Monday, October 8, 2012

The Curious Case of Beautiful Button... Cards.

They just don't make them the way they used to.
I'm talking about button cards.

 Who designed these mini works of art from days gone by?
"Hi, What do you do for a living?"
"Oh, I'm a button card illustrator."

Button cards of today couldn't be plainer,
but cards of the past sometimes gave us a hint at their era...
like this one tells us mid 1920s by the hair and clothes!

This beautiful card shows us how the freshwater clam shells
were harvested from the Mississippi  River
before the buttons were stamped out of them.

Though tattered and old, this beautiful card is like an etching.

 The colors and tropical influence tell me this is from the late 40s.

I'm not so versed in children's fashions, but this card seems like 1920s, too.
Does anyone know why pearl buttons are always sewn onto foil backing?

These gold painted wooden buttons and card
seem like they're from the 1890s.
What do you think?

The hat, the hair... 1930s?

The illustrator of this card is suggesting these
tiny pearl buttons are for children's clothing.

I say we bring back creatively illustrated button cards.
Let's start a petition or something!


  1. Those are so cool!! Love all the little illustrations. :) I wanna be a button-card illustrator!

  2. These are enchanting! Even with everyday things, like buttons, design and decoration was taken into account. We're so boring these days! Thank you for sharing. I especially love the 1920s ones.

    1. Thanks for visiting Mairi! The same thing goes for old needle cards. They also used to be so beautifully illustrated.


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