Telegraph Ribbons & Pins

In 1880, a group called the Association of Old Time Telegraphers (O.T.T.) was formed, as a means to have a reunion of old telegraphers. The O.T.T. hosted annual conventions, at which the attendees received an ornate ribbon to wear during the event. At the most famous O.T.T. convention, in 1905, attendees were given a miniature fully-functional telegraph key in a cardboard box made by JH Bunnell.

Telegraph ribbons were also given out to active telegraphers who provided communication services at the Democratic & Republican National Conventions.

Below are some pictures of different telegraph ribbons and other pins that were given out during various conventions. Click on each thumbnail to view the full size image:

1872 Democratic National Convention, Baltimore A Very Early Pre-OTT Telegrapher's Reunion Ribbon. Keuka Lake, NY. 1875 1886 Postal Telegraph Convention, St. Louis Close-up of the Emblem on the Center of the 1886 Postal Telegraph Ribbon
1882 Association of Railway Telegraph Superintendents 1894 OTT Reunion, Baltimore Reverse Side of the 1894 OTT Ribbon 1899 OTT Reunion, Boston
Close-Up of the Emblem at the Bottom of the Ribbon 1900 Republican National Convention, Philadelphia Reverse Side of the 1900 Rep. Nat. Conv. Ribbon 1903 OTT Reunion, Milwaukee
1904 OTT Reunion, Atlanta Back Side of the 1904 OTT Emblem Close-Up of the Front Side of the Emblem Ribbon From 1904 World's Fair, St. Louis, for the 14th Annual O.R.T. Reunion (Organization of Railroad Telegraphers)
Close-Up of the Emblem on the 1904 World's Fair Ribbon 1905 OTT Reunion, New York 1906 OTT Reunion, Washington DC 1908 Republican National Convention, Chicago
1909 OTT Reunion, Pittsburgh 1912 Republican National Convention, Chicago Another Ribbon From the 1912 Republican National Convention, Chicago 1913 Order of Railroad Telegraphers Convention, Baltimore
1917 Order of Railroad Telegraphers Convention, Seattle 1920 Democratic National Convention, San Francisco 1920 Republican National Convention, Chicago Reverse Side of the 1920 Republican National Convention Ribbon
1924 Democratic National Convention, New York 1924 Republican National Convention, Cleveland 1925 OTT Convention, New York Close-Up of the Emblem on the 1925 OTT Ribbons
The Reverse Side of the 1925 Emblem 1928 Republican National Convention, Kansas City 1932 Republican National Convention, Chicago 1936 Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia
Close-Up of the Emblem on the 1936 Democratic National Convention Ribbon 1936 Republican National Convention, Cleveland 1940 Democratic National Convention, Chicago 1944 Republican National Convention, Chicago
1947 Commercial Telegraphers Union, Los Angeles The Reverse Side of the CTU Emblem 1948 Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia Close-Up of the Upper Emblem on the 1948 Democratic National Convention Ribbon
Close-Up of the Lower Emblem on the 1948 Democratic National Convention Ribbon 1948 Republican National Convention, Philadelphia 1951 Commercial Telegraphers Union, Miami 1952 Republican National Convention, Chicago
 
1957 Commercial Telegraphers Union, Buffalo Close-Up of the CTU Emblem 1965 Commercial Telegraphers Union Convention, Chicago  

 

 

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