I once suffered a ‘serious’ injury from a dysfunctional thumbtack. (Under pressure from my thumb, the needle lost its connection to the head and went out the other way). Since then I only use push-pins. They are easier to remove. The push-pin was invented around 1900 by Edwin Moore (1874 – 1916) in Newark, New Jersey. Moore worked at a photo lab and was missing  a simple solution to hang up film to dry.

Moore push-pins

Moore push-pins made with aluminum.

After coming up with his invention, Moore left the photography business, founded the Moore Push-Pin Company and started selling to local businesses. His smart and simple product was made out of a steel needle with a glass head.

Aluminum push-pin

Detail of an aluminum push-pin.

Moore died when only 42 years old, on March 16, 1916 from grippe. He left a wife and two sons, a five and a twelve year old. The company is still selling the best push-pins on the market today.

Unfortunately, Moore doesn’t sell push-pins with a glass head anymore. But they have this really nice looking one made out of aluminum.

The head of a Moore push-pin.

“S” marks the spot: the monogrammed head of a Moore push-pin.

Moore’s first success came with an order by the Eastman Kodac Co. for USD 1,000. This encouraged Moore to enter the world market with his pins. Moore advanced his company through advertising heavily in magazines and newspapers. By the time of his death, Moore was selling push-pins in “every civilized country”.

Moore push-pin advertising from 1909.

An early ad for Moore push-pins, 1909.


  1. patty price
    Posted November 30, 2009 at 6:32 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the info. Was curious as I saw the history of the pin on the TV show, CBS News Sunday Morning on November 29th. Very good. And yes I use them.

  2. patty price
    Posted November 30, 2009 at 6:34 AM | Permalink

    Looked up info on Wikipedia as I was curious after seeing an excellent program on push pins ad the Moore Company on CBS News Good Morning America on November 29th….well done. And yes, I use push pins….prefer the clear ones……again thanks. PP

  3. Posted November 30, 2009 at 7:43 AM | Permalink

    Thank you for the first comment ever on my blog. I didn't see the show, but I really want to.

  4. Vaughn Wascovich
    Posted March 9, 2010 at 1:31 PM | Permalink

    I just bought 600 of these pushpins. Each is a little gem. Still made in America, everyone should own at least one box…

  5. Posted January 31, 2012 at 3:15 PM | Permalink

    i need information for moore push pins 3-100 4-100 5-100 we like to order some for our store pls send information

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