These pins are examples of the first-generation service
anniversary awards introduced in 1947,
the article below being from February 1947. They are made of
solid gold. See the article below for what the stars and gems
In January 1963 the
service anniversary pins were changed to incorporate the new
Upjohn logo. They were still made of solid gold. I call these
the second-generation service awards. Here are some
examples below. The number of stars and the gems retained the
same meaning as in the original pins. Note it was anticipated
that it would take up to 5 years to use up the stock of old
style pins. Two of those shown below are made of white gold.
At some point, probably in
the 1970s, a range of pewter items replaced the gold pins. These
were what I call the third generation awards. I can remember
getting one of the 10-year plates in 1990 so awarding of these
pewter items lasted a long time.
Lastly, in the 1990s the
range of service award items expanded considerably. I do
remember there was a mountain bike, a clock and a stereo system.
Laser-cut wood items were also available, some with the employee
name. Here is some information and photos of items from that era.
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