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garyd2831
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posted 01-27-2018 07:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While the first official crew patch didn't come to play until Gemini V, who created what is know to be the souvenir Mercury crew patches?

Does anyone have a vintage set produced the closet to the end of the Mercury program? Who was the manufacturer and could someone post pictures of them?

I would like to collect a set of the oldest know souvenir patches.

KSCartist
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posted 01-27-2018 05:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I purchased the Mercury set in 1970 from A-B Emblem. The Gemini set as well.

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posted 01-27-2018 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My understanding, which could be wrong, is that AB Emblem created the souvenir Mercury patches to fill the void of there being no official mission patch designs.

You can find sets packaged with TWA Tours labeling, which would at least date them to the earliest incarnation of the Kennedy Space Center gift shops.

There are also two Project Mercury patches of unknown age and pedigree shown on crewpatches.com.

garyd2831
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posted 01-27-2018 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the information. I will keep my eye open for a vintage set.

Rambler Typhoon
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posted 01-29-2018 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rambler Typhoon   Click Here to Email Rambler Typhoon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've wondered about this a lot, too!

I thought I had seen an implied reference to the artist being known in something I read in the past, but have never seen anything that was concrete about a company or specific designer.

There appear to have been multiple companies making their own versions of these pretty early back, but I would have expected that AB Emblem would have pursued copyright claims on these if they were truly their designs. The public domain aspect of other mission patches certainly created more grey area for the official NASA designs.

Liembo
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posted 01-29-2018 09:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does the book. "Space Patches: From Mercury to the Space Shuttle" (Kaplan/Munoz) have any insight about this?

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posted 01-29-2018 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rambler Typhoon   Click Here to Email Rambler Typhoon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's possible I read the reference to them being designed after the fact in the Kaplan/Munoz book, but I've read all of that and didn't see a reference to it. I finally got a copy of Relics of the Space Race, too, and while I still have some chapters to finish, I didn't see anything in the patch chapter.

Explorer1
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posted 10-24-2019 03:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Explorer1   Click Here to Email Explorer1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mission patches were never designed or made for any of the Mercury missions, yet some years ago, some company took it upon themselves to fabricate a patch for each Mercury mission. I understand that these were never meant to be considered real and were really just for fun. But out of curiosity, does anyone know the history behind these patches, who made them, and when?

Editor's note: Threads merged.

dcfowler1
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posted 10-24-2019 11:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dcfowler1   Click Here to Email dcfowler1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you referring to the souvenir patches produced by AB Emblem, or the later designs, based on the actual capsule art?

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