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dogcrew5369
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posted 09-22-2010 09:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could someone possibly post a photo of their signed Apollo 7 patch? I'd love to see how it with his signature on it.

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posted 09-22-2010 09:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted 09-23-2010 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Vostok   Click Here to Email Vostok     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Note the initials WC for Walter Cunningham, as in the personalized Lion Brothers patches for astronauts.

By the way, I ordered mine today.

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posted 09-25-2010 02:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a very quick note about the patch. Obviously, this has become a VERY popular collectible that WILL NOT be repeated. While Walt waits for the second batch to get to him, I would highly advise you to order one if you want one. He [and I] cannot believe how quickly they have blown out [and he originally wanted to make a lot less]. I would HIGHLY SUGGEST that you get your order in as soon as possible. I'm sure the balance will blow out just as quickly as the first. It's a beautiful patch and you really shouldn't miss out.

As the last remaining member of the Apollo 7 crew, this is a real nice thing to have from Walt. He had no idea how popular it would become. He was just upset at all of the "bad copies" that have come out over the years.

I'm sure that Walt won't mind me speaking for him when he says that he really appreciates all of the kind remarks and responses to this patch. He really wanted to bring out an affordable, limited edition collectable. I think he did a great job.

Just as an FYI, he's digging through some very old paperwork to see if he can find the original Phoenix design that NASA wouldn't approve. If he finds it, would there be any interest in it? At this point, he doesn't even know if he still has it, but he's looking.

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On the Phoenix patch, given the overwhelmingly positive response to this one, my guess would be yes.

GACspaceguy
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posted 09-25-2010 04:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I for one would be very interested.

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Is this it?

divemaster
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posted 09-25-2010 05:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have no idea. I've never seen what he was talking about. If it's that easy to find, my guess would be that there might be something else in his files. I THINK he said there was also a Saturn 1b in the design. But I could be very wrong.

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posted 09-25-2010 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by arjuna:
Is this it?
If it is, then a limited edition patch was already produced by Tim Gagnon.

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posted 09-25-2010 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Below is the final home for an unsigned patch, number 27. I have placed it in the Apollo 7 section of my displays.

I have it in with the picture of Wally and Walt checking out their CM after splashdown. I picked up the signed picture from Farthest Reaches and had Wally personalize it during one of their signings. Below that framed pic is a small display of Donn Eisele, including a signed check.

Just wanted to show how well the patch fit in and added color to a B&W photo. Thanks so much Walt and Dot for allowing the space collecting community such a wonderful opportunity!

arjuna
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An interesting article on the subject of Al Steven's designs (including early ones on Apollo 7) can be found here.

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posted 09-25-2010 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by divemaster:
Just as an FYI, he's digging through some very old paperwork to see if he can find the original Phoenix design that NASA wouldn't approve. If he finds it, would there be any interest in it? At this point, he doesn't even know if he still has it, but he's looking.

Personally I'd like to see a "Rub-a-dub-dub" patch for Apollo 7. The origins of this can be found on Gene Dorr's web site.

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posted 09-26-2010 10:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steven Kaplan   Click Here to Email Steven Kaplan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Patch #8 has arrived in New Jersey, and it's a beauty. Thanks to Mr. Cunningham (and the assist to Tim) for offering this wonderful collectible.

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posted 09-28-2010 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for edorr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess I should explain the Rub-a-Dub-Dub reference.

There's an article by Dora Jane Hamblin that was published in the October 8, 1968 issue of Life magazine entitled, Spacecraft Anonymous. As implied by the title, it starts out being a lament over the lack of capsule names after Molly Brown was officially banned (though unofficially used); but then segues into a discussion of crew patches. I wanted to offer it on my site, as the earliest article I'm aware of to deal with the topic. After pursuing copyright permission with hope (and forks), it turned out that Time-Life still owns the copyright to this article, and they require a $750 fee for reproduction rights (but for the text only, no illustrations!).

But what (you are undoubtedly asking) does this have to do with Rub-a-Dub-Dub? Well ... under the presumption that a short excerpt falls under the "fair use" guidelines, here's the very beginning of the article:

"About a year ago Major Donn F. Eisele, one of three astronauts who will orbit the earth in the Apollo spacecraft scheduled to be launched this week, suggested with cheerful irreverence that Rub a Dub Dub might be a nice name for the ship. Then 10-year-old Karin Stafford, the daughter of the flight's backup commander, immediately sat down with a pencil and drew the fanciful suit patch design shown above: an old-fashioned bathtub with human feet, a rickety shower pipe and three heads peering over the tub top."

And what of moorouge's reference? I privately shared the article with him. And if Time-Life ever relents, I still have it ready to go....

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posted 09-28-2010 07:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know how many are left? I would love to get one.

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 09-28-2010 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Number 95 made a safe landing in Georgia today. It's a nicely done patch with a hand signed LOA.

Thanks for making it available.

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posted 09-28-2010 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So is 95 a signed patch?

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 09-29-2010 08:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yep, the patch is signed as well. In fact, the signature on the patch left a little smudge on the LOA. But still I'm delighted with the item.

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posted 09-29-2010 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So Mr. Cunningham is not being consistent, both signed and unsigned patches are coming with signed and unsigned COA's? That’s interesting!

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posted 09-30-2010 01:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
May I add further to Apollo 7 and 'Rub-a-dub-dub'.

Yes - Gene was kind enough to share the article with me. However, 'Rub-a-dub-dub' was widely mentioned as a suggested name for the CSM at the time of the flight and that name appears in the 1968 edition of my booklet 'Manned Spaceflight' for the Apollo 7 flight. This pre-dates the Hamblin article by a few months.

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posted 09-30-2010 07:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By a strange co-incidence the origin of the nursery rhyme appeared in a national UK newspaper today.

'Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub' it seems is not quite so innocent as it seems. Of course, the Apollo 7 astronauts made the lighthearted reference to their opinion of the Apollo capsule.

However, the rhyme dates back to the 15th century when a 'tub' refers to a popular peep show attraction at fairs. Further, the original version has not the butcher, baker and candlestick maker as its characters but 'maids' who offered salacious entertainment in the 'tub'.

Hence, it should read - "Rub-a-dub-dub three maids in a tub and who do you think were there? The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker and all of them gone to the fair."

I hope cSers will enjoy this little history lesson and that it will not put off someone in the future from producing a patch. Mark you, it does open up all sorts of possibilities!!

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posted 10-05-2010 08:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Playalinda   Click Here to Email Playalinda     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I apologize. I underestimated the demand. I am waiting for the last half of the limited edition to arrive and will send your order as soon as they arrive - at least 10 days.
Has the second half of the limited edition patches arrived? Is there still patches available?

Thanks to Walt for your continued service to the country and space collectors.

Gilbert
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posted 10-12-2010 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What's the status of the second batch of patches? I ordered mine on 9/14 and haven't received it yet.

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posted 10-12-2010 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ddrwilli   Click Here to Email ddrwilli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seems that the second batch of patches has arrived, because #181 reached my mailbox today. Thank you, Mr. Cunningham, for a beautiful patch!

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posted 10-12-2010 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for j0s9   Click Here to Email j0s9     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My signed patch also arrived today, definitely it is better than pictured. It came with a signed certificate. Thanks a lot Mr. Cunningham!!!

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posted 10-13-2010 11:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin T. Randall   Click Here to Email Kevin T. Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My signed patch No#144 arrived safely in the mail to-day, (many thanks), but Mr Cunningham didn't sign the COA.

Has everybody with a signed patch had a signed COA as well? Or am I one who has slipped through the net? I'd be interested to know.

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posted 10-13-2010 11:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for butch wilks   Click Here to Email butch wilks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got my patch today, so patch number 152 is with me.

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posted 10-14-2010 12:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ddrwilli   Click Here to Email ddrwilli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My patch (#181) is signed, but the COA is not.

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posted 10-14-2010 12:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kevin, my COA wasn't signed either, although in my case I ordered an unsigned patch.

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posted 10-14-2010 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My patch (#20) is signed as is the COA. This is a great patch.

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posted 10-16-2010 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Number 143 made it safely to my house--only slightly late for my birthday! No signed COA for me however. Odd that some signed--don't you think?

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posted 10-17-2010 07:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a wild guess here - the signed patches are coming with signed COAs and the unsigned patches are coming with unsigned COAs?

Rumor has it that Walt and Scott Carpenter are going to chat in November about an Aurora 7 50th anniversary patch for 2012. I'll bet that is the only possible SIGNED 50th anniversary patch that could possibly be produced for a very long time.

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posted 10-17-2010 08:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received my signed patch, but the COA was unsigned, this week.

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posted 10-17-2010 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, I bought a SIGNED patch but got an unsigned COA. So much for that theory.

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No, I bought a SIGNED patch but got an unsigned COA. So much for that theory.

I guess you could e-mail Walt and ask for a signed one

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posted 10-20-2010 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I ordered an A7 patch back on September 14 using PayPal but haven't received it yet. Has anyone else ordered earlier than me and not received their patch?

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I ordered an A7 patch back on September 14...Has anyone else...not received their patch?

Try to contact Mr. Cunningham to his email. I order mine on September 24 and already received it on October 12.

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posted 10-27-2010 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I emailed Walt, his wife Dot, Tracy and have not received a reply from any of them. Still no patch.

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posted 10-27-2010 04:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Strange that there is no 'quality control' with this type of item, especially the signed patches. I ordered an unsigned one and got it within a week; unfortunately it did not have a cardboard or other stiff insert inside and it came a little bent.

Gilbert
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posted 10-31-2010 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got an email from Dot Cunningham. My patch order got delayed somehow through PayPal and the Cunninghams have been out of the country for several days. She assured me the patch I ordered would be shipped this coming week.


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