A great 19th century
, the Heinz pickle
pin was the brainchild
of Henry J. Heinz, founder of the Heinz ketchup-manufacturing empire
. Heinz was known for his many tasteful
advertising schemes, including a 40-foot-tall electric pickle sign
in New York City and a pier in Atlantic City
with a 70-foot pickle "perched heroically on the end" (according to Cecil Adams
For the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition, Heinz had tiny lapel pins made up in the shape of pickles to give out to people attending the fair. Supposedly, the company gave away over a million pins, and Heinz's fortune was made.
Heinz, Inc. still makes the pickle pins, and you can write to them at
Heinz Pickle Pin
P.O. Box 57
Pittsburgh, PA 15230
and they will send you one for free.
www.asktherick.com (I can't vouch for the accuracy of this site, but it seems reasonable)