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|Voyager1975||Does anyone have an AB Emblem NASA worm logo patch that they bought in either the 1980's or early 1990's? If so, can you share a picture?|
I recently got a worm logo patch on eBay but I am not sure if it is the same as the one sold back then. I have seen a picture of the Lion Brothers worm patch, but not of an early AB Emblem version.
|Mike Dixon||I have an AB worm from 1978... all you need do is post what you've got and I can tell you if it's identical to mine.|
|Voyager1975||Are you sure you patch is not from Lion Brothers? Does it have vertical lines in the stitching when you hold it against the light?|
|Mike Dixon||Vertical lines? You're referring to the NASA or something else? |
At the time (this was on a U.S. visit) I bought many patches... and they were all in AB packaging.
|Kevin T. Randall||Did Lion Brothers make any versions of the NASA 'worm' patch? I've not see one yet. |
|Voyager1975||I was told that the NASA worm logo patch Erik (hoorenz) has was made by Lion Brothers. I had always thought that the worm logo patch was made only by AB Emblem. So yeah maybe someone can clarify this.|
|Bull_Eckert||Many years ago, while wandering around an open-air market, I found an aged NASA "Worm" patch. At that time I wasn't a patch collector, although I was already very interested in the space program, so I purchased it. Years later, I'm still intrigued about the manufacturer. |
Perhaps it is an old fake patch, I don't know. It resembles the "Worm" version used by astronauts at the end of the seventies (that one with the "S" slightly different from the original artwork).
Below is an image from that patch (I've included the patch made by AB Emblem for comparison). Does anybody know anything about its possible manufacturer and its age?
|Glint||I'm no patch expert, but it would also post scans of their reverse side.|
|Spaceguy5||Are you sure that one isn't AB Emblems? The artwork looks pretty much identical to the newer patch, only of course the satin stitch that makes up the lettering is thicker (probably due to using older equipment).|
|Bull_Eckert||I've scanned the back of the patch. The former owner put some glue in it. Fortunately, most of it can be removed:|
I've seen earlier versions of the "Worm" patch manufactured by AB Emblems and the lettering in them is slightly thinner.
|Hart Sastrowardoyo||Always thought the white on blue NASA worm patches were neat — anybody have a source on where to purchase one? |
They show up prominently on the STS-8 crew photo.
|328KF||The patches pictured above are pretty standard souvenir versions. The original NASA worm patches had rounded edges and a "ribbed" stitching in the white area. This is an example from Guy Bluford's in-flight shirt: |
On the blue background/white NASA worm, I did some research and I think this is where they came from. The white lettering in this version is substantially larger than the standard NASA sleeve patch, and was seen on the blue flight suits up to roughly STS-8:
These do not have the rounded edges and a larger total size than the standard NASA period patch.
Not too long ago, one of the NASA suit techs/closeout crewmembers had some items in the Goldberg auction, which made me remember that back in the '80's, the white room guys had blue NASA worms on the back of their coveralls. Here is one of those patches from the auction:
This back patch appears to me to be the same stitching and color as the astronaut flight suit patch. I think what they did was took these larger patches, trimmed them down, and put an edging around them to apply to the flight suits.
There may have been some additional uncut patches offered in this auction or another recent one, if memory serves. Unfortunately, I was not able to locate any screen captures or still photos of the closeout crew showing these back patches, but they were quite common in those days.
Hope this is of interest to you.
|Bull_Eckert||NASA astronauts also wore the Worm patch in its square version (no rounded edges) as seen on many portraits from 1978. The following picture is from Guy Bluford's portrait (S78-35290):|
The patch seen in this image appears to be fully embroidered, and the "S" in it is slightly different from the original artwork (as seen in the image of the unknown patch I posted before). Perhaps a partially-embroidered version was also used in those years (?).
|Mike Z||I have been looking for years for the white NASA worm on the blue background. Any ideas?|
|328KF||Another good project for our great patch replicator Chris Spain? |
|Bill Nelson||AB Emblem and the Space Store sell a NASA worm patch similar to the ones worn on the early shuttle missions. The patch with the rounded edges.|
|Bill Nelson||Dale Gardner made a speech at our group and he has the blue patch with white NASA on his flight jacket. |
|Liembo||This is the patch from Dick Scobee's jacket at the Museum of Flight in Seattle: |