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Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers Pins
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers Pins
The Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen was founded in 1863 and is the oldest railway union in North America. Initially, insurance benefits were the main incentive for membership, but soon "The Brotherhood" also branched out into labor-management relations. The organization changed its name to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen (BLF & E) after permitting engineers to join its ranks. Pins such as these were given at special occasions for long service. Railway Coastal Museum. 2007.011.039

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