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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.
Grant Monument, Riverside Drive, New York

Grant Monument, Riverside Drive, New York


Opening of the West Washington Market

Opening of the West Washington Market

Jan'y 26th 1889.

Souvenir of New York - Statue of Liberty

Souvenir of New York - Statue of Liberty

On rim: Hammer Bros., N. Y.C.

New York - Civic Escort to President elect Grover Cleveland

New York - Civic Escort to President elect Grover Cleveland

New York Business Men's Cleveland and Stevenson Clubs. March 4, 1893.

Grand Sachem - John R. Voorhis - Society of Tammany or Columbian Order. July 4th, 1789-1917

Grand Sachem - John R. Voorhis - Society of Tammany or Columbian Order. July 4th, 1789-1917

Worn by John R. Voorhis.

Wild Style

Wild Style

Advertising the 1983 film Wild Style.

John D. Crimmins - Association of Exempt and Volunteer Firemen of New York City

John D. Crimmins - Association of Exempt and Volunteer Firemen of New York City

On verso: Association of Exempt and Volunteer Firemen of Ye Department of the City of New York - To Decoration...

Rudy Giuliani Nuestro Alcalde;

Rudy Giuliani Nuestro Alcalde;


Exempt Firemens Ben.[evolent] Ass'n Fund Ass'n 23rd-27th Ward

Exempt Firemens Ben.[evolent] Ass'n Fund Ass'n 23rd-27th Ward


Impeach Mayor Lindsay

Impeach Mayor Lindsay


Tammany Hall Inauguration of Cleveland and Stevenson

Tammany Hall Inauguration of Cleveland and Stevenson

March 4, 1893. | Badge worn by John D. Crimmins.

AIDS Walk New York

AIDS Walk New York


1789 - 1889 - Public Schools New York City

1789 - 1889 - Public Schools New York City


Another New Yorker for Hillary

Another New Yorker for Hillary


Hudson - Fulton Celebration Sept. 25 to Oct. 9

Hudson - Fulton Celebration Sept. 25 to Oct. 9


Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York

Annin & Co. N.Y.

The Hero of Manila

The Hero of Manila


Twenty-three Skidoo - Keep Out the Monkey House

Twenty-three Skidoo - Keep Out the Monkey House


Celebration of Operation of Municipal Ferries - Guest 1905

Celebration of Operation of Municipal Ferries - Guest 1905

Geo. B. McClennan - Mayor - October 25th, 1905. | On verso of badge: Department of Docks and Ferries...

Opening of George Washington Bridge. Oct. 24, 1931

Opening of George Washington Bridge. Oct. 24, 1931

Includes button with portrait of George Washington.

Veteran Firemen's Association of the City of New York

Veteran Firemen's Association of the City of New York

Hudson, Oct. 7, 1891.

Vote [Brush] and a Clean City Government

Vote [Brush] and a Clean City Government

Possibly a campaign button for George Washington Brush.

Foreign Language Division - 2nd Federal Reserve District - Italian Committee

Foreign Language Division - 2nd Federal Reserve District - Italian Committee


For Mayor of Greater New York City - Seth Low

For Mayor of Greater New York City - Seth Low

On rim: Copyrighted Rockwood '94.

New York and Brooklyn Bridge - May 24th 1883

New York and Brooklyn Bridge - May 24th 1883

Vice President.

Welcome Home 27th N.Y. Division

Welcome Home 27th N.Y. Division


Time for Honesty! New York City Needs Louis J. Lefkowitz for Mayor

Time for Honesty! New York City Needs Louis J. Lefkowitz for Mayor


For President - Theodore Roosevelt - Ultrecht Republican Club

For President - Theodore Roosevelt - Ultrecht Republican Club


Rockefeller for Governor

Rockefeller for Governor


We Mourn our Loss, John Purroy Mitchel;

We Mourn our Loss, John Purroy Mitchel;


Bella Abzug for Congress

Bella Abzug for Congress


Elect the Demotractic Ticket - Vote Row B;

Elect the Demotractic Ticket - Vote Row B;

For Governor - Harriman. For Attorney General - Roosevelt. For Lt. Governor - De Luca. For Comptroller-...

Trustee - Exempt Firemen's B.[enevolent] F.[und] Ass'n

Trustee - Exempt Firemen's B.[enevolent] F.[und] Ass'n


Republican County Committee

Republican County Committee

McKinley and Roosevelt. Odell and Woodruff.;

Ye Olde Mill - Coney Island;

Ye Olde Mill - Coney Island;


Field Judge, Jumps - Amateur Athletics Union Track and Field Championships

Field Judge, Jumps - Amateur Athletics Union Track and Field Championships

Manhattan Field August 28, 1897.

Geraldine Ferraro - America's First Woman Vice Pres. - 1984

Geraldine Ferraro - America's First Woman Vice Pres. - 1984


Trustee Exempt Firemen's Sons Association

Trustee Exempt Firemen's Sons Association


United City Party Democrat for LaGuardia

United City Party Democrat for LaGuardia


Vote Row C - Make Marcantonio Mayor - American Labor Party

Vote Row C - Make Marcantonio Mayor - American Labor Party

Two union labels on verso.

In Memoriam - Tammany Hall - Usher

In Memoriam - Tammany Hall - Usher

June 11th, 1886.

[Staten Island] - Vote Yes

[Staten Island] - Vote Yes


2nd Red Cross War Fund, Sexton

2nd Red Cross War Fund, Sexton


3 Campaign buttons .5 benj. F. Tracy 1897 .6 henry george 1897 .7 henry george 1897

3 Campaign buttons .5 benj. F. Tracy 1897 .6 henry george 1897 .7 henry george 1897


For Mayor of Greater New York. Benjamin F. Tracy.

For Mayor of Greater New York. Benjamin F. Tracy.


[Benjamin Odell with an unidentified candidate.]

[Benjamin Odell with an unidentified candidate.]


.59- Button, 'for mayor, edward m. Shepard' .60- button, 'one good tern deserves another'/ b. B. Odell, jr.

.59- Button, 'for mayor, edward m. Shepard' .60- button, 'one good tern deserves another'/ b. B. Odell, jr.


Sal

Sal

Campaign pin for Sal F. Albanese. | On verso: IPBA Local 137 Union. AFL-CIO.

AIDS Walk New York

AIDS Walk New York

05/22/94

AIDS Walk New York 1992

AIDS Walk New York 1992


AIDS Walk New York 1993

AIDS Walk New York 1993


George Washington Bicentennial 1732- 1932

George Washington Bicentennial 1732- 1932


Welcome Home 77th Div.

Welcome Home 77th Div.


Welcome Home 42nd Rainbow Division

Welcome Home 42nd Rainbow Division


United War Campaign 7

United War Campaign 7


[Red cross on white background.]

[Red cross on white background.]


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