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September 29th, 2009
06:39 AM ET

Madeleine Albright's pin-diplomacy

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is not only famous for becoming the first woman ever to hold the post, but also for her penchant for pins.

Her famous brooches sent a message to dictators, presidents, and foreign ministers.

It's the focus of her new book, "Read My Pins."

Our John Roberts had a chance to talk with Secretary Albright yesterday at New York's Museum of Arts and Design where more than 200 of her most important pins are on display.

A sample of pins from Secretary Albright's book:

Blue Bird, Anton Lachmann (Austria), c. 1880; Katie’s Heart, Katie Albright (USA), 1972; Serpent, Designer Unknown (USA), c. 1860
Blue Bird, Anton Lachmann (Austria), c. 1880; Katie’s Heart, Katie Albright (USA), 1972; Serpent, Designer Unknown (USA), c. 1860
Black and White Turtle, Lea Stein (France), 1990; Small Purple, Black and Gold Turtle, Isabel Canovas (France), c. 1980; Black and Brown Rhinestone Turtles, Designer Unknown (USA), 1997; Blue Rhinestone Turtle, Designer Unknown (USA), c. 1998; Red Turtle, Designer Unknown (USA), c. 1997; Gold and Lapis Turtle, Designer Unknown (USA), c. 1970
Black and White Turtle, Lea Stein (France), 1990; Small Purple, Black and Gold Turtle, Isabel Canovas (France), c. 1980; Black and Brown Rhinestone Turtles, Designer Unknown (USA), 1997; Blue Rhinestone Turtle, Designer Unknown (USA), c. 1998; Red Turtle, Designer Unknown (USA), c. 1997; Gold and Lapis Turtle, Designer Unknown (USA), c. 1970
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Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil, Iradj Moini (USA), 2000
<br /> Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil, Iradj Moini (USA), 2000
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Medium Zebra, Ciner (USA), c. 1960; Large Zebra, KUO (USA), c. 1997; Small Zebra, Designer Unknown (USA), c. 1997
<br /> Medium Zebra, Ciner (USA), c. 1960; Large Zebra, KUO (USA), c. 1997; Small Zebra, Designer Unknown (USA), c. 1997
Spider, Reproduction by The Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA), c. 1995
Spider, Reproduction by The Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA), c. 1995
Bee, Designer Unknown (USA), c. 1980
Bee, Designer Unknown (USA), c. 1980
Peace Dove, Cecile and Jeanne (France), c. 1997
Peace Dove, Cecile and Jeanne (France), c. 1997

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. VIVIAN

    I LOVE THE FUN STYLE SHE DISPLAYS. WHAT AN IDEA. WONDERFUL

    October 3, 2009 at 11:53 pm |
  2. Jaime E Vega

    Very interesting! I love it!

    September 29, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  3. Lisa

    Art as a means of expression. What a "novel" idea. Great interview with an awesome person.

    September 29, 2009 at 9:06 am |