Always seeking out the most unique and interesting pinbacks to add to the Button Museum’s collection, Christen and Joel recently attended the Chicago chapter of the American Political Items Collectors meet-up. Collectors display available buttons from local, state and national races throughout the 20th century, along with the occasional collectible pop culture buttons here and there. Here are some of the highlights of what we added to the museum from the event.
Political buttons are obviously most of what’s on display at APIC events, and a lot of what Christen and Joel brought back for the museum. Some of the favorites included the green “Carter” button and the lenticular “I Like Ben”/Photo mayoral button, the only lenticular button for a local election we’ve ever seen.
Plenty of cause buttons were also to be had at the event. The woman who sold Christen the “Chicago Conspiracy Booster” button said of the smudges near the top left of the design, “Abbie would never let the ink dry, he was always in a hurry.” As in, Abbie Hoffman. The button was in support of the Chicago Seven who were charged with conspiracy after the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
We also added a few early 20th century advertising buttons to the collection, including the two photo buttons for K.N. & F Co. Clothing and a promotional button for the 1915 film, Midnight at Maxim’s.
This group of colorful pop culture buttons set the design-lovers in the office drooling. We’re especially excited about the great type on the “buyers rights” design, a new example to add to our club button collection with Humpty Dumpty and that great magenta Bozo to add to our growing mini-collection of buttons from the historic Chicago show.
These lenticular eye buttons are the quintessential social lubricators, inviting conversation with their slightly suggestive text and clever winking eyes. In person they’re less than an inch across making them the perfect cheeky little lapel accessory.
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