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dmash4077
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From: Prattville Al
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posted 06-30-2007 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dmash4077   Click Here to Email dmash4077     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering if anybody knows anything about a patch for "Enos The Chimp"?

dtemple
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posted 06-30-2007 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dtemple   Click Here to Email dtemple     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This patch I believe to have been produced by Randy Hunt. He sells a variety of reproduction patches as well as patches designed by him (or someone anyway) such as the "Banana 7" patch.

This patch is no more official than any of the souvenir Mercury patches available today. If you like the patch, then you got a good deal. If you thought it was an original Project Mercury era patch, then you did not.

Evidently, this patch is an example of one bought from him, then resold. Unfortunately, the information on the source of the patch was lost by the time it got to the eBay seller from whom you bought it.

That is going to happen with Hunt's reproduction patches, too. I know because I have seen them offered by secondary owners who knew nothing about the patches.

dmash4077
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posted 06-30-2007 03:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dmash4077   Click Here to Email dmash4077     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks! I just like the patch, I didn't think that it was Mercury era. I had just never seen it before... Good addition then. Thanks for the info.

Gator
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posted 06-30-2007 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gator   Click Here to Email Gator     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just to clarify one point on the Mercury 5 patch. I originally had it made just because there was no patch for Enos out there.

The person selling them now on eBay didn't get them from me. To my knowledge he or someone else has had them remade and are selling them now.

butch wilks
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posted 07-01-2007 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As a side note to the Enos the chimp patch, I have a Mercury 2 "Ham the Chimp" patch that that I got off Randy. The two patches make a good looking pair.

perineau
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posted 11-17-2012 06:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have a photo of a Mercury-Redstone 2 "Ham the Chimp" patch? I heard it exists, but... (continuing my ongoing curiosity for oddball patches). Thanks for any help!

Editor's note: Threads merged.

The Snork
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posted 11-17-2012 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for The Snork     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since the first official patch (that wasn't a flag, meatball, or Name tag) was Gemini 5. Any thing prior to that is probably just a souvenir patch like this:

perineau
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posted 11-18-2012 02:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for posting that - I didn't know an "Enos" patch existed as well

perineau
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posted 05-01-2013 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have a scan of the Mercury MR-2 Ham the Chimp patch? (I don't make or sell patches, it's for a history project on humor and the space program). Any help would be most appreciated!

Liembo
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posted 05-01-2013 01:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Snork:
...probably just a souvenir patch like this
That version is much better than this remake version, which looks more like "ZOMBIE 7".

perineau
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posted 05-02-2013 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for posting that, but it was the Ham the chimp Mercury 2 patch that I was asking about...

dogcrew5369
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posted 05-06-2013 10:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good grief! Terrible chimp on that patch. Looks like Boris Karloff instead of Enos. Creepiest patch I've ever seen.

perineau
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posted 09-25-2013 02:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have a scan of the Mercury 2 Ham the Chimp patch? It's for a history project about space patches and humor. Thanks for your help!

perineau
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posted 10-26-2013 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone seen a photo of a patch for MR-2 with Ham the Chimp ? (It's NOT to copy the patch, I'm just trying to find a photo to complete a text about space age humor from the 60s). Thanks for any help!

perineau
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posted 04-25-2014 06:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm renewing my request for a scan or photo of a Mercury 2 Ham the Chimp patch as part of an ongoing history project about humor and the space age - any help would be much appreciated!

Liembo
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posted 04-25-2014 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not sure such a patch exists?

butch wilks
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posted 04-26-2014 01:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Photos sent, hope they help.

I have the Ham patch and the Eno patch too.

perineau
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posted 04-26-2014 03:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for perineau   Click Here to Email perineau     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many thanks, Butch!

Liembo
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posted 04-26-2014 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would you mind sharing the Ham patch photo here? I am curious as to what it looked like.

Ronpur
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posted 04-26-2014 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would love to see it as well. I have Enos, but have never seen a Ham!

spaced out
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posted 04-27-2014 03:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In terms of a history project it may be important to note that these patches are all modern creations rather than examples of original 1960s humour.

That said, it's possible they're based on cartoons or decals that may be older.

butch wilks
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posted 04-27-2014 04:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I did my research for my recovery ships patches set I was putting together, I emailed a crewman on Ham's recovery ship USS Donner (LSD-20).

His name is AL Halfrey. I think he heads the USS Donner (LSD-20) veterans association. It's been some time now but I have an address for him if you need it.

He did a bit on Ham for Astrophile issue; volume 50 number 5, "The Life and Times of 'No. 65' Ham the Chimp."

He was a big help in getting the ship patch. The letter I got in from him had more than the patch in it. It had mission photos. I've add my Mercury 2 Ham the Chimp patch made by Randy Hunt.

USS Donner (LSD-20) ship's patch at the time.

USS STORMES ship's patch, ENOS the chimp's recovery ship.

Ham with the USS Donner captain; Commander Ralph A. Brackett USN, checking on Ham as he was taken from the capsule to the ship's hospital.

butch wilks
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posted 04-27-2014 04:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
USS Donner (LSD-20) as Ham's capsule comes in to land on the ship.

Close up of the landing from the photo.

ENOS capsule by the side of the USS STORMES. I think it's in a test to see how well the capsule floated after reentry.the capsule was higher and faster coming back into the atmosphere then the sub-orbital missions, and as it only in the sea for a short time before being lifted out by helicopter to the ship. note; the die-bag is still working and this will help to see if the capsule has a leak in it.

Ham in his lower part of his life pod chair from the capsule.

butch wilks
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posted 04-27-2014 04:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As Mercury had no mission patches, they are all modern creations, and as they where made by Randy Hunt only a few years ago, the two chimp patches are modern.

But with the passing of Randy, they are now getting older and hard to get hold off. and as we can see by the new ENOS patch just how good Randy's patches are (sometimes). So as the only patches for the mission, modern or not, they help add a bit of fun to a little remembered and often forgotten missions of all the astro chimps that pave the way to the stars and the start to a new hobby collectSPACE.

QuiGon Grin
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posted 04-30-2014 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for QuiGon Grin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A bit off topic, but as I think many of us are into patch identification it looks like Cmdr. Brackett has the ship patch on the right breast of his jacket, but what is that on the left? It looks like a black skull with yellow vectors over it.

butch wilks
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posted 04-30-2014 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry, I cannot help you on that one. Sorry.

Ronpur
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posted 04-30-2014 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think it looks like a wolf's or tiger's head, might be a squadron patch.

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