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Booksourcing: Pins Wanted

As some know, the saga of our giant book that started in August (and was first brought up here back in December) of last year, continues. We’ve come a long way, as in 41,000-plus words and 900 image files. And counting. Posting here about the book has been fruitful and we want to ask for your help again. Since we are mired here in the confines of Brooklyn typing, e-mailing and blogging away we need the help of those that roam free in the streets all over the world: We need one sample of those fun pins, stickers and/or tickets that admit one to museums.

Walker Art Center Pins

If you’ve recently been to one of the museums listed below, or if you are close by, or work for them, or know someone that is going, we would be so grateful if you could get us a physical specimen. We are happy to cover postage charges. E-mail us if you can help!

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Design Museum London
Graphic Design Museum Breda
The Victoria & Albert Museum
The Wolfsonian

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PUBLISHED ON Aug.08.2008 BY Armin
darrel’s comment is:

Pins? I think those are actual cattle ear-tags.

I now want to book a vacation to the Netherlands to see the Graphic Design Museum...

On Aug.08.2008 at 11:05 AM
richard’s comment is:

I'm positive that neither MoMA nor SFMoMA has anything other than the paper ticket for admission.

On Aug.08.2008 at 01:04 PM
Thor’s comment is:

I think MoMA used to have one, though -- would you like me to dig one out from my collection?

On Aug.08.2008 at 01:09 PM
Alexa’s comment is:

The MOCA in Downtown LA uses stickers. LACMA has tickets with photos of random, but famous, artwork printed on them.

On Aug.08.2008 at 01:21 PM
Chad K’s comment is:

The Franklin Institute (now not known as The Franklin), here in Philly, used to have these pins, I haven't been back in a few years, those would be worth recording in the history books.

On Aug.11.2008 at 12:04 PM
Doug Bartow’s comment is:

We used to use kiss-cut stickers at MASS MoCA that were part of the actual ticket that the printer spit out with each paid admission. We made sure the date was prominently displayed under the logo on the right to try and stop people returning for free, which we found simple color-coded tabbed admission lapel pins could not prevent. Unfortunately, we found that people began sticking the patches on light posts in the parking lot upon leaving the museum. If you were so inclined, you could go in the afternoon and find a sticker there from the morning and get in for free. Obviously, as the ticket designer, I blamed the architects. The light posts are defective...

On Aug.11.2008 at 12:24 PM
John Mindiola III’s comment is:

well, from what yall are saying, the solution isn't just the ticket, or the entry method, but the exit method. don't let the folks leave with a ticket! if they want, they can go to the gift shop for something memorable to hold on to.

On Aug.11.2008 at 12:54 PM
D’s comment is:

Although I am not positive if they are still doing it, the Holocaust Museum in DC gives all of it's entrants cards with the identity and story of a Holocaust victim.

On Aug.11.2008 at 01:40 PM