Created as a memorial to John Lennon in 1980, this pin is old store stock - never used. They were originally distributed by Ludlow Sales company of New York City immediately after John Lennon's death. These were quite popular at the time as it was such an untimely and emotional loss - almost like the end of an era. They were distributed only through early 1981 and the rest were stored.
This batch of pins is from an original case that had never been opened. They are in great condition, although a few show a tiny bit of rust on the back. The fronts are in superb condition. Each button measures just about 2-inches square. Above John's picture, it reads:
JOHN LENNON 1940-1980
John Lennon fans and Beatles fans will love this pin. But, we think many who weren't fans will appreciate the significance of the times that this pin represents.