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"It's a Gemsco" USN & USCG Patch Manufacturers

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Great thread and many thanks for sharing these photos. There was two sizes available for the US Navy Chuting Stars patch manufactured by GEMSCO. You mentioned civilian patches produced by GEMSCO on a light blue card. These two patches look like they are civilian scuba diver patches but are on the dark blue cards. So since these scuba patches are on dark blue cards are they considered military for a Naval dive unit?

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There are also other generic patches on the dark blue card - Eagles, Wildcats, Devils, etc. The lighter blue cards are usually made by Gemsco/Sembler and are typically sports, military atheletics or hunting related. This Moose example is from an ebay auction photo

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More generics - White Wildcat, Surfer Girl, Green Devil - which also comes in Red and Gold

 

The Wildcat may have been made for a USN command as it's on the darker/larger card, The Surfer Girl and the Devil are on the 1966 lighter blue card (it replaced the Sembler baby blue card)

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They're 'generics' which can be put on cruise jackets, etc.

 

Here's the second Scuba Diver card you posted showing the back side. Thanks for posting the other scuba diver, I've never seen that one.

 

Thanks for the explanation.


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