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Knights of the Grip Owney tag

Description:

Owney received this tag from a Michigan state association known as the “Knights of the Grip.” The group, an organization of traveling salesmen, was well known to railway employees, including postal clerks. The suitcase-shaped tag was the symbol of the group. Michigan’s “Knights of the Grip” allowed membership from anyone who “has been employed for the term of a year or more as a traveling man, and not over 50 years of age. In good health, not afflicted with any chronic disease, and not addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors as a beverage, residing or traveling in the State of Michigan.” Aside from the requirements that a member be a traveling “man” the traveling railway mail dog may well have been seen as a fellow knight by the salesmen.

Date:
1888-1897
Markings:
literal: COMPLIMENTS OF / MICHIGAN / KNIGHTS OF THE GRIP GK / 38
Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 2 x 2 1/2 in. (5.08 x 6.35 cm)
Museum ID:
0.052985.136
Place:
Michigan
  • Owney Tag 2011
  • Owney Tag 2011
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