Two years ago I did a post about the wonderful curling pins accumulated by reader Katie Moorhead’s family. Katie recently got back in touch with some good news: “Over Christmas, my grandma gave me some more curling pins from one of her friends. They were amazed that there were people [i.e., Uni Watch readers] who were interested in them. There were a lot of duplicates from last time, but there were some new ones too.”
Just as she did last time, Katie photographed every pin in this new batch. Here are some highlights:
This is the first Christmas-themed curling pin I’ve seen (or at least I’m assuming that’s what it is, given the color scheme and the tree):
The wreath on the outside of the design is particularly nice. What are the flowers, though — thistles?
I like the simplicity of this one — no enamel, no lettering, just a broom:
This is a style I hadn’t seen before — sort of a double-decker format:
“I have always understood ‘stacking the brooms’ to mean ‘Let’s quit curling and start drinking,'” says Katie, which apparently explains this pin:
I like everything about this one — the tartan background, the sweep of the broom, and the swoop of the sash:
Interesting to see Alaska included in a map of America but not Hawaii (but then again, I guess there isn’t much curling going on in Hawaii):
Oh man, it doesn’t get any better than the slogan on this pin — “How Social the Game, And How Manly”:
I love the slightly stylized way the broom bristles are depicted on this one:
Finally, it’s worth noting that Native American imagery even shows up in the curling world:
Want to see more? You can view all the photos from this latest batch here (Google login required).
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