1967 European Figure Skating Championships Pins: 20 Sides to Every Story.

Profile: Lapel Pins from the 1967 European Figure Skating Championships Pins, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia The first major international figure skating event held in Yugoslavia was the 1967 European Figure Skating Championships in Ljubljana. Some 114 skaters from 17 nations arrived in the city in late January–early February of that year for the event. According to reports,… Continue reading 1967 European Figure Skating Championships Pins: 20 Sides to Every Story.

Beauty and the Beast(s). 1968.

1968 European Championships at The Netropolitan Museum of Figure Skating Pins In its impressive 1,000-plus-year history, the city of Västerås, Sweden, has hosted a single major ISU event: the 1968 European Figure Skating Championships, the subject of today's blog. And although Västerås has not been a hotbed for championship figure skating, the 1968 European Championships… Continue reading Beauty and the Beast(s). 1968.

In the Adirondacks. 1965.

With a long and storied history of hosting major winter sports events—from speed skating to skiing to hockey to bobsledding to figure skating—Lake Placid, New York, rolled out the red carpet in mid-February for the nation's premiere figure skating event, the 1965 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

The Crown. 1963.

Held in Edmonton, Alberta, at the Royal Glenora Club, a private sports and social club, the 1963 Canadian Figure Skating Championships were marked by a high quality, multi-color pin in enamel. The crown motif atop the pin hints of royalty, and over the club’s 60-year history, it certainly can boast about figure skating royalty having trained at its skating center.

East Leaves West. 1961.

Just months before Berlin was divided into East and West by the Berlin Wall, the 1961 European Figure Skating Championships were contested in that city from January 26–29. Does the stark design of the pins produced for this championship reveal something about Germany itself at the time? Perhaps, for the black and white palette easily could be seen as a metaphor for the ongoing political and cultural strife.