Post by Judy Cogswell
Button, button, button, who’s got the button. This was a game I played with the neighborhood kids in the 50s. We all lined up with our palms closed and the person with the button would slip their button into a palm. Then we had to guess who had the button. If you guessed right, it was your turn.
As a girl, I played with Mom’s buttons. I would line them up by color, shape, size and sometimes make house designs with them. I have her button collection today plus my own.
Never throw a button away, because you never know when you will need it.
Mom grew up during the Depression and when a garment got too old she cut the buttons off and added them to her stash. NEVER throw a button away.
As a quilter I love to use them in my projects. I have many favorite buttons. My stash just keeps growing. In fact I should never have to buy buttons because I have more then I need. Oops, I recently bought a package of small colorful star buttons. So NOW I never need to buy buttons. I promise.
Did you know?
I recently saw a program that talked about buttons and their history. Here are a few things I learned:
Buttons are actually more ancient than what most people believe- they are thought to be as old as clothing itself.
The oldest button was found in Pakistan. It is estimated to be around 5000 years old made of curved shell.
Buttons were used by the Ancient Romans. Their flowing garments were usually made out of a substantial amount of cloth requiring hefty buttons made out of wood, horn, and bronze.
During the Middle Ages button’s use became a functional fastener.
In 16th century France, button makers’ guilds started to pop up where production became regulated and laws were passed regulating their use. Only the rich were able to wear elaborate buttons.
The Industrial Revolution helped popularize buttons. Buttons could now be had by many and they were mass produced cheaply.
It was during the 20th century button prices became affordable with the invention of plastic.
Some buttons can be valuable. During the First World War, a soldier may wear a button which, when opened up, had a picture of a loved one. These are hard to find now and you can be sure I don’t have any in my collection.
National Button Day is November 16th - learn more HEREThere are button collectors who display their buttons on a board so the buttons don’t tarnish and age. As for me, I have jars and boxes filled with buttons. And yes, I don’t need to buy anymore (honest). When buttons come up in a conversation, I say I have the most buttons and others beg to disagree. So who has the most buttons?