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The Badges Collection is comprised of approximately 1,000 objects. This collection includes various types of ribbons, badges, and pins, depicting a broad variety of events and affiliations. The most prominent categories of badges are fire department badges (worn at events, not worn as part of the uniform) and political badges.
The collection includes excellent examples of ornate badges that often include a central medal with ribbons, photos, names depicted on metal charms, and metal tassels; amongst these are Tammany Sachem badges, and fire badges with hanging charms such as lanterns and buckets. Additionally, there are political buttons and pins, intramural sports association ribbons, literary society ribbons, badges worn at opening ceremonies such as that for the Brooklyn Bridge and Croton Aqueduct, and funerary ribbons worn for Presidents Lincoln and Grant. While the collection is strongest in the mid-late 1800’s and early 20th century, it contains more contemporary content, including a small selection of “counter-culture” pins from the 1960’s protesting the war, and political buttons dating up through the late 20th century. This collection provides a glimpse into allegiances of New Yorkers, highlighting the city’s strong history of social and political consciousness.
Welcome Home 27th Division

Welcome Home 27th Division


Steeplechase - Funny Place

Steeplechase - Funny Place


Underwood Unequalled

Underwood Unequalled


Our Heroes Welcome Home

Our Heroes Welcome Home


War Savings Service - W.S.S.

War Savings Service - W.S.S.


Welcome Home 79th Division

Welcome Home 79th Division


National Navy Club

National Navy Club


Liberty Loan - V

Liberty Loan - V

Made by American Art Works Coshington, Ohio.

Fourth Liberty Loan

Fourth Liberty Loan


Third Liberty Loan

Third Liberty Loan


Third Liberty Loan - Volunteer

Third Liberty Loan - Volunteer


I Own a Liberty Bond

I Own a Liberty Bond


Get Behind the Government - Liberty Loan of 1917

Get Behind the Government - Liberty Loan of 1917


United War Work Campaign - 7

United War Work Campaign - 7


Workingmen's Lincoln Dinner

Workingmen's Lincoln Dinner

N.Y. March 8, 1900.

Gas Companies Employees Mutual Aid Society of N.Y.

Gas Companies Employees Mutual Aid Society of N.Y.

Donnelly's Grove. College Point L.I. Saturday June 8th, 1912. | On verso: H. Harris Co. Patentees N.Y....

For Governor, Theodore Roosevelt

For Governor, Theodore Roosevelt

On verso: W. F. Miller & Co. 28 Duane St. N.Y. City.

AIDS Walk New York

AIDS Walk New York

On sticker: AIDS Walk New York 10 Kilometers Completed May 18, 1997. On verso: Call GMHC Hotline 212-807-6655....

10th Annual AIDS Walk

10th Annual AIDS Walk

On sticker: AIDS Walk New York 10 Kilometers Completed on May 21, 1995. 10th Annual. | On verso: For...

AIDS Walk New York - 10 Kilometers Completed - May 22, 1994

AIDS Walk New York - 10 Kilometers Completed - May 22, 1994

On verso: For More Information Call GMHC Hotline 212-807-6655.

AIDS Walk New York - 10 Kilometers Completed - May 2nd, 1993

AIDS Walk New York - 10 Kilometers Completed - May 2nd, 1993

On verso: For AIDS Information Call GMHC Hotline 212-807-6655.

AIDS Walk New York - 10 Kilometers Completed - May 31, 1992

AIDS Walk New York - 10 Kilometers Completed - May 31, 1992


AIDS Walk New York - 10 Kilometers Completed [...]91

AIDS Walk New York - 10 Kilometers Completed [...]91


Col. Theodore Roosevelt

Col. Theodore Roosevelt

On rim: Copyright 1898.

Joe Bernstein

Joe Bernstein

On verso: Made by Con[...] [...] Za[...] 166 West 23rd St., New York.

Hillary for U.S. Senate

Hillary for U.S. Senate

On rim: Bold Concepts NYC 212-764-6330.

Haz el Amor con un Condon

Haz el Amor con un Condon


Protegerse es Quererse!

Protegerse es Quererse!


Women's Education Services - a Place for Women.;

Women's Education Services - a Place for Women.;


A More Human Approach to HIV Testing

A More Human Approach to HIV Testing


United Liberty League

United Liberty League

On verso: Metropolitan Equipment Co. 124 East 14th St., N.Y. All Goods Guaranteed Union Made.W. & H....

Knights of the Golden Eagle

Knights of the Golden Eagle

On verso: American Pepsin Gum Co. Button made by the Whitehead & Hoag Co. Newark, N.J., U.S.A. Pat. April...

I Sell the New York Evening Journal - One Cent

I Sell the New York Evening Journal - One Cent


Ain't I De Moden Diogenes Lookin Fer a Honest Man Will I Find Him Say -  High Admiral Cigarette

Ain't I De Moden Diogenes Lookin Fer a Honest Man Will I Find Him Say - High Admiral Cigarette

On rim: Copyrighted 1896 B. Neuberger N.Y. On verso: High Admiral Cigarette. N.Y. Journal. Yellow Kid....

Never Bin Spanked - High Admiral Cigarette

Never Bin Spanked - High Admiral Cigarette

On rim: Copyrighted 1896 B. Neuberger N.Y. On verso: High Admiral Cigarette. N.Y. Journal. Yellow Kid....

W. J. Utter Gen. Agt. Preferred Accident Ins. Co. 257 Broadway

W. J. Utter Gen. Agt. Preferred Accident Ins. Co. 257 Broadway


Our Platform 16 to 1 Will Sweep the Nation - High Admiral Cigarette

Our Platform 16 to 1 Will Sweep the Nation - High Admiral Cigarette

On verso: Whitehead & Hoag Co. Badges & Buttons Newark, N.J. Pat. July 17, 1894. April 4, 1896.

Curran

Curran

Most likely a campaign button for Paul J. Curran's election to the New York State Assembly.

Ah! There - Sweet Caporal Cigarette

Ah! There - Sweet Caporal Cigarette


"I'se in Town Honey!" - Aunt Jemima

"I'se in Town Honey!" - Aunt Jemima

Possibly from the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.

For Governor - Bird S. Coler

For Governor - Bird S. Coler


Italian Power

Italian Power

On rim: © Big Store 112 MacDougal St., NYC.

Let's Legalize Pot

Let's Legalize Pot

On rim: [...] St. Mark's Pl. NYC 10003

Socrates Eats Hemlock

Socrates Eats Hemlock


Mary Poppins is a Junkie

Mary Poppins is a Junkie

On rim: © Big Store 112 MacDougal St., NYC.

Re-Elect Senator Barbour

Re-Elect Senator Barbour


Keep Me High and I'll Ball You Forever

Keep Me High and I'll Ball You Forever


God is Alive - He Just Doesn't Want to Get Involved

God is Alive - He Just Doesn't Want to Get Involved


LSD - Support Your Local Travel Agent

LSD - Support Your Local Travel Agent


Marcel Proust is a Yenta

Marcel Proust is a Yenta

On rim: © Big Store 112 MacDougal St., NYC.

I'm a Plainclothes Hippie

I'm a Plainclothes Hippie

On rim: © Big Store 112 MacDougal St., NYC.

God is Alive and Well in Mexico City

God is Alive and Well in Mexico City

On rim: © Big Store NY. Post 66.

One of the nice things about New York

One of the nice things about New York

On verso: Moral[e] booster and advertisement pin from D'Agostino store N.E. 3rd Ave. and 25th St. Given...

Progressive Party

Progressive Party

Illegible maker's mark on rim.

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