Feather pin, origin unknown.

Feather pin, origin unknown.


The pin shown on this page is one of which I am not certain of the origin. Is it a feather pin? Does it represent a cause? I have lost touch with the meaning, but I still like it.

I collect lapel pins, mostly from where I have traveled or things I have participated in. Lapel pins are frequently used as symbols of achievement and belonging in different organizations. Lapel pins from the organization are often collected by members and non-members alike.

Businesses also use lapel pins to designate achievement and membership. Lapel pins are a common element of employee recognition programs, and they are presented to individuals as a symbol of an accomplishment. I have a few from this category. Like fraternity and sorority pins, these lapel pins instill a sense of belonging to an elite group of performers at the organization. Among my collection are pins from the Lions Club and Rotary International. Businesses also award lapel pins to employees more frequently to boost employee morale, productivity and employee engagement.

Non-profit organizations use lapel pins to promote their cause, raise funds and create awareness. Breast cancer awareness lapel pins are very popular and can be seen worn by many celebrities.

The Soviet Union had great production of these. I have several from the Soviet Union. Besides pins showing political figures and as souvenirs for tourist spots, there were pins for various sports, cultural, and political gatherings and for technical achievements of the Soviet Union. The pins had countercultural meanings as well; for example, the pin featuring the robot spacecraft Kosmos 186 (which approached and docked with Kosmos 188) had a sexual connotation.

In recent years, pin collecting has also become a popular hobby. Demand for pin designs based on popular cartoon characters and themes such as Disney, Betty Boop, and Hard Rock Cafe has surged and led to the creation of pin trading events and other social activities. Disney pin trading is a prime example of this. I’m a member of the Hard Rock pin club and have several of the pins, and a few from Planet Hollywood. I have several from Disney.

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