Naval Shipyard Worker Summer of 1918...
Design - Beyond the collectability of work or employee badge/ids this one is extremely special due to it's historical significance. During the last year of WWI the government called 100s of thousands of workers to their shipyards to learn to build and repair ships. The laborers that worked these jobs were exempt from having to enlist in the war and are credited for building the navy and for mass production of naval ships. It was a rare opportunity in a rather bleak moment in history with many unemployed, wartime and the flue epidemic claiming so many this changed the lives of many of the workers and their families. The New York Naval Shipyard was one of the first naval shipyards.
The man in this photo appears in the clothing of the day with his cap and suit with a high knot tie. He has two worker numbers #52816 and underneath it#20687 then "Navy Yard N.Y." with the date 6-10-18 we know this worker joined the shipyard in June, just five months before the end of WWI.
Condition - There is tarnishing to the metal and scratches on the plastic with a brown mark next to the workers cap. This piece turns 100 this year and is in great condition concidering its age and that it was worn to work everyday for heavy labor.
Important WWII collectors piece or workwear piece to add to your collection
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