Curling Pins of U.S. Curling Clubs

Welcome!  This site will attempt to document pins issued by U.S. curling clubs and organizations, excluding bonspiel and league pins.  This is just a start and information is incomplete.  If your club is not represented, you have a pin not shown or you have accurate club opening and closing dates, PLEASE contact me at e-mail <draw4ATtds.net> (please insert "@" where appropriate- I am trying to avoid spam).  I like to trade pins, so please use the same e-mail if you would like to trade or sell pins.

Pins of U.S. Curling Clubs

The Marshall Fields Scarves- new article by Ralph Brendler of Chicago Curling Club
    Photos
    Article

Mystery Pins- check them out & see if you can help identify these pins


Pins of State, Regional and Special Interest Curling Organizations

Pins of the Madison Curling Club

U.S. club pin trading, A-B
U.S. club pin trading, C-E
U.S. club pin trading, F-G
U.S. club pin trading, H-L
U.S. club pin trading, M
U.S. club pin trading, N
U.S. club pin trading, O-R
U.S. club pin trading, S-V
U.S. club pin trading, W-Z

Pins for sale or trade from Canada curling clubs

Pins for sale or trade from Olympics and world championships
Pins for sale or trade from U.S. championships and organizations
Pins for sale or trade from Canada championships & organizations
Pins for sale or trade from Scotland, etc. curling clubs

Curlers have been avid pin collectors and traders since at least the 1940's.  Curling clubs have obliged them by issuing pins for almost any situation, as documented below.  Curling is a very friendly sport at the club level.  Players always shake hands before and after a game and often sit together after a game to enjoy a beverage and conversation.  It is common, if playing a team from another town, to give your opponent curler a pin from your curling club.

Types of curling pins
 


Curling Club Pins

These are club logo pins designed to promote and identify one's club of origin at a bonspiel (curling tournament).  The design for any one club tends to remain the same over decades, although there are exceptions.  These are the pins typically given away or traded before or after a game.

 





Women's Organization Pins
Although hard to believe today, curling has a sexist history.  Curling clubs were traditionally men's only organizations.  Often, women were not allowed on the ice or even in the club.  By the late 1940's, women (typically spouses of curlers) were petitioning to be allowed to curl.  This was permitted in some clubs and gradually spread.  Women generally had to form their own organization within a curling club with their own president, officers and bylaws.  The organization names were often alliterative with curling or Scottish themes (Lodi Lauries, Westchester Wicks, Blackhawk Brooms, Stevens Point Pipers).  Women's organizations usually had no club ownership or voting rights.  This changed very gradually.  By the late 1970's or 1980's, most women had full membership rights.  Many curling club women's organizations disbanded, as their original reason for formation was gone.  Some still exist today, in name only or as the name of a women's league (St. Paul Bonnie 'Spielers) or bonspiel (Wausau Highlanders Women's Bonspiel).  Very little information about women's organizations is available on curling club websites.  Please e-mail <draw4ATtds.net>, if you can help with dates these organizations existed.

 


League Winner Pins
League (or event) winners within a club often receive a championship pin.  These pins will not be covered by this site, except for Madison Curling Club.  Here is a silver Madison Curling Club McNaughton Event runner-up pin from 1954.  The league has been held almost every year since 1951 and the pin design remains largely unchanged.
 

 



Bonspiel Pins
There are two types of bonspiel pins.  Participation pins are given to all contestants at the beginning of the bonspiel.  Championship pins are given to winner and runner-up teams in the championship and consolation brackets.  These pins will not be covered by this site, except for Madison Curling Club.  Here is a participation pin from Madison Curling Club's 2008 Fowler Event.  No, you cannot enter; the bonspiel is for MCC members only.

 



National Event Commemorative Pins
The curling club that hosts a national championship (men, women, mixed, senior, junior, club team, etc.) will often issue a pin.  These pins will not be covered by this site, except for Madison Curling Club.  Here is Madison Curling Club's commemorative pin for the 2001 United States Curling Championships
 

 



Curling Organization Pins
Many states or regions within the U.S. have curling associations to organize curling and represent curlers at the state or regional level.  There are special interest curling organizations, too (example: American Medical Curling Association).  Pins issued by the U.S. Curling Association will not be covered by this site.

 



Other Pins
Many curling pins have been issued that are not tied to any particular organization or event.  Here's a fun pin from the Mary Ann Jerred collection.  These pins will not be covered by this site.