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Posts: 42
From: Chelmsford, MA
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 05-03-2011 01:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for edorr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was really sorry to lose the recent eBay auction (140539134763) titled "Apollo 12 Mission Patch Designer Lot." I didn't care about the patch; what I wanted was the photo of the artist, Victor Craft.

While it would have been nice to have the original print, I would settle for a good scan of this photo. If the winner of this auction (or, for that matter, anyone who has this photo) would be willing to share a high-quality scan of this photo, I'd be willing to pay for it.

In fact, I'll extend this even further, to apply to photographs of the following artists:

  • Jean Bealieu (Apollo 14)
  • James Cooper (Apollo 11)
  • Victor Craft (Apollo 12)
  • Jerry Elmore (Apollo 15)
  • Barbara Matelski (Apollo 16 and Skylab 3)
  • Gene Rickman (Apollo 8)
  • Norman Tiller (Apollo 13)


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From: Walsall, West Midlands, UK
Registered: Dec 2002

posted 05-04-2011 06:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gene, noticed your post on Apollo patch artists. I remember purchasing an Apollo 11 patch poster print years ago signed by Jim Cooper. With the poster was a black and white 10x8 of the artist with Michael Collins. I have found the poster but not the photo... will keep looking. Knowing my luck it will show the back of his head.

Maybe someone else on here bought the print?

New Member

Posts: 1
From: Flintville TN 37335
Registered: Jun 2011

posted 06-14-2011 07:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bitsypeaces   Click Here to Email bitsypeaces     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was doing a search on my grandmother Barbara Matelski who sadly was taken from us 2 years ago. She would have been so happy at all the interest in the work she and her fellow artists are attracting. I have many photographs of her and the other artists. I will get them out and have them scanned for you, right now they are stored for archival purposes. She was a wonderful person and loved her work and shared many stories about her and "the guys". She cherished their time together. They all cut up and had fun while at work.

I hope I can be of help to you.


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From: Titusville, FL USA
Registered: Feb 2005

posted 06-14-2011 08:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Bitsypeaces" welcome to cS!

I know I speak for some others here that we would enjoy seeing any of your grandmothers work. Also we would love if you would share the stories about her working with the Apollo 16 and Skylab 3 crews.

Thanks for posting.


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From: Denver, CO USA
Registered: Jun 2004

posted 06-14-2011 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seconded! The mission patches are little portraits of history, and we always love to know and see more about the artists that our astronauts entrusted to realize their ideas and visions.

QuiGon Grin

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From: Rutherford, NJ 07070
Registered: Apr 2010

posted 06-26-2011 08:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for QuiGon Grin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I cube the motion. It would be great to put a face and name with the artwork which we hve admired for all these years.

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From: Greenville, SC USA
Registered: May 2012

posted 05-15-2012 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for markbharmon   Click Here to Email markbharmon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The artist who painted the Apollo 11, James R. Cooper, is my stepfather, and was married to my mother for more than 25 years.

Many don't know this, but when Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins returned from space, Michael Collins took the original Apollo 11 painting, and he and the other two astronauts signed the artwork and gave the original artwork back to my stepfather for him to keep. This was the only piece of Apollo artwork ever released back to the artist.

Here's the rub. I also possess photos of Michael Collins presenting the original artwork back to Jim. Spaceman (posted above) must have bought one from Jim when we lived in Houston. He sold them for commemorative purposes in 1989 for $65. Lucky fellow for sure.

I have the only three remaining prints of the signed artwork that Spaceman bought in 1989 (only five were sold in 1989). Each print is also originally and individually signed by James Cooper.

Henk Stroo

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From: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Registered: Feb 2000

posted 05-29-2012 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henk Stroo   Click Here to Email Henk Stroo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Twenty-four years ago I was at the Johnson Space Center visitor's center and bought an 18"x20" photo of the Apollo 11 patch signed in black by Armstrong, Collins and Aldrin and signed in red by Jim Cooper with a number 254/2000.

Is there anyone of you who knows these photos? If so, are these autographs real or printed?

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