Note from Mel: This week I'll be running some of my favorite posts from the past two years. Consider it a "retrospective". Maybe you'll discover some posts you never got to see the first time around! :D
But - what exactly ARE they?
I've seen them described as "European Food Tags" and "Advertising Stick Pins". Some guesses were that they were placed in the food, used much like fruit stickers today. Another thought was that these were handed out to customers in grocery stores and markets and they were to be worn as a stick pin. Either way, I LOVE THESE!
Regardless of what they were used for, I really enjoy using them in my art! I take a pliers and snip off the pin part and they're old enough that the glue comes right off with it. So I'm left wtih just this beaut of a piece of metal! :D