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SXPatches
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From: Port Orchard, WA USA
Registered: Jul 2020

posted 07-21-2020 01:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SXPatches   Click Here to Email SXPatches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seems fitting to launch my new website, Space eXploration Patches, on the 51st anniversary of the first lunar landing.

The mission of the site is to share the human interest stories about spaceflight and space exploration represented by mission patches in my personal collection and to showcase the artists and the artistry of the patches themselves. This initial launch focuses on Project Apollo and the uncrewed and crewed tests and spaceflights, starting with AS-103 through Apollo 11. The other Apollo missions will be launched later.

True to most space projects, there will be many launches until my entire patch collection and the stories that go with them have achieved liftoff. I will post updates here and to my social media channels.

usafspace
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From: Los Angeles, CA USA
Registered: May 2006

posted 07-21-2020 07:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for usafspace   Click Here to Email usafspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Logan, great job.

SXPatches
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From: Port Orchard, WA USA
Registered: Jul 2020

posted 07-21-2020 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SXPatches   Click Here to Email SXPatches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you. The patches I have collected from you (usafspace) has expanded my collection considerably. It will take time, but they will eventually be published.

SXPatches
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From: Port Orchard, WA USA
Registered: Jul 2020

posted 08-23-2020 05:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SXPatches   Click Here to Email SXPatches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Added 30+ patches (front and back) to my website, Space eXploration Patches, mostly related to Apollo 11. On the home page, check log entries listed under Mission Control for updates. An index of all patches added since 7/20 is found on the home page.

Liembo
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From: Bothell, WA
Registered: Jan 2013

posted 08-23-2020 01:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Logan, great work, the site is informational and aesthetically pleasing. Keep it up.

SXPatches
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From: Port Orchard, WA USA
Registered: Jul 2020

posted 08-30-2020 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SXPatches   Click Here to Email SXPatches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Added 22 mini souvenir patches related to Apollo missions (1, 7–11), including many 3-inch Cape Kennedy Medal patches, to Space eXploration Patches. Patches for a single mission are scaled relative to the largest patch for that mission to compare size.

SXPatches
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From: Port Orchard, WA USA
Registered: Jul 2020

posted 09-14-2020 03:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SXPatches   Click Here to Email SXPatches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Added 14 patches to Space eXploration Patches website, since my last post, including a number of Apollo/NASA insignia patches. I am currently working on the Apollo 12 mission and related patches.

SXPatches
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From: Port Orchard, WA USA
Registered: Jul 2020

posted 09-20-2020 07:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SXPatches   Click Here to Email SXPatches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Added 24 patches to Space eXploration Patches website, since my last post, including 20 (Apollo 12) patches. Let me know what you think of how I am highlighting the Lion Brothers' hallmark on their Apollo 12 patch.

David C
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From: Lausanne
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posted 09-20-2020 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Works well, very clear. I think this will be a good site. Are you looking to only have example that you personally own on it, or are you going to have scans of all the crew patches up regardless of whether you’ve yet managed to get youi’re hands on one yet?

SXPatches
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From: Port Orchard, WA USA
Registered: Jul 2020

posted 09-20-2020 04:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SXPatches   Click Here to Email SXPatches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My site will only include patches that are in my collection. I have the full set of Lion Brothers hallmarked Apollo patches, so stay tuned, more to come.

My goal is to complete the research, curation and publication of Apollo patches and stories by year end, estimating another 130 patches will be published to my website, to include many patches designed by Tim Gagnon that relate to Apollo (including commemorative mission, spirit and armed services), first lunar landing commemorative and anniversary patches, mission control, contractor and crew related support programs, astronaut recognition and memorial patches and Snoopy — the stories of human spaceflight and exploration would not be complete if it did not include the story of Snoopy.

Starting in 2021, I will skip ahead in the timeline to present day and focus on the latest human spaceflight programs, including SpaceX, Boeing and others, then shift back to Skylab, Project Mercury and Project Gemini.

My collection is quite extensive, so it will take 3+ years to publish all the patches and the human interest stories related to them.

I am a collector of patches related to human spaceflight and space exploration, both rooted in fact and fiction. I seek patches that can assist with telling a human interest story, then I collect variations of the same patch because I admired the creative interpretation, variation and artistry. Collecting authenticate vintage patches is nice, and I am sometimes tempted because of the rarity of a patch, but I am mostly persuaded by the story behind the patch. The story is usually more important to me than the patch itself, but the patch is what creates engagement, inspires interest, and provides the visual aid that drives a narrative — the classic children's book format. Plus, I love the artwork, symbolism and imagination of designers, so beauty and meaning are important factors that contribute to my purchase decision. I bought a set of SpaceX Iridium Next patches solely because I love the artwork and shapes.

I launched my site two months ago today. At present, I am currently only promoting my website on this forum, and in the last two months, there have been 347 unique visitors to my site from 23 countries. I am hoping this forum will keep me honest, so call me out on any inaccuracies. I welcome others contributing to my stories. Each patch has a share button that uniquely references that patch, so use it to email me a comment or copy the link and post it here along with a comment. I welcome collaboration.

After I have published all Apollo related stories and patches, I will be promoting my site to other forums, such as NASA Spaceflight. If you have recommendations for other suitable forums, please make a recommendation.

In conclusion, I have created a fictitious spaceflight of the spacecraft "Urania" to represent the mission and journey of my website. I will be working to design my first mission insignia, and will definitely share my thoughts and drafts with you all.

I appreciate being a part of this community, and value the connections that I have made to make my personal passion project more fun and worthwhile. Cheers!! — Logan

KSCartist
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From: Titusville, FL
Registered: Feb 2005

posted 09-22-2020 08:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations Logan!

Your website is superior to my own. I am flattered you are including the commemoratives Jorge and I have created and look forward to your progress.

SXPatches
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From: Port Orchard, WA USA
Registered: Jul 2020

posted 09-22-2020 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SXPatches   Click Here to Email SXPatches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kind words, Tim. I appreciate the support.

SXPatches
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From: Port Orchard, WA USA
Registered: Jul 2020

posted 10-04-2020 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SXPatches   Click Here to Email SXPatches     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Published the four year mission plan for the Space eXploration Patches website. I updated the visual display of the Urania "virtual" spaceflight, adding callouts. Research and curation of the Apollo 13 patches is progressing.

As a boy, Apollo 13 was my favorite patch, even before I was aware of the accident and heroics related to the mission, so I am looking forward to sharing the seldom known human interest stories and patches for Apollo 13.

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