|The picture shows a view of all (21) Small Old American Legion Veteran Fraternal Items in this lot. There is a variety of items in this lot. Some of them are dated and all of them are old.|
The first item is an unused 1945 Hospitality Card. It is from the ''Service Men's Dormitory at Long Beach, California'' which was operated by the Arthur L. Peterson Post No. 27 of The American Legion. The front is not filled in. The back is stamp dated ''OCT 22 1945'' and it is also stamped ''BUNK NO. 84''.
The next item is an unused Citizenship Card. It was from The Massachusetts American Legion Auxiliary. It is unsigned and the back has the ''AMERICAN CREED'' by Edgar A. Guest.
Next is a 1970 American Legion Award Card for enrolling 15 members by the end of 1969. It has the members name ''ALLEN E. DREW'' and number typed.
Next there are (2) Official American Legion Membership Cards. These are from 1973 and 1979. They are both for the same man ''ALLEN E. DREW''. The 1973 card has some information filled in on the back and the 1979 card has an ''Early Bird'' sticker on the front. These are from the ''CLARENCE L PERKINS POST NO. 60'' of Farmington, New Hampshire. They are both filled in and signed.
There are (2) old unused Official American Legion emblem decals. There is information and instructions are on the backs of these.
There is an unused 1952 American Legion ''REHABILITATION'' stamp.
There is an old enameled American Legion ''Past Commander'' medal. It has a name engraved on the back. It has a pin bar section at the top, a ribbon, and a hanging medal at the bottom with the American Legion emblem. It is marked on the two sides as follows:
H. B. JOHNSON (engraved)
PAT. JUNE - 1 - 20
Next there is an American Legion Auxiliary brooch pin. It is in the shape of a basket with (26) colored stones and pearls. It has an enameled Auxiliary emblem in the center.
Next there is an old ''LADIES AUXILIARY'' celluloid pinback button.
There is a colorful American Legion celluloid pin back button. The emblem is in the center and there is an American flag border.
There is an American Legion, Veteran made 2000 Memorium poppy flower. These were acquired by making a donation.
There is a carded American Legion 20 Year gold pin. It is enameled and it has a screw back section. The pin and the card read as follows:
1/10 10K. GOLD FILLED EMBLEM
1/10 10K GF
PAT. DE. 54907
LEAVENS MFG. CO.
Next there are three enameled member pins. One of them is silver. They have the American Legion emblem and a screw back section. They are marked:
PAT. DE. 54296
PAT. DE. 54296
PAT. DEC. 9, 1919
O.C. TANNER CO.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
There is an enameled screwback pin in the shape of the state of Illinois. It has the American Legion logo, three Union marks, and is marked:
GREEN DUCK CO. CHICAGO
The last pin in this lot is another enameled one. It has the American Legion Auxiliary emblem and is marked:
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY
PAT. DE. 55398
The last two items in this lot are two different American Legion uniform buttons. They both have the American Legion emblem and they are marked as follows:
WATERBURY BUTTON CO.
PAT. 54296 REN '35
All of these items for one price! To judge the sizes the decal sheets each measure 3-1/8'' x 3-3/16''. These items range from excellent to mint condition as pictured. Below here, for reference is some Historic background information on The American Legion:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The American Legion is an organization of veterans of the United States armed forces who served in wartime. The Organization was founded in 1919 by veterans returning from Europe after World War I and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The group has nearly 3 million members.
In addition to organizing commemorative events and volunteer activities, the American Legion is active in United States politics. While its primary political activity is lobbying for the interests of veterans, including support for veterans benefits such as pensions and the Veterans Affairs hospital system, it has also been involved in more general political issues, generally taking a conservative position. Most criticism of the Legion is based on its political activities.
The state American Legions run an annual civic training event for high school juniors called Boys State. Two members from each Boys State are selected for Boys Nation. The American Legion Auxiliary runs Girls State and Girls Nation. The American Legion also hosts many social events.
The American Legion's Post Officers Guide recounts the organization's founding, indicating that: A group of twenty officers who served in the American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.) in France in World War I is credited with planning the Legion. A.E.F. Headquarters asked these officers to suggest ideas on how to improve troop morale. One officer, Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., proposed an organization of veterans. In 1919, this group formed a temporary committee and selected several hundred officers who had the confidence and respect of the whole army. When the first organization meeting took place in Paris on April 7, 1919, about 1,000 officers and enlisted men attended. The meeting, known as the Paris Caucus, adopted a temporary constitution and the name The American Legion. It also elected an executive committee to complete the organization's work. It considered each soldier of the A.E.F. a member of the Legion. The executive committee named a subcommittee to organize veterans at home in the U.S. The Legion held a second organizing caucus in St. Louis, Missouri, in May 1919.
Quentin Roosevelt Post 1 of St. Louis Mo. was established during the St. Louis Caucus May 9th through the 10th, in 1919, making them the first American Legion post in the United States. The post 1 was named after Quentin Roosevelt, the son of President Theodore Roosevelt. Queintin Roosevelt was a pilot shot down and killed during WWI.
The George Washington Post 1 in Washington, D.C., organized March 7, 1919, obtained the first charter issued to any Post of The American Legion on May 19, 1919. Originally, the Post was named the ''General John Joseph Pershing Post Number 1'' in part to its members' sincere admiration of Pershing as a man, as well as their appreciation for his career as a soldier in the United States Army. However, at the St. Louis caucus that same year, members decided that Posts of the American Legion should not be named after living persons, and therefore the ''Pioneer Post'' was given its new and current name. It completed the constitution and made plans for a permanent organization. It set up temporary headquarters in New York City, and began its relief, employment, and Americanism programs.
Congress granted the Legion a national charter in September 1919. American Legion Post No.1 is in Wheeling, West Virginia. From the diary of Alvin C. York: ''April 7, 1919 Paris - I arrived in Paris at 8:30 A.M. and 10:30 A.M. was our meeting. I was there on time at the Hotel De Babriel. So we had the meeting all day until 5:30 P.M. This second time I went to Paris was to attend the first meeting that was called to organize the American Legion. I represented my division as a noncommissioned officer. Captain Williams of the machine gun company represented the commissioned officers of our division. And we all organized the American Legion that day in the Hotel. And there were officers and men representing all of the different American outfits in France. So I am a charter member of the American Legion.''