Let’s all celebrate the sweet 116 of the pin-back button!
Since 1896, people have been wearing and collecting buttons to express their thoughts on a variety of topics. While buttons were developed as a political wearable, advertisers quickly caught on and soon everyone wanted a button!
The nation’s button gurus, Ted Hake and Christen Carter, have declared July 21st as the day to honor the button as a graphic art form and social communication device. The date is based on the day in 1896 when the nation’s first and foremost button maker, Whitehead & Hoag of Newark, NJ received their final patent for their unique process.
This July 21, wear a button (or a few) to celebrate 116 years of the button as a topical form of expression!