My guess is that this dates from the early 1930's. Phila. Badge Co. was very active making buttons for the C.C.C., N.R.A. and RCA among others.Uhm..... 1917??? It started a lot earlier than that! I presume this is a US campaign medal (hence 'AEF'), so 1917 dates to the US entry into the Great War... Interesting it's marked "World War". I had the impression that "World War" came much later, along with the "First World War" and "World War One" appellations; clearly not in the US. I wonder, then, did this terminology enter English English as an Americanism?
(November 18, 1919 – January 14, 2011)
Model, Actress, and Singer.
I must admit I didn't know who she was until about a week ago when I was watching some Kay Kyser videos on youtube. When she stood up to sing, I went "wow, who's the blonde?!" After some quick googling I discovered that as well as being a singer for Kay's Orchestra, she also married him, and that she had just passed away barely 2 months ago.
Her face was also the model for the "Spirit of the Cenntenial" Statue that stands infront of what is now the Women's Museum inside Fair Park in Dallas, Texas.
"World War" was being used as early as 1919 -- Francis March's "History Of The World War" was published that year, and was the most common one-volume book on the war to be found in Golden Era homes. So the term was certainly used and recognized in the US very early on.
A Merry Little Christmas Songwriter Is Dead at 96
Hugh Martin wrote the classic for the movie 'Meet Me in St. Louis'
(Newser) – The man who wrote the holiday classic Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is dead at 96. Hugh Martin gets a nice sendoff from Richard Corliss at Time, who recounts how the song—written in the 1940s for the film Meet Me in St. Louis—originally had more somber lyrics: "Have yourself a merry little Christmas. It may be your last. Next year we may all be living in the past ... "
Ferlin Husky just died at 85. There's very few of the 50's & 60's era country singers left. R.I.P. Ferlin
(this is the most psychedelic acoustic guitar I've ever seen - looks like it should belong to Blue Cheer or some other San Francisco band)
He does such a great Ernest Tubb.
Check out his version of a duet between Red Foley and Kitty Wells at the end of this video:
And here he is in his later years: