Early 1910s Amawalk Nurseries (Yorktown, New York) Worker Low # Badge 1st Live National Tree Grower
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Early 1910s Amawalk Nurseries (Yorktown, New York) Worker Low # Badge 1st Live National Tree Grower

Code: mlua00000

$115.00

Product Description

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ARTIFACT: This is an early 1910s worker badge with a low number (9) for Amawalk Nurseries of Yorktown, New York. The first live National Christmas Tree planted in Washington, D.C. was provided by Amawalk in 1924. The first tree ever had been presented to President Coolidge by Middlebury College the previous year, but it was a cut tree, and the President decided to make the next one a live one. Shortly after the 1924 lighting ceremony, bulbs donated by the Electric Institute promptly exploded, entertaining the crowds with firecracker noises. Originally conceived by Civil War veteran Major Orlando Jay Smith, Amawalk would supply trees for many notable people and events, including the 1939 World's Fair, Captain Rene Fonck (WWI ace), the Queen of Belgium and the Unknown Soldier (for his tomb).

VINTAGE: Circa early 1910s.

SIZE: Approximately 2-1/8" in height and 1-13/16" in width.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Nickel-plated brass with painted lettering.

ATTACHMENT: Vertical kick pin (C catch is missing).

MARKINGS: None.

ITEM NOTES: This is from an agricultural collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. VAJX12 LAAEX6/12

CONDITION: 6 (Fine+): The badge shows moderate wear with most of the painted lettering worn away; catch is missing.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.