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Ken Havekotte
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From: Merritt Island, Florida, Brevard
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posted 07-01-2008 10:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would be good to see and record from cS members what pinbacks were issued throughout the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and ASTP eras.

I've always wanted to do something like this, but just didn't have the necessary time. While some of my pinbacks go back to the Mercury era (only a limited few), naturally most of them were produced for the later Apollos (many from Apollos 8 and 11), Skylabs, and Apollo-Soyuz.

Some were space company or contractor produced, like an Apollo 9 "The First Manned Mission — NASA/Grumman Lunar Module," while others were created for souvenir purposes. My favorites are those that were vintage-era produced and not later fabrications or replicas.

Go4Launch
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From: Seminole, Fla.
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posted 07-01-2008 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken, I have never seen a pinback button for MR-4. Nor for Gemini 5, or Gemini 8-12. Nor have I seen any for Apollo 7 and 12.

archie_gus
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posted 07-02-2008 08:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for archie_gus   Click Here to Email archie_gus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I could have sworn there was a small (3"?) pin commemorating Apollo 12. It was white with blue lettering. I've seen it offered on eBay once. Like Ken, I too would be interested in seeing what pinbacks are available, especially from the Mercury-Gemini-Apollo days. Every time I think I have all the Glenn pinbacks, I find another that I didn't have.

Go4Launch
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posted 07-02-2008 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, sorry, you are correct -- that was a typo. I meant Apollo 7 and 10. 12 did have a button.

kosmo
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posted 07-04-2008 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm in the process of developing a web page that includes my space related pin back button collection. Because of this thread, I thought I would show some pictures of what I have. They are not in order of flight, I put them in displays as I get them, I like the mixed look. I've tried to concentrate on Mercury thru Apollo/Soyuz, but there are shuttle and other odds 'n' sods. It's not complete by any means. Hope you enjoy.

kosmo
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posted 07-04-2008 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Philip
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posted 07-05-2008 03:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Superb collection... I have a bout the same thing for unmanned spaceflight.

mensax
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posted 07-05-2008 06:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice collection! Congrats and thanks for sharing. I really like the "Welcome Home Astronaut Wally".

spaceman1953
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posted 07-05-2008 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love pinback buttons, always have, a political hack, I would latch on to anything I could ever get. When I found a space one here or there, I was always delighted.

The fifth frame has that big Neil Armstrong "orange" button. I got my first one in Wapakoneta at Tranquility Base, a storefront that was in a shopping center. I over heard a conversation from the guy selling them, that it was a fundraising item for the Neil Armstrong Museum that would be built, it cost a quarter, and I bought one.

I always wanted to make "replica" Hornet Plus Three buttons ever since 1974 or '75 when I bought my first button making machine but I never could find out the size of the button or the real, actual colors. I wanted it to be as close to authentic as possible, but never have made a replica one.

You find buttons in the strangest places, to be sure. Thanks for sharing all those pictures!

Gilbert
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posted 07-08-2008 01:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yours is the best button collection I've seen. I collect buttons, but have only about a third of what you have.

ea757grrl
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posted 07-08-2008 03:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by spaceman1953:
I always wanted to make "replica" Hornet Plus Three buttons ever since 1974 or '75 when I bought my first button making machine but I never could find out the size of the button or the real, actual colors. I wanted it to be as close to authentic as possible, but never have made a replica one.
There were replica buttons available for sale aboard Hornet in 1999, but they didn't look anything like the real thing. "Hornet Plus Three" on canary yellow stock in undersized, standard Helvetica, and not anywhere near being close. (Still, I bought one.) I'd just about give my eyeteeth for one, or for an accurate replica.

Kosmo, that's a gorgeous collection, and there are more than a few that provoked envy here! Thank you for sharing.

spaceman
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From: Walsall, West Midlands, UK
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posted 07-08-2008 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I see such a superb collection, it makes me feel like giving up.

Thanks for posting the images a truly great collection. It also provides a great guide to many that I am missing.

Without this site we would have no idea of exactly how much space stuff there is out there, happy collecting!

kosmo
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posted 10-08-2015 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just thought cS members would enjoy a look at my up-dated Mercury through Apollo pin-back button collection, now in some order.

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