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A couple of weeks ago I posted about the early felt diamond patches used for Camp Naish.  In gathering images for that post, I found two different types for 1940.  As shown below, there is a navy blue version with yellow text and a blue/grey version with red text.

40-diamond-comparison

Considering there are very few of these known to exist, it is remarkable that there are two different versions from one year.  If you have any information about these patches, please contact me.

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Previously I wrote about a felt star patch used by Troop 7 for Camp Naish attendance in 1934. At some point in the following years Camp Naish issued its first camp patch. The early patches are simple diamond-shaped patches with an N and a two digit year. Here are some examples:

Note that the images (scanned from Patches of Camp Theodore Naish, Andy Dubill) shown are not consecutive in year (missing 38).

This begs the following questions:

  • Was a patch issued for 1938? UPDATE – see: A Missing Piece to the Puzzle
  • Was a patch issued in 1935? Or earlier?
  • If so, what color are they?
  • The earliest year-dated rocker that I have seen is 1945. What was the last year that the felt diamonds were used?I don’t personally have one of these patches, but would like to add at least one to my collection. I have seen several wonderful examples on campimages.com and campnaish.org, both on uniforms and off. If you have a spare, let me know.
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    Camp patches, particularly the old felt type, are popular items among collectors. I find some of them pretty fascinating in their design and construction, particularly those that have multiple pieces layered together rather than a screen print design. Andy Dubill put together a collection of images of Camp Naish patches called The Patches of Camp Theodore Naish which has some nice old felt camp patches. The oldest Camp Naish-related issue appears to be a troop-issued felt star from Troop 7 from Kansas City, Kansas:

    This one was used in 1934, but was it the first year they used the stars?

    Since there were many other troops camping at Naish during its early days, including my own Troop 86, it makes me wonder if there are other troop-issued felt patches or neckerchiefs from this time. Ask your grandpa and your great-grandpa and let me know what you find out.

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