Monday, February 06, 2012
The Other Side of the Badge
One of the things we found this time was a giant (3"W x 4"H) toy police badge. It's a pretty odd item.
First off, it's outsized even for an adult. It must have just about covered my chest back in the day (I think I was about five or six).
Second, of course, it's something that could no longer be sold. A single piece of stamped metal with sharp pointy edges a child's toy? What were parents thinking?
Third -- and most interesting to me -- is what's on the reverse side. Clearly this badge was stamped from a can of peaches. How cheap can you get?
But there's a little more to it than that.
So the metal was flat to begin with. But it was also printed with the peaches label. So where did it come from? Was the Japanese metal can company making these badges on the side, using overruns and scraps? Or were said overruns and scraps sold to a third-party manufacturer?
I have no idea. But I think I'll hold onto this oddity, at least for a little while longer.