Beautiful Backgrounds for Buttons: The Landscape Alphabet

Charles Joseph Hullmandel's "Alphabet Landscape"

I came across a stunning alphabet made of landscapes created by 19th century lithographer Charles Joseph Hullmandel. Hullmandel was a major lithographic printer and publisher in London where he opened a press in 1818. He was responsible for numerous technical developments, including lithotint and color printing.

What captured me about these images was what a wonderful background they would make for a button display! These images are owned by the British Museum, but they make the images available for your use if you register with them and tell them what you will be using the image for. You can see the collection here and register to use an image here.

Note the two little figures on the lower left corner of the letter “B.” Are they fishing?

Today’s Buttons – Tomorrow’s Collectibles (Bead & Button Article)

Collecting New Buttons

My mom, who is also my Button Mentor, always checks out the new buttons in the fabric and craft stores when she’s nearby. In comparison to the beautiful picture buttons she collects, the new buttons seem so insubstantial and dare I say it – cheap! She gently reminds me, however, that we often overlook what we perceive as common today that we will appreciate in years to come.

Shirley Hutson has written about this exact topic in the latest issue of Bead & Button Magazine here, and points out that new buttons are not only affordable, they also are great buttons to entice Junior Button Collectors to jump in.

For National Button Society Members: A New Members-Only Section

Buttons!

A Note From the National Button Society Membership Clerk, Susan Porter:

The “Members Only” section of our NBS website was officially launched at our 75th Anniversary Show in Appleton this last week.  Those attending the launch presentation were enthusiastic.

Please note that a current email address is required before you can log on.  If you have not provided your email address or have not updated it recently please contact the NBS secretary to provide that information.

At the launch instructions were provided for setting up a password which is required for logging (on or in) to the site.  You can find those instructions and information about what is include on the “Members Only” site on our public site page.

Click here to see what the site has to offer.

Click here for your logon instructions.

Please feel free to duplicate and provide this information to your local club members.  All NBS Members should find the site useful!

Editor’s Note: membership in the National Button Society is not a prerequisite for membership in the North Carolina State Button Society.

Buster Brown and His Dog Tige

Richard Outcault, the comic strip creator of Buster Brown and his dog Tige, sold the license rights to his creation to The Brown Shoe Company of St. Louis in 1904 for $200. It was quite a steal for a company that gained much usage out of the pair, and over 100 years later the shoe company is still in business. In fact, in 2004, Buster Brown Shoe celebrated its 100th anniversary with a national search for the next “Pair to Remember,” kids and their dog to be featured on Buster Brown shoe boxes. Thanks to Armchair Auctions for this great information. Getting great info like this is one reason to join Facebook if you haven’t joined already. You can see the Armchair Auction page here on Facebook.
Photo: Richard Outcault, the comic strip creator of Buster Brown and his dog Tige, sold the license rights to his creation to The Brown Shoe Company of St. Louis in 1904 for $200. It was quite a steal for a company that gained much usage out of the pair, and over 100 years later the shoe company is still in business. In fact, in 2004, Buster Brown Shoe celebrated its 100th anniversary with a national search for the next “Pair to Remember,” kids and their dog to be featured on Buster Brown shoe boxes.

Glass Buttons by Studio Artist Jodie McDougall

Jodie’s buttons are made by using an oxygen propane torch and various colored glass rods. They are not painted. She use ancient cane building techniques to create images in glass called murrini. Each image can take days to months to create. The shanks are imbedded into the glass while it is in a molten state to ensure that it becomes a permanent attachment to the piece. No glue is involved.ishot-12

Jodie’s site is Jodie McDougall Studio and buttons for sale are under the “Shop” tab on the her site.

2011 Show Buttons Still Available

We have a small quantity of 2011 show buttons for sale.

The buttons are $10.00 each plus $2.50 for shipping in a well-padded envelope.

These buttons were created by studio artist Heather Smith and feature a paper design of cherry blossoms under a glass dome with a metal back and shank. The button comes mounted on a card with information on the 100th anniversary of the Japanese gift of cherry blossom trees to the United States.

If you wish to purchase a button, please email Mary Pat Whaley at marypatwhaley@gmail.com.

Ideas for Collecting: “Threes” on Buttons

Did you ever think of collecting pictorials of three of something on buttons?

Three is a fascinating number in many ways and it’s interesting to collect things that appear in threes on buttons – this might be a very fun award!

You may enjoy collecting threes in different materials (the example shown is silk-screened fabric) such as wood, shell, glass or plastic, or you may enjoy putting together a tray of buttons of threes all in one material. Since plastic buttons are plentiful, a tray of plastic threes would be fun and affordable!

You could also choose to select threes from the pictorial section of the Blue Book, which includes plants, animals, objects without people, and other pictorials. A tray of animals in threes would be very interesting – a different animal on every button with large, medium and small buttons would be attractive and might be fun for kids or adults.

Whatever type of buttons you choose for your tray of threes, whether you call them triads, trios, troikas, triumvirates, triplets or threesomes, you will never be able to stop looking at threes on buttons once you start looking for them!