One of the most significant changes brought about by global warming and climate change is the fact that rain can now fall at any moment. Decades ago, there used to be such a thing as a rainy season when you knew rain would fall, but now, in the modern age, this does not always hold true. Lanyards and other objects worn by people on a daily basis are susceptible to getting drenched in rainwater, in turn affecting their quality. In order to be able to avoid such a situation from happening to your items, the solution to your problem is to ensure that they are water proof.
Making sure that something is water proof is not hard to do. Most of the time, all you have to do is to try and drop a little water on it in order to see what will take place. Of course if you are planning on water-proofing an item on your own, that may be risky therefore when it comes to these things, it would be better to just buy them at the store. Lanyards that are waterproof can easily be purchased in the market today. Most of the stores that carry these straps have versions of them which are waterproof. For those who are wondering what the practical advantage of having this item waterproofed is, the answer is that it will prevent possible wear and tear brought about by wetness. Likewise, since this is something that you would wear around your neck, making sure that it is waterproof will ensure that you do not have to endure the icky feeling of having something wet around your neck.
For those who think that getting this waterproofed version of this item is a bit too much, you can also instead decide to get the water resistant version. Although a water resistant version means that the wearer may still feel some wetness, this is significantly less compared to if the item was not water resistant at all. This is something which is especially important to note for those working in big offices who take time out to dress themselves well because walking around with a wet strap around your neck could leave marks on your shirt and may likewise drip water onto the floor. Therefore, if you wish to avoid both the wetness and the embarrassment of being a wet duck in a dry office, make sure that you ensure you get a water resistant version of this item at the very least.
For those who have only managed to learn this information now, do not fret because all is not lost. Lanyards which are not waterproof and are not water resistant can still modified in order to protect it from wetness. Although you could probably have your old one modified in order to protect it from the rain, what most people do is they just buy a new strap since these items are quite affordable anyway. Aside from being affordable, another incentive is that newer designs keep coming out on an almost daily basis, which means a design which is nicer than yours could actually already be out there without you even knowing.
This being said, unless you are completely in love with your current design that for sentimental reasons you could not part with it anymore, it may just be better to buy a new strap which is already adjusted in order to be better suited for rainy days. Lanyards, after all, are not going to last forever no matter how durable they are, thus it would be in your interests to replace them eventually.
Although it is not really known who invented award pins or when specificallythey were first used, their history can be traced by looking back on when the process of inlaying was first practiced. Inlaying is the process of placing colored enamel elements onto a metal, wood, or stone base and then soldering wire at the back.
In 1800 BC, the inlaying method was used by the Egyptians. Also, in the 13th century, the ancient Greeks applied colorful powdered glass onto soldered filigree cavities to make accessories.
During the Yuan Dynasy, 1271 to 1370s, the Chinese used enamelware as form of art. They fired the wares to create colorful ornamental objects. These decorative adornments were popularized in the 1420s, during the Xuan De Dynasty.
Despite the ancient use of the inlaying process, award pins were more popularly known to be introduced during the American Civil War. During this period, several battle units were ordered to wear customized award pins to distinguish them among the different units. The pins helped the army organize their troops. Eventually, it also encouraged loyalty among members of the same unit.
It was in World War I when the use of award pins evolved and somehow dictated how it is used today. Instead of distributing pins to every member of the troop to help identify the units from one another, the pins were used to award selected troop members to recognize their exemplary service in the military. Often times, ribbons or dangling ornaments were added.
The next significant period of award pins was during the 1960s and 1970s. These were the decades of peace, love, and psychedelic. The pins were then referred to as Button Badges and were used as a form of protest. Because of wide rebellion and expression of speech, the button badges eventually became a fashion statement. Enamel badges or pins were extremely popular. In fact, a million badges were produced in the first year alone.During those decades, the so called hippies were seen sporting several and most of the times too many pins and badges all over their jackets and bags. The badges were so popular then that they were used as incentives, gifts and also to promote political messages.
During the 1980s, awarding of pins eventually stretched its range. Pins were given to government agencies and civil service entities like policemen and fire fighters are merit awards. Fraternities and sororities also gave badges to their members to show exclusivity. Medical services, schools and other organizations also used distinctive pins as a sign of membership and to mark outstanding achievements.
Old service badges and pins hold even great personal value because they were often handed down to family members as a souvenir of heroic duties. For many others, these pins can also represent cultural and historical value. Due to this, service pins have become treasured collectibles and valuable heirlooms.
The use of service pins and badges has evolved from military troops to regular individuals and then to government and political units. Its use was even more popularized by many social groups. A very good example is the worldwide proliferation of flag pins. The pins symbolized compassion, solidarity, and recognition among different countries in their time of sorrow and triumph. In England, badges were used during the Boer War to promote political message. While in China, Mao Tse Tung pins became powerful symbols of its Communist party. Also, in the United States of America, flag pins prevailed and symbolized America’s war on terror.
In the present day, pins can be used by almost everyone. They are widely produced, worn, and collected to convey diverse messages. Looking back on how it all began definitely gives award pins its own commemoration that goes beyond its size.