Badges, Buttons, Name Tags & Pins

Badges, Buttons, Name tags, and Pins all have a limited usefulness. Some like the Incredible Universe McDonald’s badge were lucky to survive the length of the store. Click on each photo to read a bit more about what it was, and where it came from.


  1. Cool stuff! Do you remember where the Auchan used to be, when it opened, and when it closed? I remember as a kid seeing one in Houston and then never seeing it again until I lived abroad in Eastern Europe.

    1. I do remember Auchan, very well! It was the store my family chose to shop at while I was growing up. I did later visit a couple in France, but nothing compared to the behemoth on the Beltway.

  2. That’s some pretty neat stuff. I don’t have much stuff like this. I do have some retail magnets and a few other odd pieces like paint stirring sticks and rulers. One retail magnet I have is also a name tag. When HEB first opened their Pantry Foods stores in this area in around 1992 or 1993, they were giving out magnets at the grand opening. These weren’t just any kind of magnets though, they were employee name tags with the store’s phone number written where the employee’s name would go. The ink from the marker has almost completely faded away, but the store is long gone anyway and the rest of the tag looks good.

      1. I just sent you an e-mail with a photo of the HEB name tag magnet. Let me know if you didn’t receive it.