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1890s

A shortcoming of early press badges was that they were not secure ? they could be lent, borrowed, lost, or stolen. Consequently, a few badges were engraved on their face with the name of the badgeholder. The Times star at left is engraved “E.L. McPhelim,” and odd-shaped Herald badge at right carries the initials “G.A.H.” Both of these silver badges date from around the 1890s. City origin is not known for certain, but could be New York ? the Times piece is of unusually high quality.

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