May 16, 2012Vintage Associated Press Badges and Press Passes From 1938-1941
If you’ve seen my recent posts lately, you know that Tom and I were in Wisconsin visiting some sites and yammering on the radio about food. (By the by, for those who haven’t heard me on the radio yet and still want to, go to Joy Cardin’s show archive here and type “nopatternrequired” into the search box.) But we also had some serious business while we were there.
A few years ago my parent’s home on the Rock River in Wisconsin was flooded pretty badly. It was sad for a lot of reasons, the damage to their home and property was pretty bad, but the worst part was all of the mementoes and photographs from my Dad’s family that were lost.
My Grandpa Art worked for the Associated Press in the darkroom and as a photographer. He had an enormous collection of famous photographs and memorabilia from Chicago from 1938 to about 1960 when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and had to stop working. Many, many boxes of his things were destroyed in the flood. It was very hard for my parents to deal with the ruined boxes, so Tom and I helped my parents sort through what was left during our visit. There wasn’t much that was salvageable, but we did manage to find some gems that had been spared.
Buried in a mud-covered box I found a cigar box filled with Associated Press badges and press passes. My dad said at one time Grandpa had a ton of these. I was just happy to save what we found. I have started dusting them off and scanning them, and while I was doing it I realized these were too cool to keep to myself. So, I am going to share with you guys! There are more coming, but here is the first set. It includes college football games, Arthur A. Starnes’ Scientific Parachute Jump, World Series’ Passes from 1938 and 1940, and the Golden Gloves Olympic Trials. Enjoy!