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More Wyatt Earp than Heywood broun

circa 1900

This circa-1900 press reporter’s pinback badge is made of thin nickeled brass, hand-engraved by a jeweler. The badge utilizes three different fonts, including two lines of so-called “Barnum & Bailey” or “circus” type. Use of the word “correspondent” suggests that this credential may have been issued to a stringer, rather than to a staff reporter. The Milwaukee (Wis.) Sentinel began publishing in 1837, and after merging with The Milwaukee Journal in 1995, continues today as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The badge is two-and-one-half inches in diameter, and its design is called a “six-point balltip star.”

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