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Name Badge Holders -- Preferable to Tattoos!

Sometimes we forget how good we have it today, like the simple idea of wearing identification in name badge holders. It wasn't always so easy. In ancient times, some cultures frequently used a rather drastic and permanent method for proof of identity -- tattooing.


Tattoos may be trendy today, as fashion or allegiance-reminders, but in early history they were used for more dry business. Tattoos have been found on mummies dating to as early as 2,000 B.C., all female. These markings not only reveal an individual's name but status (for palace women not of noble blood). Did these ladies wander to the local tattoo parlor for their identification? No, they got them from the local smith who used iron needles wedged in wooden handles, the tip lathered in some mysterious black pigment.

The use of tattooing for identification was not only consigned to ancient Egypt, but also can be found in many cultures across the world, at some point or another. The Romans employed tattooing to identify and prevent desertion of hired mercenaries in their ranks. Other civilizations mostly used them to brand criminals or, on the other hand, to distinguish their warrior-heroes. It varied from culture to culture, but it was widespread.


On an interesting side note, the idea of just fingerprinting individuals is something that didn't happen until around a century ago. Nobody noticed until then that no set of fingerprints was the same. I'm sure the Egyptian women and Roman mercenaries might have chosen that instead of permanent ink.


So it's always good to be grateful for such basic concepts as a written name in name badge holders. Unless you really, really like tattoos … or maybe face-painting like in "Braveheart." I'll leave that to you and your company to work out.