In 2001 the State of California Button Society celebrated ‘60 years’ of button collecting. How has something been around so long and ‘you’ didn’t even know about it? Well, I’m here to bring you up to date! Formed in 1941 as a non-profit organization, the California State Button Society is dedicated to the hobby of button study and preservation through collecting.
Button collecting has a long and extensive history. In fact, it is thanks to the earliest collectors of the 18th and 19th centuries that these miniature works of art and industry are available to us today. Young Ladies creating their charm strings in the late 1800's surely played a large part in the beginnings of this hobby that illustrates examples of every material known.
The button hobby gained momentum during the 1930s and 1940s, a time of financial hardships when hobbies of minimal expenditure were more likely to be pursued. Today we can appreciate and build on the button heritage left to us by others. There are now more button hobbyists than ever. The fascination with the art expressed in buttons is a link to history, specific people and events of the past. As one becomes more involved you will gain an appreciation for development and use of materials and manufacturing methods so apparent in buttons.
Button Collectors have formulated a vocabulary for naming and categorizing buttons. Based on a buttons origin, period, construction, and decoration. Also in relation to themes found in button subjects.From railroad and police uniform buttons to religious themes, from animals found on the farm to wildlife in the forests or in the ocean’s depths. There's something for everyone when it comes to buttons. If you are really interested in joining in the button collecting fun, the annual gathering of collectors is the place to be.
Membership in the Society provides access to people, information, and button-fun. This includes our quarterly newsletter, "The Button Brief", plus annual conferences throughout the state of California. Annual dues are $25.
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