Ever since we started collecting buttons in the 1980's or so, we've been told "I've never seen so many buttons!" by customers who walk into the shop. The one thing we do not have is buttons from the big country that starts with C. Nope, we've been loyal to our European, US, and Japanese suppliers.
We've got abalone buttons from the US and Mexico. Some of the first laser carved buttons from Italy. Wood buttons from Italy and Portugal. Swarovski crystal buttons. Austrian, German, and Czech glass buttons. Metal blazer buttons from England, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany. Mother of pearl buttons from Japan. Vintage buttons from some of our friendly suppliers of the past. High fashion buttons from the same houses that supply top couturiers of France and Italy.
Today, I found some quotes about buttons that are amusing, and I thought I'd share this one:
...But, I think he must have been thinking about telephone buttons, don't you? Telephones had dials--push button phones were still a novelty!
Back in 1964, when I was in first grade, a dear friend of mind (whom I didn't yet know) was dining with the Beatles at the Embassy of Britain, in honor of their first US visit. She later told me about it and commented they were nice boys, and how tiny they were. I guess we Americans are still huge, and getting huger.
Who I did know was my first grade teacher, Glynda Shows, who had allowed her son, Owen, to watch the "Ed Sullivan Show" and reported at school the next day what an awful racket it had been.
Mrs. Shows and I are still in touch. I'll have to ask her if she likes them any better now.
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