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 Post subject: N.A.A. lapel pins
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 8:53 pm 
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I acquired these three lapel pins yesterday.

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Of interest, the bird is heading in a different direction in one of them, and two of the pins have the letter "K" [Kansas??] on them.

One of them has blue enamel.

Does anyone here, know more about the meaning behind these variations?

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Tulio,

I have 2 NAA pins one is like the blue one you have, the other has a red stone in the center. My dad had both of these in his NAA tool box.

I think the "K" is indeed Kansas, I have a cloth patch with a "T" in the center...for Texas that is part of my dad's stuff.

I don't know if there is any meaning to the left or right facing bird. On most NAA logos the bird faces right.

Cool to see the K stamp.

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Thank you, Zane.

Wild guess time, probably the enameled pin was meant for, let's say, management, and the plain brass for the general employees?

Interesting stuff.

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I've got some notes somewhere...... and also in my collection of the NAA "Skyline" journals I have some data....

K indeed is for Kansas


there were many variations - they also were called service pins - and depending on the duration of the employment, such pins were also adorned with different gemstones.

I recall such with a blue stone in the center, or with three red stones (rubys ?) in the corners - those with stones usually were golden, others appeared to be silver...., some (simple ones) wre brass

okay, I am rambling - let's get out those notes first.

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Martin

here are two blue ones - one is for 3 years service, the other one IIRC for one year:

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a nice variation - 10K gold with white stone as pendant instead of pin

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just found a good reference online:


http://www.xb-70.com/hobby/naa_pins/

...back to work :roll:

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martin, are you going to post those p-61 morotai pics soon?? thanks, tom

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Thank you all!


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Tulio's post got me interested in these NAA pins.
I started searching for them and so far have collected this one.
The pin has a screw back and is small, only 1" across.
The back indicates it's sterling silver.

Can anybody tell me more about it?

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Bill

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 Post subject: Re: N.A.A. lapel pins
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Tulio wrote:
I acquired these three Custom Lapel Pins yesterday.

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Of interest, the bird is heading in a different direction in one of them, and two of the pins have the letter "K" [Kansas??] on them.

One of them has blue enamel.

Does anyone here, know more about the meaning behind these variations?

Saludos,


Tulio


Hi Tulio,
sorry! but i am unable to see your images. Could you plz PM me.


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