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Object Name: Elks Club badge
Date: ca. 1970
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Medium: Metal, mother of pearl
Dimensions: Overall: 5 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. ( 13.3 x 7 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Pin-back Elks Club badge in four sections connected by metal links; top section of stamped sheet metal in the shape of a banner; second sectionof rectangular sheet metal backed with mother of pearl, stamped "PAST STATE/PRESIDENT"; third section of same shape and design stamped "AUX. N.Y.S. ASSN./I.B.P.O.E.W."; bottom section oval, backed with mother of pearl, with stamped metal image of clasped hands and letters "I.B.P.O.E. of W."
Credit Line: Purchase
Object Number: 2000.220
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This Elks Club badge, from the early 1970s, belonged to a Harlem entrepreneur, Roosevelt Zanders, who owned a fleet of limousines and became known as a "driver to the stars." By night, Zanders was President of an Elks Club chapter for blacks. The designation "W" after "I.B.P.O.E." (Improved Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks) stands for "of the World," signifying that this club was distinct from the exclusive white Elks Clubs.