Photography: Photo Pins


Figure 1.--Here we see a photo pin done about 1909. It is an ornate mc celluloid pinback, 2.25 diameter, showing a sepia toned photo image of a young boy centered on an American shield, centered between two American Flags with an eagle atop. .

We notice some portraits done as pins. These were normally round button-like pins attached to the clpthing by a large pin on the back. I an not sure just when these pins first first appeared. We associate them with political campaigns and they are still used in this way as well as other promotional campaigns.Some just had a portrait. Others werre done with decrative borders. I am not sure just how these photo pins were used. I don't think adults would have worn them and they do not seem to be the kind of pin children would have worn. Perhaps they were done as treats for younger children. Booths at country or state fairs are another possibility. Here we see a photo pin done about 1909. It is an ornate mc celluloid pinback, 2.25 diameter, showing a sepia toned photo image of a young boy centered on an American shield, centered between two American Flags with an eagle atop. To the upper right is an image of a battleship, to the lower right is an image of a Civil War style cannon, cannon balls, sword, bugle, drum. To the upper left is a group of marching soldiers and to the lower left is a Civil War style military belt with buckle, cannon, cannon balls, sword, drum. Lower left has 1909 copyright of Cruver Mfg, an obscure button company from Chicago Illinois.







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