1898 Mechanics Fair Boston, MA Pinback

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This 1 1/4" celluloid pinback was distributed by the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association before the 1898 Mechanics Fair. On the back paper insert, it told people that to find "Xenodochy" they'd need to visit the fair. Xenodochy is an ancient Greek term which means "to welcome strangers with great (albeit rough & manly,) hospitality."
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@sabinaf @mysfyt24 haha well you took a great photo then! Cause i honestly can't tell that it has any defects :)

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@sabinaf Believe it or not, mine's actually not that great. It has some light foxing (rust from the metal collet,) that has started to dot around it. There are much nicer ones out there. You wouldn't believe how well-preserved some of the 1800's pins are!! It's like the old folks who wrap their furniture in plastic - they must've kept all of their souvenirs air-tight too. Lol

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Wow this is in great condition for being from the 19th century!

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