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NRMA 50 year member badge, 1986
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Object statement
Badge and accessories (4), NRMA, 50 years member, metal / paper / plastic, made for NRMA (National Roads and Motorists' Association), probably Australia, 1986
The EA & VI Crome collection consists of some 20,000 items of postage stamps featuring airmail and space philately plus a large number of envelopes flown and posted back to Mr Crome. Many are signed bv the pilots or astronauts.

Ernest Alfred Crome (1902-1987) worked his way up from office boy to manager of the Newtown & Enmore Starr Bowkett Co-operative Building Society. In the 1920s when aviation at nearby Mascot Airport was in its infancy he gave envelopes to pilots to sign and post back to him seeing them as 'miniature log books' of these early experimental flights. It was not until 1939 that he married his wife, Virtie, who continued to encourage him in his hobby.

Ernie Crome went on to form one of the first 'aerophilatelic' collections and may be considered as the joint father of Australian aerophilately, Nelson Eustis (of airmail catalogue fame) being the other. Ernie sold his first collection to the National Library in Canberra in 1965 ('the Crome collection') but soon began to build another. He had made his first donation to the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in 1949 so it was logical for him to continue and 'The EA & VI Crome collection' is made up of a large purchase in 1981 plus many other donations.

The particular strength of Ernie's collection is early Australian aviation from 1910 to 1939. It contains many envelopes posted back to him from private fliers as well as the more famous. Two large selections trace the flights of CTP Ulm and PG Taylor and the Catalina 'Frigate Bird II' was donated by Taylor to the Museum in 1953 at Ernie's instigation. Ernie had been friendly with Taylor since the latter's heroic exploit when he climbed onto the wing of the 'Southern Cross' in 1935 and transferred oil from one engine to the other to save the plane. Much of the airmail carried on that flight was jettisoned but Ernie Crome managed to collect some of the few which survived!

Ernie Crome also saw the space age as a logical development from aviation and he continued to collect space stamps and covers. He was also a noted collector of music, in particular the violin, and he also donated to the museum in this field.
The badge was made for NRMA (National Roads and Motorists' Association), probably in Sydney, in 1986.
The badge is to be fixed to the motor car grille. The award was given to the donor.

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Description
Badge and accessories (4), NRMA, 50 years member, metal / paper / plastic, made for NRMA (National Roads and Motorists' Association), probably Australia, 1986

NRMA fifty year membership badge to be attached to a motor vehicle. The badge includes a bracket, sticker, instructions and pouch.

Metal (probably gold-plated) NRMA member's badge. The NRMA emblem of a tyre between a pair of wings is at the top of the badge and at the centre is the name 'NRMA'. Below is '50 years member'. The badge is gold coloured with black highlights.

Mounting bracket, for attaching NRMA 50 years member badge to motor car, and two locking plates. The bracket is a gold coloured [brass] bent retangular piece of metal. At its bend is rubber covered with paper. The plates are silver coloured [aluminium] rectangular pieces of metal with a hole at the centre.

NRMA 50 year sticker for motor car windscreen. On one side is the NRMA logo of the tyre between wings and the text 'NRMA'. On the other side the sticker paper is gold coloured and the sticker lists the phone numbers of the NRMA road service in different areas in and around Sydney.

Portrait format white paper sheet with instructions on how to fit a NRMA 50 year membership badge to a motor car grille. A black and white diagram on the other side of the sheet shows how the badge should be fitted to a car grille.

Beige drawstring pouch with NRMA symbol and '50 years member' printed in black onto pouch. The drawstring is black cord.
Made: National Roads and Motorists' Association (Australia); Sydney, New South Wales; 1986
86/1696
Production date
1986
Height
79 mm
Width
57 mm

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Acquisition credit line
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. E.A. & V.I. Crome, 1986
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E. A. and V. I. Crome Collection
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