Saturday, July 26, 2008

"I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!"

Recently, William J. Wallis sent me this photo of a Fullerton “Special Police” badge. He got the badge from a "seasoned" Fullerton Police Dept. retiree a few years ago, who told him it came from the Citrus Strike of 1936. The badge is marked on the back with, "L.A. Stamp and Stationary Co." I thought it was an interesting artifact.
On a related note, I spotted what appears to be an 1890s O.C. Deputy Sheriff badge on eBay yesterday. Here it is:This is the style of badge that was used until 1899. I know there are lots of badge forgeries out there, but if this is a fake, it's a very good one.


ockid said...

There are so many fake law enforcement badges out there -- sometimes made up of parts of real badges -- that it's probably best to always be skeptical of any new "find."

Captain said...

Uh oh... you mentioned the Citrus Strike of 1936. That's Gustavo Arellano's cue to mount his soap box.

Chris Jepsen said...

FYI - The badge sold for $724.77! Yikes!

Gustavo Arellano said...

Hardee-har-har, Captain! Heaven forbid I advocate for thorough history as opposed to Gunkist memories. Keep living in your orange crate label, amigo!