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heng44
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posted 04-11-2008 10:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Sometimes you have to be lucky as a spaceflight historian. My friend Noah Bradley recently bought via eBay a large number of sketches, paintings and documents which had belonged to Allen A. Stevens. The name Stevens will probably not mean anything to space enthusiasts, but his work is widely known.

During the 1960s and 1970s Stevens was a graphic designer for the Space Division of Rockwell International in California. The box that Noah bought contained the artistic legacy of Al Stevens. His belongings included various original artworks that were designs for the emblems of half a dozen Apollo mission. More importantly, the papers that were included proved beyond any doubt that Stevens was the man who made the final designs for the mission patches for Apollo-1, Apollo-7, Apollo-9 and Apollo-10. The maker of these emblems had not previously been identified.

Details about Stevens and his work will be published in an article I wrote for the June issue of ‘Spaceflight’. There will be many illustrations such as the one above. This is an early design for the Apollo-7 emblem, featuring the phoenix rising out of the ashes of the Apollo-1 fire.

Ed Hengeveld

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posted 04-11-2008 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill Hunt   Click Here to Email Bill Hunt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, that's fascinating, Ed. I'll looking forward to reading the piece! You'll have to let us know when it's on magazine racks.

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posted 04-11-2008 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ed-

Looking forward to the article. This Steven's piece of the "Phoenix rising from the ashes" is a great example of his incredible talent.

Tim

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posted 04-11-2008 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for andrewcli   Click Here to Email andrewcli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't wait to read the article. Where can you find this magazine? Barnes & Noble, Borders?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-11-2008 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Spaceflight can be found at B&N, though I have found it to be hit and miss between locations.

I have asked Ed for permission to reprint the article on collectSPACE, as we have done for other articles that have run in Spaceflight.

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posted 04-11-2008 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Andrew, I can highly recommend 'Spaceflight' magazine. This link will take you to the BIS home page, then take a look under 'Publications'.

Single issues and annual subscriptions can be ordered.

Nick
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posted 04-11-2008 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Robert, we both posted at 12.27 you know what they say about great minds...

O.K sometimes I get lucky.

Best Wishes,
Nick.

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posted 04-11-2008 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for andrewcli   Click Here to Email andrewcli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Nick!
Andrew

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posted 04-11-2008 04:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astroborg   Click Here to Email astroborg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wonder if Mr. Stevens is the artist responsible for the patch and art appearing at the bottom of the Apollo 8 web page at Gene Dorr's Space Mission Patches web site.

The graphic elements look remarkably similar.

-Rich

heng44
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posted 04-12-2008 01:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rich, he is! That will also be in my article...

Ed

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posted 04-12-2008 02:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for andrewcli   Click Here to Email andrewcli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Ed, I also noticed on the Aurora Galleries that Mr. Stevens also had his hand on the Apollo 11 patch, lot 683, October, 2006.

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posted 04-12-2008 05:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stevens made the patches for Apollo 1, 7, 9 and 10. He made designs for Apollo 8, 11, 12 and 17 as well as Skylab 3 (and possibly more).

Ed

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posted 05-10-2008 03:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Here is another Al Stevens emblem design as a teaser for the article, which will be published in the June issue of SPACEFLIGHT to come out this week.

Ed Hengeveld

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posted 05-10-2008 07:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Simply beautiful! I'd like to hear Al Bean's reaction to this - artist to artist.

Tim

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posted 05-10-2008 09:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by heng44:
...to come out this week.
The article will also be reprinted on collectSPACE during the week of May 18.

butch wilks
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posted 05-17-2008 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe I have got four of Mr. Al Stevens' patches made up from the artwork by Randy Hunt in my collection.

They are, as pictured in Spaceflight magazine: the Apollo 8 patch (page 221); the first patch on page 222 (but it has Apollo 9 on it and not 8 as on this page); the second patch for Apollo 11 patch on page 224; and I have one for Apollo 12 that is not shown in the article.

I wonder if Randy made up more of them as I would love to see them. My thanks goes to all for making this article happen. Thank you all.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-20-2008 07:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The man behind the Moon mission patches
The Apollo emblems of artist Al Stevens
by Ed Hengeveld
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Sometimes you have to be lucky as a space flight historian. A friend, Noah Bradley, purchased on eBay recently a collection of sketches, paintings and documents that had belonged to one 'Allen A. Stevens'. That name will probably not immediately mean much to space enthusiasts, but his artwork is widely recognized.

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posted 05-21-2008 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Charles     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
The Apollo emblems of artist Al Stevens by Ed Hengeveld
I enjoyed reading this article on Al Stevens' designs for early Apollo patches. In reference to the Apollo 7 patch, this weekend I had the opportunity to show Walt Cunningham the concept Ed described in the first article in this thread. He recognized it from the Internet--possibly even this thread--but didn't seem to recall it from 1968. In addition, he said he designed the Apollo 7 patch.

I offer this as additional background to Ed's interesting article on Stevens, to illustrate how events four decades ago can have multiple interpretations.

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posted 05-22-2008 12:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John, interesting observation by Walt Cunningham. In my opinion he 'designed' the Apollo 7 emblem in the same sense that Gene Cernan designed the Apollo 17 emblem: he gave directions to the artist. But still I think Al Stevens should be (co-)credited for the final product.

Ed

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posted 05-22-2008 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for keith.wilson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great article Ed.......just what all us patch collectors like to read!

Keith

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posted 05-22-2008 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well done, Ed!!!! Great to see Mr. Stevens' work acknowledged.

heng44
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posted 05-22-2008 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks everybody.

One more point concerning Walt Cunningham's remarks. Some time ago he signed a few of the original artworks for Noah. On one of the phoenix designs he wrote: "The phoenix is what we really wanted". On another: "Interesting - would have worked". One of the final versions prompted this comment: "This one expressed my concept. Needs one small change". This suggests to me that the crew (Cunningham) suggested themes, which Stevens then turned into designs for approval or rejection.

Ed

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posted 05-22-2008 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ed and everyone-

My opinion based on all of the posts tell me that Cunningham was probably the "patch project manager" for the crew. As with todays' shuttle crews it's usually a first time flyer who gathers the crew input and deals with the artist.

Cunningham probably feels that he did design the patch because of his role - and he deserves to feel that way. But the evidence clearly points to Al Stevens who created the actual art that became the patch. Thanks to Ed and Noah and Larry now we know too.

Tim

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posted 05-22-2008 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ed,
Your article was very informative and the alternate patch designs are interesting.

heng44
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posted 05-30-2008 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received an interesting reaction to the article, although it has nothing to do with Al Stevens.

Wayne Begnaud wrote me that he participated in the design of the ASTP crew patch. In August 2007 he attended SpaceFest in Mesa, Arizona, and spoke to several former Apollo moonwalkers and Skylab astronauts, as well as emblem artist Robert McCall.

Jack Lousma told him that the patch design for STS-3 was made by McCall. However, when launch day approached he had to fly out to McCall's studio in Arizona in his T-38 to pick-up the patch design before McCall had time to complete it. Lousma then took the incomplete artwork to his former Skylab commander Alan Bean, who completed patch details in the payload bay of the shuttle. Wayne later spoke to Bean, who confirmed his contribution to the STS-3 patch.

I thought this would be interesting to the patch lovers here...

Ed

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Ed, I just want you to know that retirees knew Stevens here for his creative art as well. We found one painting that the city of Downey was happy to get. It focuses on the S-II and dates about 1970. (A two engined nuc. powered S-II gives it away!)

Many "Bald Eagles" (retirees) have been discussing the article.

But... who were the artists who produced the famous 'Apollo Mission Profile' set that showed How Apollo went to the Moon? It was updated thru out the 60's.

J.M. Busby
Aerospace Legacy Foundation
Downey, California

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