Made in Abilene tag for US flag to the moon with Alan Bean.
Made in Abilene' Tag on Moon MRS. DORCIA WAU,ACE . . . mark moon flag A tiny Texas flag, made in Abilene by Dorcia Originals, and taken lo Ihe moon by native- Texan Alan Bean, was truly a masterpiece of international production. Made of Chinese silk, the overseer of Ihe job was Mrs. Elsa Weslphal (German), and the delicat* embroidery of the Texas star w a s f i n a l l y completed by a lady from Spain, Mrs. Waller Baker, w h o s e husband is a sergeant stationed in Vietnam. "And of course (here were several 'Texas Americans' Involved, Including Mrs. Ethel Joslyn and others," Mrs. Dorcia Wallace, owner of Dorcia Originals, laughed. Bean, who has gained q u i t e a bit of recognition as being a dyed-in-the-wool-Texan, wrote lo Gov. Preston Smith last J u n e and asked the governor for a small Texas flag he could lake lo Ihe moon. Gov. Smith, after considering the request for a short while, wrote lo Dorcia (Dorcia designed many of Mrs. Smith's wardrobes,) and asked her to make Ihe flag. After a few huddled conferences, conferences, at the shop al 221(1 Biitlnrnut, Dorcia and her s t a f f came up with Ihe idea of using Chinese silk because it is thin and light. There was little trouble in cutting and stitching the frail fabric. However, when the staff attempted lo embroider the liny while star they ran into considerable considerable problems. Dorcia, who will accept nothing less than perfection in her product, asked Mrs. Westphal to try and find some young lady who was a native of Spain to complete the job. (Young Spanish ladies are t a u g h t to embroider and do olher delicate sewing from the time Ihey arc small children.) And Mrs. Weslphal, working through the base, f i n a l l y located the lady who finally gol lhe star on ' e x a c t l y righl." The entire operation took more t h a n a week -- Dorcl* and her st?f( started over (six times -- but Bean got his flag In time lo take il to the moon w i t h him. When he returned from his space voyage, Bean presented Ihe flag to Gov. Smith, and il now is encased in a frame. It will l)e displayed from now on in (he Capitol Rotunda, where Texans and nlhers can pause for a moment lo gaze upon a little piece of history. "I guess you might say l h a t communications to Ihe moon have become routine. However, the voyage was made in a shorter length of time I r a n it took us to make the flag," said Dorcia. "We lost about six days on production al the shop. U didn't take that long to get In the mooni" thÂ« laughed. ALAN BEAN . . . took U to moon