This is a USN reference topic for patches manufactured by Gemsco, Inc. New York, NY for ships and stations of the United States Navy (and Coast Guard too!)
Please post any examples you may have in the original packaging (carded) along with a loose patch if you have one.
Dating a patch by the card color
There were three (3) different cards used by Gemsco for USN patches (and a fourth light blue color for civilian patches). The oldest cards are off-white and have a Gold Border frame. These were used until 1961/1962. The second generation cards are white with a Red Border frame circa 1963-1966 with the later cards having a 10001 NYC zip code. The third generation cards are Dark Blue with a Gold Border frame which were used from 1966 to about 1980 when they ceased USN production orders (as did Hilborn-Hamburger, the slack being taken up by the Leonard company's Swiss-Tex brand).
First up, these examples are in the pre-1962 Gold border Gemsco packaging.
USS SPRINGFIELD CLG-7 in service 1944 to 1974. She was redesignated from CL-66 to CLG-7 (1957 to 1975). In 1975 she became CG-7
This example: Gemsco manufactured between 1957 and 1962
Edited by Salvage Sailor, 07 August 2016 - 05:15 PM.