Last month’s introduction of our new 2×3″ rectangle size had us thinking about some of the interesting rectangle examples from The Button Museum. Rectangle buttons have been around for decades and used primarily used for advertising and promotions. Check out some of our favorite rectangles from the museum’s collection:
1. One of our favorite odd advertising buttons, this rectangle was for Mennen’s foot powder. Apparently using the product was like attaching a giant block of ice to your crudely drawn foot.
2. 1940’s button promoting Chicago as the “Convention Capital.” We’ve been drawing conventions even before McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America, was built in 1960.
3. From the cause section, this 1990’s environmental button was from the Human-i-Tees series of fundraiser clothing. Full disclosure: I had this t-shirt and wore it almost every day to 7th grade.
4. Another 1990’s rectangle, this political button celebrate the Clinton’s beloved Socks the cat.
5. A 1980’s promotional button for Scotch videocassettes, the design uses the rectangle shape to mimic the look of the actual cassette.
6. Promo button for the 1985 film The Goonies. Goonies never day die!
7. Self-referential joke button from the 1970s. Get it? Because who’s going to wear buttons at a nudist colony?!
Check out more hilarious, and historical buttons, from The Button Museum.