Glen Ellyn, Illinois: The United States Rocket Society, Inc., 1953. Octavo, single issue, illustrations, pictorial self wrappers, stapled. This issue is not dated (other than 1953 copyright date) or numbered. "The first issue of ROCKETS appeared in May 1945. STARTLING STORIES, the science fiction [magazine], was not impressed with the first issue -- nor its price --- a truly startling $1 per issue, for what was a relatively small quarterly -- it measured about ten pages. Later issues, though, were more professional, and STARTLING STORIES's reviewer called it excellent, and admitted he had changed his mind. ROCKETS seems to have inspired Farnsworth to reissue a pamphlet he had written -- ROCKETS: NEW TRAIL TO EMPIRE. Farnsworth’s proclamation of a new manifest destiny had varying success among science fiction fans. STARTLING STORIES continued to recommend ROCKETS through the 1940s, and even opened its pages to Farnsworth. He published 'First Target in Space' in the September 1948 issue and 'Rocket Target No. 2' in May 1949. The first reiterated, once again, Farnsworth’s idea that Americans should claim the Moon ... ROCKETS continued into the late 1950s, still advertised in POPULAR SCIENCE; however, its price had come down -- $1.00 per year for those under 18, $3.00 for those older. By that point, Farnsworth had relocated to Nevada, reaching that state in 1955. He worked as a real estate appraiser and was president of the Tennessee Uranium Mining Company." - From an Oblique Angle. A very good copy. All issues of ROCKETS are scarce. (#163921).

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