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From: Lansing, MI, USA
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posted 06-27-2012 05:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gonzo   Click Here to Email Gonzo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by FFrench:
Original design description on P.144 of "Falling To Earth."
Indeed. I happen to have a copy of "Falling To Earth" from our local library right now. I just read the paragraphs about how the patch was designed. I never knew there was a hidden "XV" in the background (NASA required numbers, they wanted to use Roman numerals so they "hid" the Roman numerals in the background).


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posted 02-03-2013 12:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have two Lion Brothers Apollo 15 patches that have quite different appearance on the back side:

The patch on the left is the oddball. The stitching feels like it is coated with something. On the patch of the right, you can gently pry apart the threads, but not on the left, and obviously the coloration is different.

From the front they are virtually identical:

(the top one is the one with the chunky back)

Any ideas why there is a difference?

I don't suspect this is the "plastic backed" version, as that (according to has horizontal, not radial stitching in white. Thanks folks.

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posted 02-04-2013 07:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The one with the stiffer back is a later Lion Brothers production. LB continued to produce their Apollo mission patches through until the early 1980s and although the design of the patches remained unchanged through this period they did introduce a thicker starch coating on the backs at some stage.

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