Thursday, January 30, 2014

Badge of the Day #66 (Rot-Weiss Essen)


Today’s example, recently acquired for the collection, represents the fine name of Rot-Weiss Essen, currently resident in the fourth tier of the German domestic league structure, but, amongst other occasions, for the four years from 1973 – 77 members of the Bundesliga, when they must have come to my attention, most likely via the ‘world soccer’ pages of Shoot! magazine.
Again, it’s just a name that appealed, in the exoticism of its native form – translated into English, for example as ‘Red & White’ Wrexham, or any other British town, just doesn’t have the same magic somehow.

The pin badge itself is rather a lovely vintage object, with a suitably ‘hauntological’ appearance, displaying the club’s strikingly-designed ‘RWE’ logo in fine fashion, & having all the potential to be another stylish adornment upon a lapel.

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