Window shade retainer for the forward flight deck windows of the Space Shuttle as used in the early flights.
Obvious signs of use. Same as the flight items but presumed to be from a trainer and not flown.
Consists of a hinged assembly with a web fabric pull tab, edging, and Velcro.
Retaining feature used Velcro hook and pile strips with adhesive backing. But adhesive has failed over time, with the Velcro strips now
mated. (The Velcro strips on No. 3 have come off. Others will eventually come off as well.)
These items came from the Charles Bell estate. Bell was a NASA employee at the Kennedy Space Center and a lifelong collector of space
Retainer 1 bears scrape marks from its removal by NASA:
STS-3 on-orbit view of window retainers (NASA photo):
Iconic flight deck photo of Sally Ride includes two window shade retainers (NASA photo):