A selection from our holdings of political, feminist, LGBT and ethnic movement pinback buttons.
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[New York]: Tao Chu Kwang Society, . One inch diameter pin, yellow field, bearing the name of John Birch's assassin. A 1965 classified ad in The Nation reads "JOHN BIRCH, southern racist shot in 1945 by a Chinese guerrilla leader, is a reactionary hero. That guerrilla leader- TAO CHU KWANG-...
New York: PONY; JACGUAR, n.d. Three pins, each 2.25 inches in diameter, including a pictorial pin from PONY: Prostitutes of New York (founded in 1976 by Jean Powell; depicts a nude purple woman wielding a phallic lance on horseback); Johns and Call Girls United Against Repression: JACGUAR; and a pin...
[East Bay]: [1974?]. 1.5 inch diameter pin, bilingual text and artwork depicting seamstresses with a sewing machine, orange background. Very good; manufactured by East Bay pinmaker Robert Rush (though not identified as such on the pin). GCA was the Great Chinese American Sewing Company, known in Cantonese as Jung Sai...
[East Bay, CA]: [Robert Rush], n.d. 1.5 inch diameter pin with rifle and name of the organization, very good. Manufactured by Robert Rush for the group that split from the Revolutionary Union because it sought more urgent armed action; its most famous member was former Stanford professor H. Bruce Franklin.