Restricted Japanese Work Badge...
Design - Beyond the collectability of work or employee badge/ids this one is extremely special due to it's historical significance. Following Pearl Harbor during WWII the islands of Hawaii were placed under martial law by the government. The Japanese made up nearly 1/3 of Hawaii's population and unlike the Japanese on the mainland, the majority, were not placed in internment camps. Because they were vital to the workforce of the islands most were allowed to continue working, but were placed under "restriction" and allowed only to go to and from work. These workers were especially needed for things like sugar for the war effort.
The worker in this photo worked for Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company, Maui. Employee "Restricted #WO2685" likely cutting sugar canes. There is also a embossing to the paper that reads "-CIB-" repeated in a ring around the badge. On the back it is stamped by the maker "Whitehead Hoag".
Condition - There is worn condition with tarnishing and scratches the plastic and metal and a slight waving to the photograph.
Important WWII collectors piece or workwear piece to add to your collection
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