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rchappel
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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?

spaced out
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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.

Rizz
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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?

mode1charlie
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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.

KSCartist
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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.

J.L
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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.

LM-12
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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. The mission's path more resembled a "U" shape as the moon traveled along its own orbital path.

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

liftoff1
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posted 05-14-2019 12:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for liftoff1   Click Here to Email liftoff1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the method of determining the age of the various Apollo 8 mission patches?

I have seen patches that incorporate what appears to be a "cheese cloth" stitching on the back as well as some that have a normal stitch pattern and even some that have a back that appears to be some kind of plastic.

I am referring only to the patches with the black border on the front.

liftoff1
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posted 05-18-2019 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for liftoff1   Click Here to Email liftoff1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone tell me what the differences are between these three versions of the Apollo 8 mission patches? Were these made by different companies at different time frames, are they all considered "original," etc.?

David Carey
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posted 05-18-2019 04:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chris Spain (spaced out) provided a link to his great website in the second post - should provide some of what you're after by way of manufacturer info and ID.

Note you will need to scroll down to the 3" Embroidered Mission Patches section and click on the "Show Content" button to right of header to expand. Two of your patches are discussed, I believe, though not the plastic-backed example (assuming all are same size).

Perhaps some patch experts can chime in on dating and what defines "original." Chris' Introduction page states that plastic-backed AB patches reflect later-70s production but can't say if that applies to yours.

liftoff1
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posted 05-18-2019 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for liftoff1   Click Here to Email liftoff1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, David. I had been to Chris' website but hadn't noticed the "Show Content" icon and therefore missed seeing the explanation of the variations.

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