Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2018.34.12
Dimensions: 0.0625 in X 1 in
Dimensions (Metric): 0.15875 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of National U.S. Customs Museum Foundation
U.S. Customs Service Treasury lapel pin with gold-colored trim and a dark blue background. In the center is the Department of Treasury seal depicting balancing scales, a key, and chevron with 13 stars. The text around the edge reads: "Treasury | U.S. Customs Service."
In the early 1960s, Robert Fischler began his career at the New York division of the United States Customs Service (later renamed U.S. Customs and Border Protection). His first job with Customs was as a waterfront patrol officer. He later became an inspector, operating out of John F. Kennedy International Airport. Fischler held this position for the majority of his decades-long career. In this role, he oversaw all inspectional activity pertaining to travelers and commercial transport into the New York/New Jersey region, and implemented new procedures to ensure domestic security and uphold trade regulations. Approximately three years prior to his retirement in the early 1990s, he became Deputy Assistant Regional Commissioner of Inspection and Control for the agency. His office base moved to lower Manhattan and into the U.S. Custom House at 6 World Trade Center.