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Nazi Party pin for Labor Day 1935

Object | Accession Number: 2005.367.15

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    Nazi Party pin for Labor Day 1935


    Brief Narrative
    Nazi Party Labor Day (Tag der Arbeit) 1935 pin. Labor Day (also known as May Day) takes place on May 1 to celebrate laborers and the working classes. In April 1933, after the Nazi party took control of the German government, May 1 was appropriated as the “Day of National Work,” with all celebrations organized by the government. On May 2, the Nazi party banned all independent trade-unions, bringing them under state control of the German Labor Front. This style of mass-produced, die-struck metal pin is often referred to colloquially as a tinnie.
    commemoration:  1935 May 01
    issue:  1935
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the University of Mary Washington Galleries
    front, top, embossed : TAG DER ARBEIT [LABOR DAY]
    front, bottom center, embossed : 1935

    Physical Details

    Identifying Artifacts
    Object Type
    Lapel pins (aat)
    Physical Description
    Oval-shaped, silver-colored, die-struck, metal pin with a raised depicting three men below a band of German text. The man on left rests a large hammer on his shoulder, while the man in center holds a scroll and the man on right cradles a sheaf of wheat. Just below them is a Parteiadler, a stylized eagle with its head turned to the right, holding in its claws a wreath with a swastika in its center. The embossed year flanks the eagle's claws, and the wreath extends below edge of oval. A pin clasp is attached to the back center by a raised metal guide, and there is a maker's mark below it. The pin may be made from an aluminum alloy with a silver-washed surface.
    overall: Height: 1.875 inches (4.763 cm) | Width: 1.375 inches (3.493 cm) | Depth: 0.250 inches (0.635 cm)
    overall : metal

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Corporate Name
    Nazi Party

    Administrative Notes

    The lapel pin was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by the University of Mary Washington Galleries.
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-17 10:11:34
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