Getting near Alan Shepard’s historic Freedom 7 space flight anniversary (May 5, 1961).
José Jiménez was a fictional Mexican astronaut character created and performed by comedian Bill Dana. Astronaut Jiménez caught on with the Mercury astronauts, specially with Alan Shepard: he could recite many of Dana’s Jiménez routines by heart. The character became a sort Mercury program’s unofficial mascot, and Dana was even made the “eighth astronaut”.
Looks like the conveniently startling Bill Jack Instrument MA-3 pressure served as the model for this well finished headgear prop.