Police departments, municipalities, and school districts issued badges to newsboys. Regulation was necessary to prevent the urchins from fighting over who got the best streetcorners, and also as a tool to prevent truancy -- because newsboys had to be enrolled in classes in order to sell on the streets. This unusual piece is a newsboy inspector badge from the Cincinnati Times-Star. Large at two and one-half inches; hallmarked G. G. Wright & Son, Cincinnati.
In 1894 in Cripple Creek Colorado after a mining mishap various jobs became unionizd this badge is for the News Boys Uniion. Union number 139. This is in great shape and even the pin back is there. The person who had this badge, Ed North, scribed his name on the back.