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The History of a Munk?sőr member in a box


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Gents,

A couple of weeks ago, while Charles and I were prowling around the weekly Coin and Stamp show, we stopped at a dealers table whom we know quite well. He was in the midst of looking at a box of stuff he declined not to buy but suggested to the guy with the box that he offer it to me. After digging through it for a minute or so I was hooked and bought it forthwith. Since then I have been trying to find time to review it and post pictures onthe forum. It will take me a long time to do it properly so I decided earlier this week to take pictures and post the contents of the contents of the box and tell the story as it unfolds from the pictures. I am not going to try and put the awards/documents in chronological order as I don't have the time. I'll post them as I took pictures of them.

Regards,

Gordon

I"ll start with the Honv?delmi ?rdem?rm for 15 years service. Front view in the case. This is the type that was engraved on the back and issued to civilians for only one year.

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5 ?v An?p Szolg?lat?ban cased. This is th early type of this award when it was given for 5 years of service. In later times it was given for good service rather than for long service and the wording on the top of the case is different. The top of the case showing the wording.

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3 T?zsgu?rd? pins, with documents, showing that he worked for the Lenin Koh?szati Művek (LKM-Lenin Metal Works) in Miskolc for 25 years. You will notice that the dates don't coincide very well with the years worked. Each firm seems to have done their own thing in badge design, award documents etc. and on a somewhat ad hoc basis so I am not surprised by the odd dates. It is very unusual to find these pins with award documents and especially this many to the same person.

1-11nd class (silver-10 years of service) awarded on 12 September 1960

2-Gold for 20 years of service-issued on 16 April 1962

3-Gold for 25 years of service-issued on 5 November 1971

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An Igazolv?ny (certificate) for the award of a Szocialist Brigad pin with Bronzkoszorus (Bronze Wreath) showing that Istv?n was a member of the "Kert?sz Istv?n" Szocialista Brigad at LKM. It was given for his "work performed" as part of the "Polg?rv?delmi o." (the national Civil Defence organization).

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Two wooden plaques. Souveniers from Lillaf?red. Lillaf?red was originally built as a hotle in the 30s. It was not successful and after it closed as a hotel was used as a guest house by the owner. The Communist government seized the building and the surrounding grounds and turned it into a Workers Resort. Workers who performed well were given a holiday here as a reward. It is open again as a hotel but still furnished with the Communist era "workers furniture" which would be familiar to anyone who stayed in a hotel in a hotel in any of the Warsaw Pact countries. There are a couple of more items to popst pictures of but I have run out of time so will add them later.

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The reverse of the medal. These medals almost always had a spot on the back where the specific achievement could be recorded by engraving the medal. Unfortunately this medal was never engraved so we can not be sure whaich shooting sport it was awarded for.

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Gordon

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