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Cop/Ed piece

early 1900s

The Seattle Police Department of the early 1900s issued this pinback badge to reporters. This one is identical to the city’s police badges of the era, except for the numerical “Press” star in the center, and could easily have been interpreted as a police badge. This illustrates the close ties and trust conferred upon the reporters by law-enforcement agencies. Early police officials frequently curried the favor of friendly newsmen, a practice not unknown even today, although practiced far less openly than in those times.

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