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posted 11-12-2009 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rchappel   Click Here to Email rchappel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know almost nothing about patches but I am putting together some Apollo 8 items that I am going to get framed together and I want to include an "authentic" period Apollo 8 patch. Is there one universally accepted Apollo 8 patch (AB vs. Lion, etc)?

Also, once I find one, how do I know it actually is from that era?

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posted 11-13-2009 01:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would say either a Lion Brothers version or a vintage (bare cloth back) AB Emblem version would be valid for what you propose. Either would be authentic period pieces.

There is another patch design that was actually carried on the mission and which you see in Apollo 8 presentations from the time but this "Crew Souvenir Patch" is extremely rare. In fact I've only seen one example sold that wasn't either flown or mounted with a flown item in an original presentation.

Check out the Apollo 8 page of my Crew Patches site for images of the various patches from that mission, and do read the Introduction page for background information on collecting vintage patches.


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posted 11-04-2010 10:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone ever seen an Apollo 8 patch (rectangular) with horses on it?


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posted 11-04-2010 11:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't know who produced the patch, but there is some info here on the origin of the design.


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posted 11-05-2010 02:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's the information you're looking for.
The crews of Apollo 1, Apollo 7, Apollo 9 and Apollo 10 wore the work of artist Allen S. Stevens...

While not selected as the official mission emblem Stevens also created designs for Apollo 8, Apollo 11, Apollo 12 and Apollo 17.


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posted 11-06-2010 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for J.L   Click Here to Email J.L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Even though this patch is primarily thought of as a novelty, NASA considered it "official" enough to issue an official press photo - S68-53480.


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posted 01-31-2015 01:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If the positions of the Earth and the moon were reversed in the Apollo 8 mission emblem, then the moon would be in the foreground, and the names of the crew would be "orbiting" the moon instead of the Earth.

The Apollo 8 emblem has the translunar and transearth paths crossing. But this mission diagram shows a path that more resembles a "U" shape as the moon traveled along its own orbital path.

Even so, the figure "8" design was a great idea.

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