This is a Nice WWII USO Camp Shows enameled Lapel Badge in Sterling Silver for a Volunteer.
USO Camp Show: Created in 1941, the United Service Organizations, or USO, was tasked by President Franklin D. Roosevelt with keeping the morale high for troops serving in World War II. The USO provided both recreational and aid service to troops overseas and on the homefront. USO Camp Shows, Inc., a division of the USO, was formed just six months after the creation of the USO. Hollywood actors and entertainers agreed to waive pay to perform for the troops. By 1942, USO Camp Shows, Inc. was the largest booking agency in the world and carried out over 270,000 performances from 1941 to 1945, featuring entertainers such as Bob Hope, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, and Lucille Ball. Acts ranged from singing, dancing, and comedy, to wrestling matches and providing portraits for soldiers. Around 7,000 performers traveled overseas to entertain the troops during World War II.
Approximately 1-1/4" x 9/16"
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION:
Sterling silver with enamel.
Screwback post with disc backing.
Bagde: STERLING MPB PTU Disc: MPB PTUROCHESTER. N.Y.BASTIAN BROS. CO.
This is from a homefront collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. PBJX19 LFEX05/19
7 (Very Fine+): Badge shows light wear and some small areas of tarnish.
GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.