They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and despite working with words a lot myself, I have to agree with that statement. I could spend an hour telling you about the beauty of some of the castles I saw when I was in England, but if I showed you some of my trip photos, I wouldn’t need to say a thing, because the images would speak for themselves. And lapel pins work in the same way.
Have you ever seen someone at a hotel or resort wearing lapel pins with pineapples on them? They don’t just do that because it makes you think of tropical getaways; pineapples are historically known as a symbol for hospitality, so even at hotels without palm trees or a beach you’re likely to see pineapples popping up.
And of course, this time of year you’re bound to see more than your fair share of donkeys and elephants with the election underway. We instantly know who stands for what, but where did these associations come from? Legend has it that when Andrew Jackson ran for president in 1828 he was called a “jackass” by his opponent, and wisely, Jackson adopted the term, pointing out that donkeys were stubborn and resolute, which is something he felt a president should be. Elephants, meanwhile, were used in a political cartoon using zoo animals, and arbitrarily republicans were assigned the elephant. They too adopted the insult, pointing out that elephants are in fact very dignified, intelligent creatures. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Other symbols that speak louder than words when used on lapel pins? The dove for peace, the cross for Christians, four leaf clovers for luck, and gold stars for excellence. These pieces make a point, give others a point of reference, and definitely start conversations amongst people. So while these lapel pins can speak volumes without saying a word, they do tend to start a lot of conversations.