Lion Brothers

Apollo 11 and 12 Commemorative Brochure Set

This set of two patches, mounted in a glossy brochure is from an unknown source, and unknown distrubution, perhaps mail order. The patches are sourced from Lion Brothers. Curiously, of all the examples of this set seen, the hard to find orange bordered Apollo 11 version is present. 

Another version has been identified as being provided by Breast O' Chicken. 

 

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STS-6 - Lion Brothers - Early Edition

STS-6 was a NASA Space Shuttle mission conducted using Space Shuttle Challenger, carrying the first Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-1, into orbit. Launched on 4 April 1983, STS-6 was the sixth shuttle mission and the first of the ten missions flown by Challenger. The mission took off from Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A, and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on 9 April. This was the first Space Shuttle mission during which a spacewalk was conducted, and the first in which the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) was used.

This version differs slightly from the regular Lion Brothers STS-6 patch and is much more scarce. 

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Apollo 11 - 3" - Lion Brothers "Recovery Fleet"

Lion Brothers produced a subset of 3" patches that comemmorate several aspects of the Apollo 11 launch. 
This one is for the "Recovery Fleet". 

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STS-1 - 4" - Lion Brothers - Plastic Back

This patch varies from the common STS-1 patch as it has three colors of thread used in the flame of the shuttle. Scarce patch.
The Lion Brothers' version is readily identifiable by the two blue patches on the wings rather than a flag and "USA".
This version has a plastic backing instead of the more common cloth backing.

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STS-41G - 4" - Lion Brothers

STS 41-G was the 13th flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program and the sixth flight of Space Shuttle Challenger. Challenger launched on 5 October 1984, and conducted the second shuttle landing at Kennedy Space Center on 13 October. It was the first shuttle mission to carry a crew of seven, including the first crew with two women (Sally Ride and Kathryn Sullivan), the first American EVA involving a woman (Sullivan), and the first Canadian astronaut (Marc Garneau).

The Lion Brothers version of the STS-41G patch is distinct in the use of capitalized letters for the crew names. The official version is one of only a few shuttle crew patches that uses lower case letters. Single piece construction.

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STS-41D - 4" - Lion Brothers

STS-41-D was the 12th flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program, and the first mission of the orbiter Discovery. It was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on 30 August 1984, and landed on 5 September. Three commercial communications satellites were deployed into orbit during the six-day mission, and a number of scientific experiments were conducted.
The mission was delayed by more than two months from its original planned launch date, having experienced the Space Shuttle program's first launch abort at T-6 seconds on 26 June 1984.

The Lion Brothers version of the STS-41D patch has the largest sailing ship.

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Skylab 3 - 4" - Lion Brothers

Skylab 4 (also SL-4 and SLM-3) was the third Skylab mission and placed the third and final crew aboard the first American space station.
The mission started November 16, 1973 with the launch of three astronauts on a Saturn IB rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida and lasted 84 days, one hour and 16 minutes. A total of 6,051 astronaut-utilization hours were tallied by Skylab 4 astronauts performing scientific experiments in the areas of medical activities, solar observations, Earth resources, observation of the Comet Kohoutek and other experiments.

The Lion Brothers Skylab 3 patch is distinct and readily identifiable by the presence of an embroidered Comet Kahoutec. No other manufacturer features this. The patch also has the hallmark hidden initials "PCG" upside down in the tree foliage. 

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Skylab II - 4" - Lion Brothers

Skylab 3 (also SL-3 and SLM-2) was the second manned mission to the first American space station, Skylab. The mission began July 28, 1973, with the launch of three astronauts on the Saturn IB rocket, and lasted 59 days, 11 hours and 9 minutes. A total of 1,084.7 astronaut-utilization hours were tallied by the Skylab 3 crew performing scientific experiments in the areas of medical activities, solar observations, Earth resources, and other experiments.

The Lion Brothers Skylab II patch has a bare cloth back and features hidden crew initials "BGL" upsidedown at the bottom of the red fill stitching.

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Apollo 14 - 3" - Lion Brothers

I have never seen this particular line of Lion Brothers' Apollo emblems before. Marketed under their "Put-Ons" emblems line, Lion Brothers produced these Apollo 11Apollo 12, Apollo 13 and Apollo 14 patches. There may be others, but these are the only one's I have seen. Had these not been in their original packaging, they would probably have not been able to be associated with Lion Brothers.

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Apollo 13 - 3" - Lion Brothers

I have never seen this particular line of Lion Brothers' Apollo emblems before. Marketed under their "Put-Ons" emblems line, Lion Brothers produced these Apollo 11, Apollo 12, Apollo 13 and Apollo 14 patches. There may be others, but these are the only one's I have seen. Had these not been in their original packaging, they would probably have not been able to be associated with Lion Brothers.

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Apollo 12 - 3" - Lion Brothers

I have never seen this particular line of Lion Brothers' Apollo emblems before. Marketed under their "Put-Ons" emblems line, Lion Brothers produced these Apollo 11, Apollo 12, Apollo 13 and Apollo 14 patches. There may be others, but these are the only one's I have seen. Had these not been in their original packaging, they would probably have not been able to be associated with Lion Brothers.

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Apollo 11 - 3" - Lion Brothers

I have never seen this particular line of Lion Brothers' Apollo emblems before. Marketed under their "Put-Ons" emblems line, Lion Brothers produced these Apollo 11, Apollo 12, Apollo 13 and Apollo 14 patches. There may be others, but these are the only one's I have seen. The 3" Apollo 11 patch differs from the other 3" Apollo 11 patches from Lion Brothers. Had these not been in their original packaging, they would probably have not been able to be associated with Lion Brothers.

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Apollo 11 - Concept Patch

The origin of this patch is unknown. The construction and embroidery lean toward a vintage construction. 

Bare cheesecloth backing.

 

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STS-51C - Lion Brothers

STS-51-C was the 15th flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program, and the third flight of Space Shuttle Discovery. It launched on 24 January 1985, and made the fourth shuttle landing at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on 27 January. STS-51-C was the first shuttle mission to deploy a dedicated United States Department of Defense (DoD) payload, and consequently many mission details remain classified.

The Lion Brothers patch has a gold border that extends around the eagle's wing tips, a wider tab (more space on either side of "Payton") and a gray border above the shuttle.

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STA-51A - Lion Brothers

STS-51-A was the 14th flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program, and the second flight of Space Shuttle Discovery. The mission launched from Kennedy Space Center on 8 November 1984, and landed just under eight days later on 16 November.
STS-51-A marked the first time a shuttle deployed two communications satellites, and retrieved from orbit two other communications satellites. The Canadian Anik D2 and Syncom IV-1 satellites were both successfully deployed by the crew of Discovery. Palapa B2 and Westar 6, meanwhile, had been deployed during the STS-41-B mission earlier in the year, but had been placed into improper orbits due to the malfunctioning of their kick motors; they were both safely recovered and returned to Earth during STS-51-A.

The Lion Brothers uses an orange thread on the beak and eagle wing edge. The eagle neck feathers are also more defined.

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STS-41C - Lion Brothers

STS-41-C was NASA's 11th Space Shuttle mission, and the fifth mission of Space Shuttle Challenger. The launch, which took place on 6 April 1984, was the first direct ascent trajectory for a shuttle mission. STS-41-C was extended one day due to problems capturing the Solar Maximum Mission ("Solar Max") satellite, and the landing on 13 April took place at Edwards Air Force Base instead of at Kennedy Space Center as had been planned. The flight was originally numbered STS-13.

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STS-9 Lion Brothers

STS-9 (also known as STS-41A and Spacelab 1) was a NASA Space Shuttle mission which carried the first Spacelab laboratory module into orbit. Launched on 28 November 1983, it was the sixth mission of the Space Shuttle Columbia, and was Columbia's last flight until STS-61-C in January 1986. It was also the last time the old STS numbering was used until STS-26 (in the aftermath of the Challenger disaster of STS-51-L). Under the new system, STS-9 would have been designated as STS-41-A.

The Lion Brothers version has the wingtip pointing to the "M" in Merbold, but unlike the Cape Kennedy Medals version, has a darker blue inner border. 

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STS-8 - Lion Brothers

 

STS-8 was a NASA Space Shuttle mission which launched on 30 August 1983 and landed on 5 September; it conducted the first night launch and night landing of the program, and flew the first African-American astronaut, Guion Bluford. The mission was a notable success, achieving all of its planned research objectives, but was marred by the subsequent discovery that a solid-fuel rocket booster had almost malfunctioned catastrophically during the launch. STS-8 was the eighth Shuttle mission and the third flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

The primary payload was INSAT-1B, an Indian communications and weather observation satellite, which was released by the orbiter and boosted into a geostationary orbit. The secondary payload, replacing a delayed NASA communications satellite, was a four-metric-ton dummy payload, intended to test the use of the shuttle's "Canadarm" remote manipulator system. Scientific experiments carried on board Challenger included the environmental testing of new hardware and materials designed for future spacecraft, the study of biological materials in electric fields under microgravity, and research into space adaptation syndrome (also known as "space sickness"). The flight furthermore served as shakedown testing for the previously launched TDRS-1 satellite, which would be required to support the subsequent STS-9 mission.

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STS-6 - Lion Brothers

STS-6 was a NASA Space Shuttle mission conducted using Space Shuttle Challenger, carrying the first Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-1, into orbit. Launched on 4 April 1983, STS-6 was the sixth shuttle mission and the first of the ten missions flown by Challenger. The mission took off from Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A, and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on 9 April. This was the first Space Shuttle mission during which a spacewalk was conducted, and the first in which the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) was used.

The names of the astronauts are larger than the A-B Emblem version and the IUS is stitched narrower.

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STS-5 - Lion Brothers

STS-5 was the fifth NASA Space Shuttle mission and the fifth flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia. It launched on 11 November 1982 and landed five days later on 16 November. STS-5 was the first shuttle mission to deploy communications satellites into orbit, and the first "operational" shuttle mission.

This is the Lion Brothers' plastic backed version. The windscreen is wrap-around and there is no flag on the wing.

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STS-4 - 4" - Lion Brothers

Slightly larger than the A-B Emblem crew version, but bears the same light red/pink triangle. Cloth back.

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Apollo 17 - 4" - Lion Brothers

Once again, LionBrothers version of the patch exceeds the quality of the more common A-B Emblem souvenir version. Their trademark hallmark appears as an upside down "17" on the bottom of Apollo's neck. White thread used on the Eagle with a bare cloth back. The light blue border is more faithful to the original, though they used a more appealing radial border. 

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Apollo 14 - 4" - Lion Brothers

The Lion Brother's Apollo 14 patch, like many others, closely resembles the crew version and is a better rendition than the A-B Emblem issue. 

It is a cloth-backed patch. This is the first Lion Brother patch with a hidden hallmark and it is very difficult to make out, it is sewn with a single width of thread. 

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Apollo 11 - 4" - Lion Brothers "Orange Border"

A slightly more rare version of the regular Apollo 11 Lion Brothers issue that has an orange border (as well as beak and feet).  Appears on eBay about twice a month, sometimes hard to differentiate due to the camera and lighting used to photograph it.

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Apollo 11 - 3" - Lion Brothers "Mission Support"

Lion Brothers produced a subset of 3" patches that comemmorate several aspects of the Apollo 11 launch. 
This one is for the "Mission Support". 

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Apollo 11 - 3" - Lion Brothers "Launch Team"

Lion Brothers produced a subset of 3" patches that comemmorate several aspects of the Apollo 11 launch. 
This one is for the "Launch Team". 

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Apollo 11 - 4" - Lion Brothers

The Lion Brother's 4" Apollo 11 patch has nice detail compared to the A-B version.  A gold-bordered version exists and is a bit more scarce. 

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Apollo 11 - 4" - Lion Brothers - "White Tail" variation

This variation of the Apollo 11 patch by Lion Brothers features the eagle with white tail feathers instead of the normally light blue. It is not known how many of these were made and if it was intentional or a thread error.

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Apollo 10 - Lion Brothers

Lion Brothers issue of the Apollo 10 patch, cloth back, 4"

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STS-3 - 4" - Lion Brothers

Lion Brothers version of the STS-3 patch. The 3 color rays set this patch apart from the rest as well as the distinct blue nose of the orbiter.

Cloth is bare thread.

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Apollo-Soyuz Test Project - A-B Emblems Souvenir

4", plastic back

Red and Blue star sections touch the border in this version.

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Apollo-Soyuz Test Project - Lion Brothers

Lion Brother's 4" version features "ASTP" hallmarked in the clouds and a cloth back.

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