Tuesday, August 7, 2012

In a Pickle!

Ahoy-hoy, dear Ephemeraologists, and a very happy Tuesday to you all!

It's admission time - I write these posts off the cuff every day.  Very rarely do I have anything planned; I just sit down and write.  You'd think this would be easy, considering the vast array of ephemera I have at my disposal.  Most days it is, but this morning I had to ponder my subject for a while.  When this happens, I usually venture down to the studio to see what jumps out at me.  Nothing grabbed me right away, until these:

Weren't we just talking about stickers the other day?  Here are some of my FAVES!  Readers, if you're between the ages of 35-46, I'll bet you collected these at some point.  I sure did!  In fact, in the deep recesses of our basement storage lay my entire collection - when I get some gumption to search for them, that'll be another post.  :D  But aren't these great?  I got them when I was at Kim Geiser's place for Ephemerafest.  I couldn't NOT take them!  And in case you're wondering - yep, they still smell like pickles!  :D

This next little pickle is quite old (I'm guessing '40s-'50s), and I LOVE it.  If you look closely, you can see it says "Heinz" on it, which makes it even cooler. I had two but I gave one away.  I knew that at one point this little pin was fairly common, but who knew that it even has its own Wikipedia page?  This is helpful, because now I can tell you with certainty that this little pin was introduced at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and has changed very little since its inception. It continues to be distributed to this day - you too can own one of these cuties if you write to the Heinz Company and request one (I love that they still make you request via snail mail!).  If you'd like to own one yourself, write to:

Heinz World Headquarters
P.O. Box 57 
Pittsburgh, PA 15230

I love the fact that their PO box is "57" - of COURSE it is!  It couldn't be anything else!  :D

This last little pin is a gem in my collection, and I had completely forgotten about it until a few weeks ago when I was cleaning.  I have this beautiful Shaker box that my sister Jen had given me almost 20 years ago; before my ephemera collection became monstrous I would keep my favorite little items in this box.  Isn't it cool?  I did some research and discovered that Pikle-Rite is from right here in Wisconsin - Pulaski, to be exact, which is about 15 miles northwest of Green Bay.  According to current listings on Ebay, this pin is circa 1946 - and there are two for sale right now for either $24 or $55.  Hmm...which would I choose? 

Hooray!  My small pickle collection got me out of a pickle!  :D



  1. This is far and away the best blog post I've ever read about Pickle Ephemera. Mr. Pikle rocks.

  2. Lol @Chris Otto! I agree. Best pickle blog ever. :o)

  3. Chris and Alisa, thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed today's pickly post - and I agree! Mr. Pikle DOES rock. :D

  4. Mel, I have one of those Heinz pickle pins!! I love it. I used to wear it all the time. I keep it in a Typesetters tray with other fav's, so it doesn't get lost. Thank you for sharing all the info

    1. That Heinz pin is cool, isn't it, Lynne? And TINY! I can see why you keep it in a typesetters' tray. I have mine stuck to my bulletin board by its pin. :D