Rare highly collectible vintage World War 2 era employee photo badge. These badges are in high demand, quite scarce, and it's doubly rare to find one of a female worker! The pin badge is a shiny silver-tone metal marked "Iron Fireman Mfg Co. Cleveland, O" in red on front. According to my research, the Iron Fireman Manufacturing Company opened this particular Ohio factory in order to manufacture engines for Liberty ships used in the war. They won a very prestigious Maritime “M” award, which was only given to 3% of the manufacturers supporting the war’s maritime effort. The photo of this bespectacled young lady, or employee number 2351, is in wonderful condition for its age and still retains the original transparent celluloid covering. The backside has a functioning safety catch pin and the base is stamped "The Whitehead & Hoag Co. Newark, NJ PAT'D AUG 2 21." The badge measures 1-9/16 inches x 1-5/16 inches (40mm x 32mm) with some light tarnish and plate wear to the metal from over the years. A truly exceptional piece of history. Great for collections, display, and so on!
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