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Posted 2 years ago


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My bug collection of tin litho dime-store pins....circa 1960's-70's? I don't remember seeing them as a kid but later loved the vivid color and detail in these and snappers, toys, games.... so I bought what I could here and there - plus they were cheap. Wouldn't they look great on a black beret? - a homage to cigar bands boys collected in the 30's.

My favorite is the brown moth - good to have 3. I admired the yellow butterfly a customer at Macy's wore and she gave it to me right then.

I also have a blue parakeet but couldn't locate it in the hoarder jewelry area of my house. It really BUGS me when I can't find stuff...


  1. Newtimes Newtimes, 2 years ago
    I absolutely love those! I would like to see their backs and how they were made. Here in my country you dont find them like that. I do have 2 ciccada brooches that I really like. I hope they are the start of a small collection for me. I will post one of them soon.
  2. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
    Here's the back shot - it is tin - plain, cheap - made in Japan. Looks like they folded and pierced an "eye" , attached a headpin which hooks under another folded catch. All done from one stamped piece. The detail & colors are charming. I just love them. Thanks for your comments!

    I would love to have the ciccada pin in your collection. I see them on ebay but I can never afford them. Yes - could be French 60s-70s. The British designer/collectors Butler & Wilson "reintroduced" them in the 70s. Pretty dang fab. Would like to see your other one.
  3. Newtimes Newtimes, 2 years ago
    Thanks for the back shot.
    Well I love your tin ones. Seems to me we have the same taste for jewelry, I have some bakelite bracelets and necklaces too. But not as much pieces as you have!
    I live next to France (Belgium) and here nobody really knows those ciccada brooches. So here you can still find them very cheap. Although I don't think there are a lot of them. I just don't see them often.
    I will try to make a pic of the bigger one soon.
  4. epson233 epson233, 2 years ago
    my snappers weren't this pretty -- would still have them if they were -- very nice
  5. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
    Thank you epson for your appreciation of these humble bugs.
  6. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
    Thank you Newtimes - YES we seem to have similar taste in vintage jewelry. I don't have children so I have much more time to "collect". I have to stop! My boyfriend shakes his head because I'm not selling yet. There's more to life than pretty old things right??? I am not entirely sure. I'd like to give you one of these tin litho ciccadas...I'm not sure how to do that. Let me check w/CW and see what needs to be done for privacy sake.

    AND, I am very fond of Dries Van Noten - I can't afford anything - but his work is just gorgeous.

    I know you are a busy person - but I'd love to see the othe ciccada and your bakelite.
  7. Newtimes Newtimes, 2 years ago
    Ok I'll do my best for the bakelite and the other ciccada
    I love Dries Van Noten too but no budget for that.
    Well I used to collect old pottery. So my husband doesn't mind I switched to vintage jewelry. It takes up far less space in our home.
    I'm not selling yet either, only the stuff I really don't like. I convince myself I still don't have enough jewelry :-))
  8. valentino97 valentino97, 2 years ago
    I put this last shot up because it is a sorta joke here - and especially in the American grainbelt states.

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