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Posted 6 years ago


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After completing a collection of Yellow Kid pinbacks over a 30 year period, mostly in the pre Ebay era, I started collecting pinback buttons issued by the Philadelphia High Schools. These pinbacks were issued in conjunction with each graduating class, of which there were two in most academic years. One senior class would graduate in January and one would graduate in June. The class chose an unofficial "mascot" or character to be represented on the button. Most often the character, which ran the spectrum from Frank Sinatra and Veronica Lake to Mopsy and Dragon Lady, was selected by class vote. The pinbacks most often had the name or initials of the school, the month and year of graduation, and no copyright or trademark. Would like to hear from other individuals who collect the pinbacks from the Philadelphia High Schools, as I am attempting to document this genre of pinback. Hud Baer


  1. Frosty21 Frosty21, 6 years ago
    The pin's are great.I love them they show a time in our history of the fun our school's had today is nothing like those day's.These are great!Frosty21.
  2. HudBaer HudBaer, 6 years ago
    Hi, Not a problem. Have two additional Dragon Lady images on pinback from the Philadelphia High Schools. New to this websit, so am unfamiliar with all the protocols. Is there a way to send them to you directly, or do I have to post them on site?
  3. HudBaer HudBaer, 6 years ago
    Hi DD, Thanks for being so welcoming and thanks for the offer of help. As I said I am trying to document which schools and which graduating classes had these pinbacks. I have more pinbacks to post from different schools. Please let me know what schools your Mom and Dad went to. Any information which can be added to the data base is most welcomed. I am a native of Philly and graduated from North Catholic, which didn't participate in the pinback tradition. HudBaer

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