Collectible lapel pins from US Figure Skating Championships held in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s Lapel pins have been around for more than a hundred years—showing up in sports, politics, military, business, religion, education, and more—and some say the origins of pins can be traced to the first modern Olympic Games held in 1896 in… Continue reading US Figure Skating Championships Pins: The Early Years.
Profile: Lapel Pin – 1964 US Figure Skating Championships, Cleveland, Ohio The pin from the 1964 US Figure Skating Championships, held in Cleveland, Ohio, is considered by seasoned collectors to be the "holy grail" of figure skating pins, although it rightly can be argued that the pin from the 1958 US Figure Skating Championships is… Continue reading 1964 US Figure Skating Championships Pin: Find Your Grail.
Profile: Lapel Pins from the 1987 World Figure Skating Championships, Cincinnati, Ohio Riverfront Coliseum, on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, was the venue for the 1987 World Figure Skating Championships in the pre-Olympic year. Cincinnati proved to be an extremely popular host city, with capacity crowds, even for practices, at… Continue reading 1987 World Figure Skating Championships Pins: Cincinnati Welcomes the World.
The riverboat, long associated with Cincinnati, is used as a central design element on the pin issued for the 1979 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. In a marvelous feat of engineering, the riverboat glides smoothly along the Ohio River atop a stylized skate blade, with the large paddlewheel pushing it along. After all, it was February when the temperatures in Ohio may have been low enough for the river to freeze over for skating.