Love is in the air at the Button Museum this week! We’re sharing some of our favorite heart buttons on Instagram, and couldn’t resist putting together a collection of some of the flirty, bawdy and just plain naughty buttons designed to, in the words of the button, “feel good all over.”
Clockwise from top left:
1. “I Feel Good All Over” – 1974 button featuring Air Jamaica’s optimistic slogan, part of a campaign aimed at vacationers looking for a good time. Whether you’re headed to the Caribbean or not, the button seems appropriate for anybody looking for a good time.
2. “Don’t Make Me Blush” – Circa 1970’s or 1980s icebreaker button employing perfect reverse psychology.
3. “Hello Handsome” – 1940’s button featuring a young lady with eyebrows raised, definitely liking the look of whatever “handsome” she’s spotted. This design is from a series of bawdy 6/8″ buttons made for retail.
4. “I Love Me” – Probably 1970s or 1980s import button made for retail, it’s the perfect design for those with healthy self-esteem, or narcissistic tendencies.
5. “You Tickle My Fancy” – Circa 1950’s featuring a bashful dog and flirty message.
6. “Kiss Me, I’m Left-Handed!” – A button after Ned Flanders’ heart, this button features what we assume is an intentionally reversed left-to-right pinback made for left-hander’s convenience.
7. “U and I Make a Good (Pear)” and “You are the Apple of My Eye” – Pair of rebus buttons from the 1930’s making good use of fruit imagery.
8. “Sweet Young Thing” – Circa late-1960’s button ready-made for the flower child.
9. “I Am Too Young to Love” and “My Girl is Very (Fly)” – Buttons produced at the turn of the century by Whitehead and Hoag, shortly after they patented the original pinback button design. These two 6/8″ buttons were most likely premiums given away with gum or cigarettes.
11. “Let’s Lock Loins” – Cheeky 1960’s button made, according to the rimtext, by the “Hip Prod.” company right here in Chicago.
12. “I’m for Sexual Freedom” – Late-1960’s button created by Underground Uplift Unlimited, a head shop in the East Village open from 1967-71.