Pin Money by Pam Buda for Marcus Brothers
The PIN MONEY collection by Pam Buda takes its name from a phrase coined in the late 1700s by First Lady Abigail Adams, wife of President John Adams. As the story goes, while President Adams was making his numerous trips to Europe on state business, Abigail asked him to purchase large quantities of needles and pins for her. She would then sell them to her friends and neighbors for a little extra spending money... her "pin money" as she called it. The phrase took off, so much so, that even many years later, in 1926, when Sherman Edwards wrote the musical 1776, he included the reference to 'pin money" in the song lyrics! As Pam explains, "From time to time, I still see the phrase in articles here and there, and I think about Abigail, and her industrious way of making a little spending money for herself. Thephrase always stuck with me, and I thought it a good fit for this collection."