Vintage 40 & 8 Keystone Pin Red & Gold Veterans Organization For Sale
Up for Your consideration is this Keystone 40 & 8 Veterans Organization Pin Red & Gold . This is a cool little piece of history. All of my sales may end early if there is no offers on them. Everything I sell on here is also for sale locally in Clarks Mills PA. I have several different 40 & 8 pins listed on here . Check them all out.
The organization (also known as "La Société") can trace its roots back to 1920, when Joseph W. Breen and 15 other members of the American Legion, who were veterans of World War I, came together and founded it as an honor society for certain Legion members.
The title "40&8" comes from the box cars that were used to transport troops to the front in France. Each car had the emblem 40/8 stenciled on the sides, which meant that it could carry 40 men or 8 horses. These cars were known as forty-and-eights. They were seen by the troops as a miserable way to travel, and the new organization was thus called the 40&8 in an attempt to make some light of the common misery they had all shared.
In 1929 it was described as "the fun-making organization of the American Legion."
In 1959 the 40&8 became independent of the American Legion, although still required membership in the American Legion. In 2008 the 40&8 dropped the membership requirement in the American Legion.