALDRIN JR
JULY 20, 1969 9:56 P.M. CDT”

The rear side of the plate is white, with a manufacturer’s label embossed in the middle.

Primary Materials: Plastic: Melamine

Markings:

Embossed in the centre of the rear of the plate: “TEXAS – WARE
Quality-Value
PMC”

Dimensions (cm): Diameter = 25.3, Height = 1.9

Function:

This commemorative plate was likely produced in the 1970s to celebrate the first moon landing.

Condition:

Excellent: The plate is in excellent good condition, with very small scratches visible on its surface.

Manufacturer: Plastics Manufacturing Company

Date of Manufacture: 1970s

Provenance:

This object was moved from the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill in 2009, upon the sale of the observatory. It was stored at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics until 2017, when it was moved to a new storage location in McLennan Physical Laboratories.