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Postal inspector chest badge

1900s

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

U.S. Postal Inspection Service chest badge with vertical tension pin and clasp on verso. Six-pointed star encompasses circular medallion with eagle and shield emblem. Upper portion of medallion marked "U.S. POST OFFICE DEPT."; lower portion inscribed "INSPECTOR."

Although it is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the country, the Postal Inspection Service did not issue badges until the 1900s. Postal inspectors wore the star-shaped badge, like the one shown, until the early 1970s. This badge beloned to Post Office Inspector Dana F. Angier.

Museum ID: 0.280853.1

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