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Not so hot off the press

View a collection of press badges from long ago

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Clark Secrest, MA ’61, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., shares with MIZZOU his collection of press badges from the 1880s to the 1950s. Unlike the paper press passes you see now, press credentials used to be made of metal and looked similar to police officers’ badges. In fact, reporters were sometimes mistaken for officers, due the likeness of their badges.

"Some newspaper artifacts formerly in my collection are in the Newseum, or so I've been told," Secrest says. The Newseum is a recently opened interactive news museum in Washington, D.C. "I may have the largest collection of press badges in the country," he says.

Secrest's collection highlights press badges from Seattle to New York and Dallas to Milwaukee. Many are made of brass and hand-engraved. View the slideshow, right, to browse the collection and learn more.

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