Mar/Apr 2020 edition
Issue #9 AutoMobilia Resource Magazine
John & Henri Boggs
The AC of A badge above was made by Blackstarr & Frost and is 5.5”x3.5” not counting the cap. It is numbered and is hollow. These early badges sell for $500 and up. Condition is very important and NOS examples command a premium. The early badges were also made by Whithead and Hoag and there are later versions made in zinc die cast. There is also a reproduction in stainless steel.
American Automobile Association:
On March 9, 1902, the American Automobile Association (AAA) was formed. Representatives of nine clubs, met in Chicago to join together to promote legislation for better roads. Motorists had to overcome many obstacles in the early days. Roads were poorly marked and there were few roads outside of cities that were paved. In addition to the poor road conditions, motorists had to contend with a general mistrust and dislike of this new form of transportation. These conditions led to many local car clubs being formed to offer services such as legal help, motorist insurance, break down assistance, maps and travel information. Many of the clubs were also instrumental in erecting signs to mark the highways and streets to assist motorists and to promote touring. In 1906 the newly formed organization adopted as their first official emblem, three capital A’s inside interlocking wheels. Today AAA is one of the largest organizations serving motorists in the U.S.
Many different badge types and styles have been produced over the years with a wide range of prices and categories for the collector to choose from. Examples are state clubs, national clubs, fraternal organizations, medical badges, sports car clubs, and marque club badges such as Chevrolet, Chrysler or Ford to name just a few. These pieces of “automotive jewelry” were designed to convey a message, advertise an organization or identify the car owner as a proud member of an organization. There is potentially something for everyone!
John & Henri Boggs
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