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kosmo
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posted 10-28-2016 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been collecting U.S. space program pennants for some time and thought cS members might enjoy seeing some of them.

Ronpur
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posted 10-29-2016 12:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome!

Larry McGlynn
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posted 10-29-2016 07:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great Collection. Pennants are a fun way to celebrate.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-29-2016 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom, do you have some sense how complete your collection is? Are there pennants you know exist but you haven't been able to find? What would you say are the rarities among the collection?

I have seen a couple of STS-1 pennants over the years. Do you also collect the shuttle examples?

kosmo
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posted 10-29-2016 02:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, I really don't know how complete my collection is, I do have some pennants that I have not shown. I can show those if members want.

As far as rarity, the LM pennant as far as I can tell may be the rarest, it's the only one I have ever seen. Pennants in the first photo and the fourth photo are quite uncommon, as well as the small pennants in the third photo. Mercury program pennants are getting hard to find.

I haven't started to collect shuttle pennants, focused on mostly the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo pennants. It seems as if there should be more Gemini pennants, I know of four, and I have two of them. Also surprised by the lack of more Apollo 8 pennants.

It would be fun to have cS members post their pennants if not seen in the above photos.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-29-2016 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have seen the pennants in the second photo described as originating from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Is that correct?

Do you know where the others came from?

I also find it interesting that there are no (?) pennants for Alan Shepard's Mercury flight.

kosmo
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posted 10-29-2016 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hadn't heard of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus connection before. Most were sold at the cape, parades or homecomings. I'm surprised that there are no Alan Shepard pennants too! I have only seen Glenn and Cooper pennants.

Liembo
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posted 10-29-2016 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a unique and gorgeous collection!

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 10-30-2016 07:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's a very interesting collection, I was not aware that so many pennants were out there. I have a collection of pin back buttons which I understand were also distributed at parades and similar celebrations.

I tried for a long time to track down a Grissom MR-4 button but read that due to the fact there was no parade to commemorate his flight, there were are no buttons produced.

GACspaceguy
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posted 10-30-2016 08:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is amazing as I would not have thought there were so many. It speaks of how the country was so spaceflight centric during that time.

kosmo
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posted 10-30-2016 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also have a U.S. space program pin-back button collection (see here). I have a feeling that most buttons and pennants didn't start showing up for the astronauts until after Glenn's flight and all three of the flown astronauts (Shepard, Grissom, Glenn) started to appear in parades together as "Men of the Year."

There is a small Alan Shepard button from his flight.

Gilbert
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posted 11-03-2016 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice and interesting collection.

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