A selection of pin badges from the 1970’s to early 1980’s.  A pin badge became popular as an embellishment to an outfit replacing material badges that were originally sewn on. Badges symbolize a particular theme that the wearer may follow e.g. a status, an award, political parties, music, tv programmes, royalty, Birthdays & celebrations.

The first pin badges were created at the end of the 19th century in the USA. In 1893 Benjamin S. Whitehead found that by covering a badge with a plastic film this protected a printed image from being ruined.  A pin was added to the back of badge so it could be easily fixed in place on clothing.

The first badges to appear in this country were for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1897.  During the 1960’s & 1970’s badges were a popular fashion accessory as they were an affordable keepsake. In 1963 one children’s TV programme called Blue Peter started giving away badges with their logo on as prizes to children.  Originally these badges would have been blue unless you had achieved something extraordinary where you would be awarded the gold badge.  The programme still awards these badges today and they now come in 6 different colours.  Wearing the badge allows free entry into various attractions around the country.

The badges featured here are from the 1970’s and early 1980’s.  These include:

The Queen’s Jubilee – to celebrate the silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II from 1952 -1977

Rubik’s Cube – invented in 1974

CND and peace Badges – Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

I Love 70’s and 70’s Disco Hits

British Television programmes:

The Benny Hill Show 1969 -1989

Mr Benn Children’s show – 1971-1972

Dr Who – 23rd November 1963 – to present day

R. Whites TV advert 1973 – I’m a secret Lemonade drinker

American Television Programmes:

CHiPs – Police Series – 1977-83

Magnum P.I. – 1980 – 1988

The name for collecting badges is “scutelliphily”.























More information:

Date 1970s, 1980s
Material(s) MetalPlasticPaper
Item number MBPO362

Questions to help you remember using this item

  • Have you ever collected badges?
  • Can you remember any of the badges you have owned?
  • Do you know anyone who had a Blue Peter badge?

User Stories

I remember having a few pin badges as a child growing up in the 1970’s. I belonged to the Tufty Club which was created by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents to help keep children safe. It was a white badge with a red squirrel dressed in yellow & blue clothing. Being in the guides I had plenty of badges to sew on my uniform as well as pin badges to commemorate different events we attended or celebrated. I also had a heart shaped badge with a picture of the singer David Cassidy. I no longer have any of these badges but wish I had kept them now. – Memory Box Volunteer

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