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Pin

Object Number: 
2017.25.2
Date: 
1960s
Medium: 
Plated metal, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall (length): 3/4 in. (1.9 cm)
Marks: 
Reverse of pin stamped “M_rg_n’s”; face of backing stamped “BALL / REG’S” and with an indistinguishable mark.
Inscriptions: 
Description: 

Small, wing-shaped lapel pin with brass back-clasp; face of pin depicts globe with flying airplane, “100,000 MILES” and “UNITED AIRLINES” flanked by wings.

Gallery Label: 

United Airlines distributed pins to mark customers’ completion of 100,000 miles of air travel beginning in the 1950s. Such recognition was an early precursor of the airline mileage award programs that exist today.

Bibliography: 
Credit Line: 
Gift of Jordan and Kathy Wouk
Provenance: 

This item belonged to Victor Wouk before being passed on to the donor. He received the 100,000 pin during the 1960s.

Place Made: 
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group