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Excerpt from Tom-Tom
February, 1955, p.4


      The Green Tamet
 
   






          
           In 1954, the National Order of the Arrow Committee on Insignia designated the right pocket flap of the Scout shirt as the location for Lodge patches (ref. First Flaps in Color ).
           News of the pocket flap designation was announced at the National Order of the Arrow Conference held in Laramie, Wyoming, in August, 1954. Tamet Lodge sent two delegates to the Conference, Lodge Chief Howard Harrison and Treasurer Gary Stone. Within two months of their return, Tamet Lodge had made a pocket flap. The patch quickly became known as the "Green Tamet", a nickname that has stuck for over sixty years.

 
1954-57

          Tamet Lodge's first flap patch was designed by former Lodge Chief, Jack Halloran. What remains a mystery is why a nine-pointed sun was depicted when the Lodge totem was a twelve-pointed sun.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 F1






see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE









 
  Red Tamets  

The Green Tamet was replaced in 1958 by a similar deign with a red background.
  Flap patches with red backgrounds were issued for another seven years and are collectively referred to as "Red Tamets".




1958-60
Black WWW, no number

       

1961-62
  Arrow Above Yellow WWW




   







Fully embroidered. Yellow CUT edge.
BLACK W's are spread out.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 S1

Fully embroidered. Yellow ROLLED edge.
YELLOW W's & 225
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 S2


 


1963-64
  Arrow Below Yellow WWW

         

1964-65
  Arrow Points at Yellow WWW




     

           





Fully embroidered. Yellow ROLLED edge.
YELLOW W's & 225
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 S3
see varieties of this patch in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

Fully embroidered. Yellow ROLLED edge.
YELLOW W's & 225
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 S4
see varieties of this patch in the
 
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE 


 
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Multi-Colored Flaps  

  Patch Card
  Record of Eight Hours of Service
          In 1965, Tamet Lodge issued a completely redesigned flap patch that was restricted. Members could purchase one patch for each eight hours of service to the Council, District, Lodge, Chapter, Camp or Unit. The multi-colored design by Lodge Chief Paul Doose Jr. is said to incorporate locations for each of the Council Camps as well as seven tepees representing the seven chapters of Tamet Lodge.

see original design and prototype patch.


          In 1970, the restriction on the yellow bordered flap patch was dropped. Flaps were issued with different colored borders signifying brotherhood, Vigil Honor, officer and special service, each having their own restriction.
see complete restriction rules
Documentation required before purchasing 
a yellow bordered flap patch


see original temporary patch card




1965-72
  Yellow Border-All Members
 

        Article in Round-Up
  May, 1970 p.4
 





RESTRICTION 1965-70: 1 per eight hours service
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 S5
see varieties of this patch in the IDENTIFICATION GUIDE







1970-72
  Red Border-Brotherhood Member

        1970-72
  Purple Border-Past Officer Award





        




RESTRICTION: 2 per year for Brotherhood members
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 S6
(minor shade variations exist in the dark brown tepees)


RESTRICTION: 1 per Lodge officer or Chapter Chief
at completion of term of office.

Blue Book Cat. No. 225 S8

(minor shade variations exist in the dark brown tepees)





1970-72
  White Border-Vigil Honor

        1970-72
  Light Blue Border-Special Service Award





         




RESTRICTION: 1 per Life for Vigil Honor members
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 S7
(minor shade variations exist in the dark brown tepees) 


RESTRICTION: 1 per Life upon
recommendation of the Lodge advisers.

Blue Book Cat. No. 225 S9
(minor shade variations exist in the dark brown tepees)













Over-Bordered Flaps
 

         1972
  Yellow over Purple Border




           As it became apparent in late 1971 that Tamet Lodge and Walika Lodge would be merging, there was a question of what to do with extra special bordered flaps that were not likely to be issued.

          The remaining supply of white border flaps was just enough for the last group of Tamet Vigil inductees in 1972 to each receive their patch. However, there were excess yellow, red, purple and light blue bordered patches. An effort was made to sell the remaining yellow and red bordered flaps to Tamet members at the 30th Anniversary banquet in March, 1972. Previous restrictions on both patches were dropped and members were free to buy as many yellow border flaps as they wanted. Brotherhood members could likewise purchase red border flaps without restriction until they were gone.

          The disposition of the excess purple and light blue border patches was more complex. As they were awards, it was considered disrespectful of past recipients  to sell them openly. Rather than destroy these patches, the Lodge professional adviser quietly had the extra purple and light blue border patches over-bordered with yellow borders and mixed them in with normal yellow bordered patches available for sale.

          It is unknown just how many of the purple and light blue bordered patches were over-bordered but a few of the yellow-over-blue patches were discovered and then separated from the rest of the yellow border inventory before they were offered for sale in 1972. Some of these patches subsequently had their yellow over-borders removed, turning them back into light blue border flaps. An unknown number of yellow-over purple bordered flaps escaped detection and were passed out, one per scout, to the final Tamet Lodge inductees at the last ordeal ceremony in 1972, thereby scattering them to the winds.

 



Blue Book Cat. No. 225 S10

see close-ups of the over-bordered patches in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
 

1972
  Yellow over Light Blue Border


Blue Book Cat. No. 225 S11










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  Designs, Prototypes & Unique Flaps  



Original Artwork
1965



Designed by Lodge Chief Paul Doose Jr.
Thread colors were affixed to the design by the manufacturer
 for approval by the Lodge.
NOTE: Original design has one large 'W' on the sun and smaller 'W's" to either side, similar to the first red Tamet.

LEGEND
 
    It is said the multi-colored flap design shows many Crescent
    Bay Area landmarks including all five Council camps.
 
  • Camp Wolverton-Purple snow capped mountains of the High Sierra.
  • Camp Josepho-Dark green hills above tepees.
  • Camp Slauson-bright green hills to the left of the sun.
  • Circle B Scout Ranch-Dark green hill to left of sun.
  • Camp Emerald Bay- green hills along lower left foreground. The red arrow points to the camp.
      Also depicted are:
  • Seven tepees representing seven chapters of Tamet Lodge. see about chapters
  • Coastline of Crescent Bay from Pt. Mugu to Playa Del Rey.
  • Topanga Creek and Ballona Creek.
      and if one looks very closely:
  • several small white threads below the left side of the arrow, representing "Bird Rock", a familiar landmark at Camp Emerald Bay.









Prototype Multi-Colored        Prototype Red Tamet  
           
This patch was provided to Tamet Lodge by the manufacture as a "punch" sample from the original artwork. The Lodge asked for changes in the final patches, most notably changing the stitching direction of the sky and water from vertical to horizontal. The black outline around the snow capped mountains was removed and added to the hills of Catalina Island. In the final version of the patch, Tamet also accepted a recommendation by the manufacturer to make all of the "W's" the same size by enlarging the left & right " W's".
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 YS1
compare differences in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
    Uncut manufacturer's loom sample without a border. Swiss embroidered patches are made many-at-a-time on large bolts of material. They are then individually cut apart, trimmed and bordered on a marrowing machine,  This  sample was kept aside prior to trimming, bordering and having its excess stitching threads removed.
Blue Book Cat. No. (unlisted)

  

 
 

 
Ten-Pointed Green Tamet
     Light Blue over Yellow Border  
               
During the 1960's and 70's, rumors circulated of the existence of a Green Tamet with the correct number of twelve points on the sun. Fifty years later, that patch has never materialized. However this unusual patch with ten points was discovered in the 1990's. On closer inspection, it is a "thread break" Green Tamet that was repaired, erroneously, with an extra point in the upper right quadrant of the sun.
 
Blue Book Cat. No. (unlisted) 
    This unique patch has a light blue, NON-MARROWED rolled edge stitched over a yellow bordered flap. It was originally owned by Tamet Vigil Honor member Phil Parlett and is presumed to be a private alteration. Probably, by coincidence, the yellow border flap underneath is a TYPE D "boat flap", generally considered to be the rarest of the multi-colored flap varieties.
Blue Book Cat. No. (unlisted)
 
 

 
Jacket Flaps

These jacket flaps were found in the collections of different Tamet Lodge members.
 They are thought to have been made in the late 1960's or early 1970's as private issues but their exact origins and purpose
remain a mystery. The patches are approximately 10 inches wide and are embroidered in a crochet style.

Yellow Border

Blue Book Cat. No. (unlisted)



  Red Border


Blue Book Cat. No. (unlisted)


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Fakes  

Purple Border-Brown Tepees   White Border-Brown Tepees

     
A yellow bordered flap with LIGHT BROWN tepees where
the border was removed and re-bordered with purple.
The real purple bordered flap has DARK brown tepees.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 ZS1
compare this patch with real purple border flap in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
  A yellow bordered flap with LIGHT BROWN where
 the border was removed and re-bordered with white.
The real white bordered flap has DARK brown tepees.
Blue Book Cat. No. 225 ZS2
compare this patch with real white border flap in the
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE

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Flap Patch Documents  


Original Temporary Patch Card
1965

 


Temporary Patch Cards were used for a few weeks in 1965 prior to arrival of the printed Patch Cards.
Signed: Keith Bair; Paul Doose Jr.


Letter from Manufacturer
September 1, 1971

 
During the spring of 1971, the Tamet Lodge Chief's Council became aware that  some of the special bordered flap patches
had been faked. Professional Adviser, Bob Hawkins, wrote a letter to the owner of the manufacturing company explaining
the situation and asking for an explanation. 




 
  Patch Card Rules  
1965

When the new flap patch restrictions were put in place, a detailed set of rules was implemented.






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