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Badges Collection

"Unveiling the Stories Behind Badges: A Journey through History and Identity" Step into a captivating world where badges become windows to the past

Background imageBadges Collection: WW2 poster, activities of 52 (Lowland) Division

WW2 poster, activities of 52 (Lowland) Division
Screen-print poster, published circa 1950, showing the activities of the 52nd Lowland Division during the Second World War, with a map of Northern Europe, and unit badges along the top and bottom

Background imageBadges Collection: WW2 Poster -- Map of the British Army

WW2 Poster -- Map of the British Army
A Map of the British Army with Battle Honours, Military Achievements and Regimental Badges, first published in 1944 by HM Forces Savings Committee

Background imageBadges Collection: Firefighters on a tea break after fire St Katherines Dock

Firefighters on a tea break after fire St Katherines Dock
London firefighters (with cork helmets) and Auxiliary Fire Service firefighters (with tin hats and AFS badges on their tunics)

Background imageBadges Collection: Badges of Scottish Regiments - World War One

Badges of Scottish Regiments - World War One - Remember our Gallant Wounded Overseas and at the Dardanelles. Date: circa 1917

Background imageBadges Collection: Club Caps & Colours

Club Caps & Colours
Badges caps and colours of English county cricket clubs

Background imageBadges Collection: Rank badges of the National Fire Service from Chief Regional Officer to Leading Fireman

Rank badges of the National Fire Service from Chief Regional Officer to Leading Fireman. September 1941

Background imageBadges Collection: 1950s Cinema - Childrens Saturday Matinee

1950s Cinema - Childrens Saturday Matinee. Boys and girls looking up at the screen and laughing. Two of the boys are wearing ABC badges -- the name of the cinema. Date: 1954

Background imageBadges Collection: WW2 Poster -- Formation Signs

WW2 Poster -- Formation Signs
Formation signs, dated 8 May 1945. Chromolithograph poster, showing various formation signs of infantry and armoured divisions, brigades, groups, including Airborne TPS, GHQ Liaison Regiment

Background imageBadges Collection: Great Orders of Knighthood and other high decorations

Great Orders of Knighthood and other high decorations
Insignia of the chief orders following in importance that of the Garter. The ribbons are represented by the backgrounds, except in the Order of Merit, and that of the Companions of Honour. Date: 1937

Background imageBadges Collection: The Houses of York and Lancaster, their Origin and Re-Union, Genealogy of the Kings from Edward

The Houses of York and Lancaster, their Origin and Re-Union, Genealogy of the Kings from Edward III to Henry VII
973055 The Houses of York and Lancaster, their Origin and Re-Union, Genealogy of the Kings from Edward III to Henry VII, with their Armorial Bearings and Badges (coloured engraving)

Background imageBadges Collection: Suffragette selling badges

Suffragette selling badges Date: circa 1910s

Background imageBadges Collection: Boy Scout Uniform and Badges, 1944. Creator: Kenneth Brookes

Boy Scout Uniform and Badges, 1944. Creator: Kenneth Brookes
Boy Scout Uniform and Badges, 1944. Patrol leaders hat badge; scarf of troop colour; all-round cords for six badges; staff of shoulder height

Background imageBadges Collection: Womens uniforms and badges, WW2

Womens uniforms and badges, WW2
Badges and uniforms of women serving in the Second World War, including WRENS, ATS and WaF. Date: 1940

Background imageBadges Collection: Military badge jewellery, WW1

Military badge jewellery, WW1
Advertisement for regimental badges available from the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company. Made of gold or palladium, they were set with diamonds or other precious stones. Date: 1917

Background imageBadges Collection: Ibadan Gate - Nigeria, West Africa

Ibadan Gate - Nigeria, West Africa
Ibadan Gate No.4 and Iwo Gate - Nigeria, West Africa Date: circa 1905

Background imageBadges Collection: Lord Mountbatten inspecting Sea Scouts

Lord Mountbatten inspecting Sea Scouts
Lord Louis Mountbatten of Burma, Commodore of Sea Scouts, inspecting the 2nd Cowes Sea Scouts on the opening of their new Headquarters. August 1977

Background imageBadges Collection: Cub Seals on Ascension Island, South Atlantic

Cub Seals on Ascension Island, South Atlantic, with a large green turtle on a sandy beach, working towards their conservation badges. Date: circa 1980s

Background imageBadges Collection: Close-up of a vintage Bentley car

Close-up of a vintage Bentley car, with large headlamps and various badges. Date: circa 1960s

Background imageBadges Collection: King Ferdinand of Bulgaria

King Ferdinand of Bulgaria
King Ferdinand I of Bulgaria(1861-1948). Date: circa 1909

Background imageBadges Collection: Police sergeant with women in military uniform, WW1

Police sergeant with women in military uniform, WW1
Police sergeant standing in front of a car (or ambulance) with a group of women in military uniform, WW1. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageBadges Collection: Guides and Scouts at Baden Powell House, London

Guides and Scouts at Baden Powell House, London
Girl Guides and Boy Scouts relaxing at Baden Powell House, Queens Gate, South Kensington, London. The building was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1961. Date: circa 1960s

Background imageBadges Collection: Corporal of 16th The Queens Lancers

Corporal of 16th The Queens Lancers
Corporal of The 16th The Queens Lancers - the medals worn are the India Medal (2 bars)and the Distunguished Conduct Medal

Background imageBadges Collection: Coat of arms of Liverpool, England, 1907 (engraving)

Coat of arms of Liverpool, England, 1907 (engraving)
6317641 Coat of arms of Liverpool, England, 1907 (engraving) by English School, (20th century); (add.info.: Coat of arms of Liverpool, England)

Background imageBadges Collection: Coat of arms of Glasgow, Scotland. From The Business Encyclopaedia and Legal Adviser, published 1907

Coat of arms of Glasgow, Scotland. From The Business Encyclopaedia and Legal Adviser, published 1907

Background imageBadges Collection: Ufo Badges 20C

Ufo Badges 20C
Two UFO badges, as worn by enthusiasts

Background imageBadges Collection: Mitsubishi Carisma car October 1998

Mitsubishi Carisma car October 1998

Background imageBadges Collection: A fireman wearing the new National Fire Service cap and breast badge

A fireman wearing the new National Fire Service cap and breast badge. The number takes the place of the name of the brigade going forwards. September 1941

Background imageBadges Collection: Gosforth Senior Grammar School, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, 6th February 1973

Gosforth Senior Grammar School, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, 6th February 1973

Background imageBadges Collection: Women's belt badges

Women's belt badges
5856320 Women's belt badges.; (add.info.: Women's belt badges with classical scenes. Hand-colored lithograph from "Fashions and Customs of Marie Antoinette and her Times)

Background imageBadges Collection: Quelques insignes de sections automobiles, 1918. Creator: Unknown

Quelques insignes de sections automobiles, 1918. Creator: Unknown
Quelques insignes de sections automobiles, 1918. From "L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919, Volume 2" [L'Illustration, Paris, 1924]

Background imageBadges Collection: The Peace Illuminations - the Horse Guards, Whitehall Front, 1856. Creator: Unknown

The Peace Illuminations - the Horse Guards, Whitehall Front, 1856. Creator: Unknown
The Peace Illuminations - the Horse Guards, Whitehall Front, 1856. London celebrations to mark the end of the Crimean War

Background imageBadges Collection: Lt. Col. Thomas Duncan, between 1910 and 1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Lt. Col

Lt. Col. Thomas Duncan, between 1910 and 1920. Creator: Harris & Ewing. Lt. Col. Thomas Duncan, between 1910 and 1920
Lt. Col. Thomas Duncan, between 1910 and 1920. US military officer at his desk, wearing Pistol Expert and Marksman A badges

Background imageBadges Collection: William Howard Taft and family, between 1910 and 1921. Creator: Harris & Ewing

William Howard Taft and family, between 1910 and 1921. Creator: Harris & Ewing
William Howard Taft and family, between 1910 and 1921. US president with sons Robert and Charles, and daughter Helen

Background imageBadges Collection: Ex-Oklahoma farmer, one of the leaders in the strike of cotton pickers, Kern County, CA, 1938

Ex-Oklahoma farmer, one of the leaders in the strike of cotton pickers, Kern County, CA, 1938. Creator: Dorothea Lange
Ex-Oklahoma farmer, one of the leaders in the strike of cotton pickers. Kern County, California. The growers set price of cotton at seventy-five cents per one hundred pounds picked

Background imageBadges Collection: Ex-Oklahoma farmer, one of the leaders in the strike of cotton pickers, Kern County, CA, 1938

Ex-Oklahoma farmer, one of the leaders in the strike of cotton pickers, Kern County, CA, 1938. Creator: Dorothea Lange
Ex-Oklahoma farmer, one of the leaders in the strike of cotton pickers. Kern County, California. The growers set price of cotton at seventy-five cents per one hundred pounds picked

Background imageBadges Collection: Migratory field worker, leader of the cotton strike of October 1938, Kern County, California, 1938

Migratory field worker, leader of the cotton strike of October 1938, Kern County, California, 1938
Migratory field worker, leader of the cotton strike of October 1938, which took place just before the election. Kern County, California

Background imageBadges Collection: From Oklahoma farm (April 1938) to strike leader in California, Kern County, California, 1938

From Oklahoma farm (April 1938) to strike leader in California, Kern County, California, 1938. Creator: Dorothea Lange
From Oklahoma farm (April 1938) to strike leader in California. Cotton strike (Nov. 1938). He displays his union membership book. "Vote No on No

Background imageBadges Collection: Watermans arm badge, Ryde, Isle of Wight, c. 1840 (bronze)

Watermans arm badge, Ryde, Isle of Wight, c. 1840 (bronze)
2959908 Watermans arm badge, Ryde, Isle of Wight, c.1840 (bronze) by English School, (19th century); Timothy Millett Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageBadges Collection: London and Middlesex fire brigade rank markings

London and Middlesex fire brigade rank markings
The rank markings worn on senior and junior officers uniforms. The upper row were worn on officers walking-out uniform, the middle row were worn on their fire uniform

Background imageBadges Collection: Dublin Philharmonic Society Badge inscribed James Murray, 1784 (metal)

Dublin Philharmonic Society Badge inscribed James Murray, 1784 (metal)
2959943 Dublin Philharmonic Society Badge inscribed James Murray, 1784 (metal) by Irish School, (18th century); Timothy Millett Collection; Irish, out of copyright

Background imageBadges Collection: Close up of the breast badge of a National Fire Service uniform. September 1941

Close up of the breast badge of a National Fire Service uniform. September 1941

Background imageBadges Collection: David Cassidy fans. Left to right is Marian Highdale (16

David Cassidy fans. Left to right is Marian Highdale (16) Teresa McCartney (15) Glenda Balance (16) and Sian Holland (14). They wait for David outside his hotel in London

Background imageBadges Collection: Lemmy from Motorhead Full name Ian Fraser 'Lemmy'Kilmister

Lemmy from Motorhead Full name Ian Fraser "Lemmy"Kilmister
Lemmy from Motorhead Full name Ian Fraser " Lemmy" Kilmister, an English musician, singer, and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motorhead Picture taken 20th January 1986

Background imageBadges Collection: The 1st Rowlands Gill Girl Guide Company had something to celebrate when two of their

The 1st Rowlands Gill Girl Guide Company had something to celebrate when two of their members, Susan Swan and Shirley Best, received their Queens Guide Award in April 1972

Background imageBadges Collection: A three year effort has finally paid off for Girl Guides Susan Cole (left)

A three year effort has finally paid off for Girl Guides Susan Cole (left), Anne Hyde (centre) and Jill Henderson. The three members of the 5th Blyth Company have won the prized Queens Guide Award in

Background imageBadges Collection: Scout Group, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. October 1992

Scout Group, Lostwithiel, Cornwall. October 1992
A harvest home was held in the nearly completed new Scout HQ situated in the old cattle market. Harvest gifts were auctioned by Jack Payne and, as it was woggle week

Background imageBadges Collection: Mary, Princess Royal as Chief Girl Guide

Mary, Princess Royal as Chief Girl Guide
Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood (1897-1965), daughter of George V in her uniform as Chief Girl Guide. She took an active role in promoting the Girl Guide movement, the VADs



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"Unveiling the Stories Behind Badges: A Journey through History and Identity" Step into a captivating world where badges become windows to the past, revealing tales of bravery, unity, and heritage. From a striking WW2 poster showcasing the map of the British Army to an intriguing glimpse into the activities of 52 (Lowland) Division, these badges serve as silent witnesses to monumental moments in history. Transport yourself back to World War One with a collection proudly worn by Scottish Regiments, each emblem representing unwavering loyalty and sacrifice. Witness firefighters taking respite after battling flames at St Katherines Dock, their badges symbolizing courage amidst chaos. Delve into the realm of sportsmanship as club caps and colors proudly display team spirit. Explore genealogy through intricately designed coats of arms depicting the Houses of York and Lancaster's origin and reunion—a vivid tapestry woven with royal bloodlines. Discover how badges played an integral role during times of war; formation signs guiding troops on treacherous battlefields or adorning chests adorned with great orders of knighthood—an embodiment of honor bestowed upon exceptional individuals. Witness history unfold as suffragettes sell badges in their relentless pursuit for equality. Observe Lord Mountbatten inspecting Sea Scouts' insignias—symbols that inspire discipline and leadership among young minds. Marvel at Liverpool's coat-of-arms engraving from 1907—a visual testament to civic pride etched onto metal. And journey across oceans to Ascension Island where adorable cub seals bear witness to nature's wonders while sporting their own unique badge-like markings. In this mesmerizing exploration, we unravel stories hidden within these small but mighty symbols—badges that transcend time, reminding us all that behind every emblem lies a tale waiting patiently to be discovered.