Pin, Babylon 5, Jumpgate Symbol

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This object is on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

This pin is a piece of fan-created memorabilia from "Babylon 5," a space-themed television show which aired from 1993-1999. The symbol shown uses keyboard symbols to create an icon that resembles a jumpgate, the interstellar travel technology used in the show's fictional universe. The show's creator, J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) was notoriously reluctant to approve any merchandising but nonetheless approved the design and manufacture of these pins by a fan who chooses to go only by "Elana." The typed symbol had been adopted by a "Babylon 5" fan culture that used e-mail, newsgroups, and websites as an inside way to demonstrate their affection for the series and to identify other fans. The use of the internet and e-mail as the backbone of its fan culture makes "Babylon 5" a marker of its times.

Jeannie Whited donated this piece of "Babylon 5" memorabilia to the National Collection in 2005.