Egged-Eshel bus cooperative hat badge, c. early 1950s; not maker-marked; 26.75 x 28.75mm, 2.8g. "Egged" emblem w/section of Israel (center to north); below, 3 interconncted steering wheels of "Eshed", ea. w/letter of company's 3-lettered acronymed name. In 1951 govt. merged 3 largest public transport co's ("Egged", central Israel; "Shachar", northern Israel; "Drom Yehuda", southern Israel) into 1 co. & called it 'Eshed' based on 1st initial of each co.; name used briefly & by 1954 reverted back to 'Egged', hence est. pin date.
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