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During the peak years of activity on the Apollo program NASA's prime contractors for the construction of the Apollo Command Modules (North American Rockwell) and Lunar Modules (Grumman) employed thousands of people to work on these projects, but many other companies were involved in this immense project.

Below I identify a few patches produced by some of these companies that were used by employees working on their space projects.

ILC Industries embroidered Patches

ILC Industries were the prime contractor for the space suits used on the Apollo missions. ILC suit technicians worked directly with the Apollo astronauts during the pre-flight suiting-up and were present in the white room during spacecraft ingress. The embroidered patches they wore on their overalls at this time are described below.
Patch id:

ILC back patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Unknown
Distribution: Limited to company employees
Dimensions: Unknown
Type: Partially embroidered on white twill. Merrowed edge.
Scarcity: Rare.
Value: No sale examples.
Notes: This patch was used on the back of coveralls of ILC suit techs working as the KSC during the Apollo program, as show in these photos.

Chrysler Corporation embroidered patches

Chrysler were the prime contractor for the Saturn IB booster.
Patch id:

Chrysler Saturn 1B patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Unknown
Distribution: Likely limited to Chrysler S1B team
Dimensions: Approx 11 x 8" / 279 x 203mm
Type: Partially embroidered on white twill. Merrowed edge.
Scarcity: Very rare.
Value: Examples have sold for $70 and $228[1].
Notes: This oversize patch was presumably for use on the back of coveralls of the Chrysler technicians working on the Saturn 1B booster.
Patch id:

Chrysler Space Division patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Unknown
Distribution: Likely limited to Chrysler Space Division
Dimensions: 4¾ x 1½" / 121 x 38mm
Type: Partially embroidered on white twill. Merrowed edge.
Scarcity: Very rare.
Value: An example sold recently for $150[2].
Notes: This patch was used on the coveralls of the Chrysler technicians working on the Saturn 1B booster.

McDonnell Aviation embroidered Patches

McDonnell Aviation were the prime contractor for the Mercury and Gemini spacecraft.
Patch id:

McDonnell text patch

Worn by crew? No.
Flown? No.
Manufacturer: Unknown
Distribution: Limited to company employees
Dimensions: 4½ x 1" / 114 x 25mm
Type: Partially embroidered on white twill. Merrowed edge.
Scarcity: Rare.
Value: An example sold recently for $86[3].
Notes: This patch was likely used on the coveralls of McDonnell employees working on the Mercury and Gemini programs.

Martin Company embroidered Patches

The Martin Company were the prime contractor for the Titan boosters used to launch the Gemini spacecraft.
Footnotes

[1] Examples of Chrysler Saturn 1B patch sales:
      Lunar Legacies Space Auction lot 101 May 21, 2011 sold at $149.50
      eBay item no. 231160210794 Feb 21, 2014 sold at $228.30 [with condition issues]
      eBay item no. 231289955842 Jul 28, 2014 sold at $70

[2] Examples of Chrysler Corporation Space Division patch sales:
      eBay item no. 231160227813 Feb 21, 2014 sold at $150 [with condition issues]

[3] Examples of McDonnell text patch sales:
      Lunar Legacies Space Auction lot 58 Feb 19, 2011 sold at $86.25

[4] Examples of Martin logo patch sales:
      Lunar Legacies Space Auction lot 102 Feb 19, 2011 - jacket with Gemini 11 crew patch

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