S008177 POLICE "1942" LAPEL PIN. (Aufschlagnadel)

BACKGROUND: In December 1934 the NSDAP, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Workerís Party), held the first, "Tag der Deutschen Polizei", (Day of the German Police), which was intended to be an annual public relations propaganda exercise to promote goodwill between the police and the public. During the two day event the police also raised funds for the WHW, Winterhilfswerk, (Winter Assistance Work), which was under the auspices of the NS-Volkswohlfahrt, (National Socialist-Peopleís Social Welfare Organization). The Day of the German Police was held annually until 1944 and in an effort to raise funds for the WHW and to commemorate the events numerous donation "gifts" including assorted miniature traffic signs, miniature police figures, lapel pins and postcards were created and distributed to the public. This lapel pin is an example of the donation "gifts" that were made available in 1942.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 26mm tall, 28mm wide, silver washed, die cast zinc alloy construction lapel pin is in the form an embossed, second pattern wreathed, police eagle, with out-stretched wings, clutching a wreathed, canted, swastika in itís talons, as introduced on June 25TH 1936 with a scrolled banner to the bottom center with the impressed date, "1942". The reverse of the lapel pin has a horizontal pin back device secured by raised crimps.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $35.00

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