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From: Santa Clara, CA, USA
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posted 07-23-2010 06:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rasorenson   Click Here to Email rasorenson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't recall ever seeing a list of the artists or creators of the patches for the manned Gemini flights - beginning with Gemini 5. Anyone know the answer?


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posted 07-23-2010 08:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for webhamster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The only one I know for certain is that Gemini X was drawn by Barbara Young (John Young's wife at the time).

Everything else always seems to be credited to "crew".


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posted 07-23-2010 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sts205cdr   Click Here to Email sts205cdr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check out a book titled "All We Did Was Fly to the Moon," by Dick Lattimer (ISBN 0-9611228-0-3). Also,


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posted 12-01-2018 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for edorr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A McDonnell Aircraft artist named Anthony Tharenos did the artwork for the Gemini 12 patch, as well as a version for the Gemini 12 backup crew. See the Gemini 12 page on my site for photos, one of which includes a handwritten note of appreciation to Tharenos from the Gemini 12 crew.

As webhamster mentioned, John Young's wife Barbara (who was a professional artist) designed the Gemini 10 patch.

In the Vol. 23 No. 4 issue of Quest magazine, Amanda Wegener posits that Neil Armstrong did the basic design for the Gemini 8 patch, backing this up with sketches from his personal papers. (My only reservation about this theory is the marked variation in quality between the "billiard table" sketch and the "spectrum" sketch. Just because the sketch is among Armstrong's papers, doesn't prove he executed it. On the other hand, since I haven't had any success in my attempts to contact the archivist at Purdue, Ms. Wegener may well have further information that backs up her theory. I'm assuming that to be the case for now.)

There is evidence that William Bradley designed, or at least did the artwork for, the Gemini 7 patch. Bradley worked for MSC film subcontractor AV Corporation.

According to Mr. Tharenos, most of the artwork for Gemini patches was done by artists in McDonnell Aircraft art department. In addition to his own design for the Gemini 12 patch, he provided an image of the artwork for the Gemini 5 patch that carried a McDonnell Aircraft photo lab stamp (again, see my site).

That's about all I have to add. I wish I knew more.

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