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  • Place of origin:

    Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1960-1980 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    plastic-coated offset lithograph on paper mounted on metal disc

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3, shelf F, box BAY ABOVE DRAWERS

Lapel badges were manufactured and printed cheaply in their thousands. They were sold - or often given away - for a wide variety of purposes. Some advertised bands and their records, or other products, but many were created to promote ideas and political causes, or simply to give amusement through the use of original images and provocative slogans.

Barry Miles, from whom these badges were acquired, was a key figure in the London underground scene in the 1960s. He was a founder of the Indica Bookshop, the underground newspaper 'International Times' and was involved in the setting up of the UFO, an all night club originally set up to provide funds for the 'International Times'. This body of material came into his collection because of his involvement in these activities in the 1960s.

Physical description

circular printed lapel badge

Place of Origin

Britain (probably, made)


1960-1980 (made)



Materials and Techniques

plastic-coated offset lithograph on paper mounted on metal disc

Marks and inscriptions



Diameter: 3.1 cm

Descriptive line

One of 481 assorted badges, probably British, 1960-1980. 'A BANNED BADGE'.


Printing ink; Plastic; Paper; Metal




Prints; Accessories


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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