Product Description: This Kreistag Köln Pin was made to commemorate the Nazi Party district day in Cologne in 1939. It’s an eye-catching tinnie design, and depicts a German national eagle and swastika emblem, over a detailed view of Cologne featuring the famous cathedral. The edges of this pin have the wording “Kreistag Köln 1939” in stylized angular lettering evocative of runic shapes, with the Cologne coat of arms at the bottom. This pin is made of thin, stamped zinc. On the obverse, most of the original silvering has faded, with only traces remaining. There are some ripples in the metal at one edge that may simply be how this was made. The reverse of this Kreistag Köln pin retains most of the original finish, but the original pin has broken free from the solder and is missing. There is no maker marking. The condition of this day badge is good.
Historical Description: “Tinnies” is a generic collector term for many different types of small pin-on badges that proliferated during the Third Reich. Small pins, with various designs, were made for members of various Nazi organizations and were also made to commemorate events of all kinds, from Nazi Party rallies to sports races and trade conventions. Tinnies were also made to commemorate various special dates and anniversaries, holidays, and political days such as elections. Some tinnies were given to all participants of an event, while others were sold to raise money for a cause or for an organization. The Winterhilfswerk (Winter Help Organization) sold many very different kinds of tinnies to raise money for social help, both locally and nationally. Anyone could wear these to show support, or just as a fashion statement. Tinnies were used by every Nazi organization, by the armed forces, and civil groups. There were many thousands of different designs. Despite the name, “tinnies” were not all made of metal. They were made in glass, amber, plastic, paper/cardboard, fabric, even pressed leather, and wood. The manufacturers of these pins ranged from local artisans, to the factories that made military and civil awards. Some tinnies were produced in vast numbers and are easily found today. Others were made in smaller quantities, and rare tinnies can be very sought-after collector items today.
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