Mao Badge 1
Chairman Mao Badges were mass produced in China during the period of Mao Zedong's leadership of the Communist Party in a variety of materials, including plastic, metal, bamboo and porcelain. By the time of the Cultural Revolution, they were worn by virtually everyone in society at the time, from the elite of the Communist Party on down to small children - except for those branded class enemies, who were forbidden to. Typically, the badges feature an image of Chairman Mao in profile with revolutionary iconography and slogans in the background. In this badge, the phrase "Chairman Mao Goes to Anyuan" and a figure standing on a ridge can be seen below the larger Mao portrait, referencing a famous painting depicting a young Mao on his way to support a miners' strike.