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Lot 42: Mao Photo Badges, selection of 18 rectangular

Red China 1921 - 1976

by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury

October 4, 2012

London, United Kingdom

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Description: Mao Photo Badges, selection of 18 rectangular badges (all except Mao with Stalin, which is round) comprising photographic portraits of Mao usually with communist flags of Red China, but including a very rare and early badge of Mao with a Kuomintang flag (during the Sino-Japanese War) and two badges reproducing images of Mao with his Vice-Chairman Zhu De and General Lin Biao, all but one of these metal badges protected by celluloid or plastic covering, 17 with metal pins on verso intact, mostly measuring approximately 19 x 27 mm, (diameter 27 mm), 1943-1948. ***Very little history is known about these pre-liberation photo-badges and they are not documented in the standard Mao badge references due to their often being created in various liberated territories as souvenirs for special assemblies. The earliest examples date back to the late 1930s and were still in use as signs of loyalty up to 1948..

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