Ships that came under the provisions of the June 24, 1910 "Act to require apparatus and operators for radio communication on certain ocean steamers" had to have certified operators by the act's July 1, 1911 effective date. The Department of Commerce and Labor set up a certification program, where qualified individuals could earn a two-year "Operator's Certificate of Skill in Radiocommunication".

The displayed certificate was issued on May 25, 1911 to James M. Baskerville after being tested in New York, New York, and appeared on page 22 in the May, 1926 issue of Radio Broadcasting, in an article entitled "Breaking Into the Wireless Game". According to the article, this was the first operator's certificate issued under the new program.

 
Operator's Certificate of Skill in Radio Communication