This is an early World War II worker identification badge for the South Portland Shipbuilding Corporation in South Portland, Maine. The sleepy little community of South Portland underwent a sea change with the advent of World War II: two shipyards were built there within two years. The South Portland Shipbuilding Corporation, also known as the “West Yard”, started in 1941, following the Todd-Bath Iron (“East”) Yard formed a year earlier. Both yards steamed along until 1943, when they merged into the New England Shipbuilding Corporation. The badge is by Whitehead & Hoag.
Circa early World War II.
Approximately 1-3/4” in diameter.
Plated brass, celluloid, paper, photograph.
Vertical safety-style pin.
WHITEHEAD - HOAG.
This is from a war worker collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. VCEX11 LHEX3/12
7- (Very Fine-): The badge has some areas of light to medium wear and tarnish and the photo and celluloid show spots of aging.
As with all my items, this piece is guaranteed original.