Pin Trading History
PIN TRADING IN LIONISM
The first "friendship pins" were introduced in the late 1940's and 50's and were, for the most part, little plastic replicas of States or items from the various States. Many were thrown from the floats that were entered in the big Lions parade that traditionally kicks off the Lions Clubs International (LCI) conventions. Because they were disposable, these items have now become some of the most sought after collectibles in all of Lionism.
Trading pins as we know them today, arrived on the scene in the late 1960's and 70's. At the present all 50 States and Multiple Districts within the U.S.A. and within most of the provinces of Canada issue at least one so-called State/Province pin each year to commemorate the site of the LCI convention. In addition to all of these pins, almost every known country or geographical location within Lionism issues pins. Further, individual Districts and Clubs issue pins, as well as scores of individual Lions and Lionesses. The number of pins issued each year is not known, but it is safe to say that there are literally thousands upon thousands produced on an annual basis. Not to be overlooked are the special or so-called prestige pins that are issued from time-to-time by many of the aforementioned sources. One of the unique experiences that one can have at an LCI convention is the opportunity to collect pins from all over the world. Thousands of attendees become pin traders for at least the week they are enjoying the convention activities.
Lions International Trading Pin Club
The Lions International Trading Pin Club (LITPC)
was "born" on June 27, 1973 during the LCI Convention in Miami Beach, Florida.
From the less than 50 Lions, representing 11 States and Provinces who signed up
in 1973, the LlTPC has grown into an organization with a membership from 50
States, the District of Columbia, most Provinces of Canada and 18 other
Districts/Multiple Districts from outside of North America. The membership has
grown to over 800 Lions and Lionesses. However, this is not a true measure of
the total interest in the hobby of pin trading.