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Beyond Vinyl: Collectors get stuck on music pins

by Stephen M.H. Braitman — People have been sticking little signs and messages on their shirts for a long time. The origins of pins and pin-backs are lost in the beginnings of the early Industrial Revolution, but by the 19th century, politicians and supporters were actively campaigning all over their bodies.

Beyond Vinyl: Promo swag makes quirky collectibles

by Stephen M.H. Braitman — The world of music promotional items, or swag, has a long and special history. When the music industry started swinging as a commercial force, marketers and publicists took their cue from titans like Coca-Cola and Ford Motor Company. The object, of course, was to spread the brand, make the name known, and sell product.