Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mushroom buttons

A mushroom is neither a fruit nor a vegetable; technically mushrooms aren't even plants. They are a special type of fungus—a notion that puts some people off. If you don't mind the fungus part, though, mushrooms are a great addition to a healthy diet—not to mention totally delicious.
 
Materials: glass, metal, ceramic, wood, plastic and center button in last row is a Richard Carpenter studio antler button 
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Ceramic buttons from Robinson Brick Co. Denver, CO


The above buttons I acquired in a Denver collection years ago.
The article is from CO. state bulletin 1983
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 Robinson Brick Co. was founded in 1880
G. Robinson sold the business in 2006
Thankfully Joy researched these buttons and wrote this article because there isn’t any other history nor buttons available from G. Robinson or the Company
As a button collector I want to THANK all of the collectors that research and write articles for state bulletins and the National Button Bulletins
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Nosegay, Tussie Mussie buttons

A nosegay, Tussie-Mussie, or posy is a small flower bouquet, typically given as a gift. They have existed in some form since at least medieval times, when they were carried or worn around the head or bodice.
So a nosegay was an ornament that appeals to the nose or nostril.
The posy holder is a lady's accessory in silver or other metal, resembling a small vase.
 In earlier times before sanitation and concerns with personal hygiene, the nosegays were carried to superstitiously ward off disease or to camouflage the unpleasant smells of the street.
Buttons are antique and vintage..1 horn, 1 pearl, 3 glass, 1 plastic and rest are metal
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Lacy Glass Buttons


Lacy Glass buttons were made at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Penguin..buttons

PENGUINS
From 1933 to 1935, American aviator Richard Byrd was on expedition to the South Pole, having first flown a discovery mission there in 1929. His exploits were photographed for the pubic at home, and his every move reported on. When Byrd arranged to export a shipment of penguins to a few American zoos, the public suddenly went wild for penguins. Manufacturers reacted by including penguin designs on all manner of objects, and the image of the tux-clad birds appeared over and over in print as well, throughout the 1930’s.
Tragically, all of the penguins from Byrd's shipments became victims of viruses and impurities their lungs had never before been exposed to. Once veterinarians studied the problem, they discovered that the birds needed to be kept in protective sealed airspace's; the next round of penguins that were imported did survive and million of Americans flocked to zoos to see them.
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some of the button materials: glass, metal, coconut shell, pearl, ivory, celluloid and other plastics
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Giraffe buttons

Giraffe buttons in honor of Alice and her new calf
Born April 15th, 2017
update: The calf was named Tajiri, a Swahili word that means HOPE
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Sam Biern buttons


Sam Biern buttons
Sam was born in Hungary in 1905 he came to the U.S. after the first World War in 1920.  In 1933 during the depression he started to make odd and different buttons, and made them his business. The type of button he made was different, and its said his pleasure was greater in designing them than in selling them. Every button he made has his name on the back, Sam Biern N.Y. Sometimes the back-mark is in a raised oval shape and others incised into the metal
Almost every type of material was used: brass, copper, white metal, zinc, aluminum, pewter, plastic, leather, cloth and jewels
For 28 years he manufactured buttons, buckles, ornaments and costume jewelry. His business went under the name Sam Biern, Inc. He had 92 employees
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ref: National Button Bulletins: Dec.1987 pg. 235, May 88 Pg. 72 and Oct. 88 pg. 173
more about him and several black/white pictures of his buttons in above articles
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Snow Skiing buttons

Snow Skiing buttons
Oh how I loved to ski,  my favorite button is the hand-painted pearl which was painted in Sun Valley, Idaho in 1936
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Music theme buttons



My fun cards of music theme buttons antique, vintage and modern buttons.
 Some materials-wood, glass, ceramic, metal and plastic
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Friday, January 6, 2017

Snow-people buttons

My fun card..some materials are ceramic, wood, brass, plastic
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