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BadgeSwap - The Auction Site For Badge Collectors
BadgeSwap is an electronic communication service that facilitates the private sale and/or trade of collectable insignia and badges through an auction style bulletin board system and integrated site messaging system.
U.S. Handcuffs And Collectibles
This website hosts a tremendous history in the tools that law enforcement and corrections officers have used through the years.
U.S. Militaria Forum - Collectors Preserving History
A forum just for collectors of United States military uniforms, equipment, firearms, bayonets, fighting knives, helmets, hats, visors, insignia, patches, documents, photographs and anything else related to militaria collecting. The U.S. militaria forum has a large, ever-growing membership and an impressive array of United States militaria resources to aid in your research and understanding of collecting.
National Police Car Archives
The National Police Car Archives hosts law enforcement vehicles from every single agency in the United States of America. There are 17,876 agencies in the USA as of 2004, not counting part-time and privately funded agencies, covering everything from the smallest village, to the largest cities, from colleges and universities, to metropolitan transit and parks systems.
American Police Hall of Fame And Museum
The APHF, founded in 1960, is the nation's first national police museum and memorial dedicated to American law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The Museum, through interactive displays, simulators and nearly 11,000 artifacts, educates the public about the history and current trends of American law enforcement. The Memorial lists over 8,000 officers who were killed in the line of duty. Their names are permanently etched on the Memorialís marble walls, which are added to once a year for Police Memorial Day.
Officer Down Memorial Page
The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc., (ODMP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America's fallen law enforcement heroes. More than 20,000 officers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the United States and it is with great honor that the ODMP pays a lasting tribute to each of these officers by preserving their memories within its pages. All who visit the ODMP will be deeply moved by the countless stories of selfless courage and heroism exhibited by officers who lost their lives while serving and protecting the citizens of this great nation.
collectSPACE is the leading online publication, resource site and online community for space history enthusiasts. Their readership includes historians, museum curators and conservators, educators, authors, and private collectors. Astronauts and space program workers, both active and retired are also members of the collectSPACE community. collectSPACE syndicated news articles appear on Yahoo News, SPACE.com, NBC News, Fox News, CBS News, the Huffington Post, Mashable and in the pages of Space News, among other media partners. collectSPACE is cited frequently by the press, including features by Forbes, The Robb Report, The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Florida Today, The Houston Chronicle, Fox News, MSNBC and on CNN.
Collectors of vintage space mission patches will often use the term "crew patch" to refer to a particular design of mission patch, usually a rare and highly sought after version. This site is intended as kind of a field guide to real crew patches versus the common commericial patches for the serious space patch collector. The Introduction section of the website explains the criteria for defining a crew patch and hints at where you can find these patches and how much you can expect to pay for one. In the mission-specific pages of the website they identify the crew patch for each of the Gemini, Apollo, ASTP and STS missions.
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