I have no idea about the original purpose of these lapel pins! Maybe they were for a Republican convention. I bought them to use in an assemblage with a children's theme. you can use them for anything: scrapbooking a kid's page, collage making, etc. I'm thinking of using them for the centers of rosettes in a patriotic themed garland. As you can see from the pics, they are about the size of a penny.You will a mix of red and blue pins as there are no more white ones to be patriotically creative!