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January 9, 2015

Braving subzero windchills and foot-high snowdrifts isn’t exactly what most of I would consider a good time, but I hear that there are people who actually enjoy the weather this time of year– some who even look forward to it.  It must be true, because the Button Museum boasts a collection of buttons made by people actually celebrating the winter weather, commemorating winter festivals and events throughout the 20th century.

Winter Buttons from the Button Museum CollectionSurely if you live in one of the more northerly states of the US, you know what you’re getting yourself into for the winder. Long, cold days and longer, colder nights are the norm in places like Duluth, Minnesota and Whitefish, Montana. We assume that creating winter carnivals and such is part of the “grin and bear it” approach of getting through the season.

St. Paul Winter Carnival Buttons

St. Paul Minnesota’s Winter Carnival was founded in 1886 in response to a New York reporter who called the city “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation.” The Button Museum’s examples celebrating the event span half a century, with a grinning carnival king from 1939 (though we could be dressed more warmly for the cold– that crown offer very little insulation), and a bitter battle between Fire and Ice from 1992’s “You’ve Got to Believe”-themed celebration.

Blizzard Souvenir ButtonsAlso part of the Museum’s collection, a button for survivors of the Chicago’s Blizzard of 1979, which blanketed the city with over 16 inches in a single day in January. Not to be outdone by the generation before, the Beavers created the button on the right to commemorate Chicago’s 2011 blizzard, which dumped nearly two feet of snow is just a day and a half.

Whatever your stance on the winter weather, a commemorative button can serve as a happy reminder of good times had, or a nudge to enjoy that summer sun a little more, for Old Man Winter will be back again soon enough.

January 9, 2015

Braving subzero windchills and foot-high snowdrifts isn’t exactly what most of I would consider a good time, but I hear that there are people who actually enjoy the weather this time of year– some who even look forward to it.  It must be true, because the Button Museum boasts a collection of buttons made by people actually celebrating the winter weather, commemorating winter festivals and events throughout the 20th century.

Winter Buttons from the Button Museum CollectionSurely if you live in one of the more northerly states of the US, you know what you’re getting yourself into for the winder. Long, cold days and longer, colder nights are the norm in places like Duluth, Minnesota and Whitefish, Montana. We assume that creating winter carnivals and such is part of the “grin and bear it” approach of getting through the season.

St. Paul Winter Carnival Buttons

St. Paul Minnesota’s Winter Carnival was founded in 1886 in response to a New York reporter who called the city “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation.” The Button Museum’s examples celebrating the event span half a century, with a grinning carnival king from 1939 (though we could be dressed more warmly for the cold– that crown offer very little insulation), and a bitter battle between Fire and Ice from 1992’s “You’ve Got to Believe”-themed celebration.

Blizzard Souvenir ButtonsAlso part of the Museum’s collection, a button for survivors of the Chicago’s Blizzard of 1979, which blanketed the city with over 16 inches in a single day in January. Not to be outdone by the generation before, the Beavers created the button on the right to commemorate Chicago’s 2011 blizzard, which dumped nearly two feet of snow is just a day and a half.

Whatever your stance on the winter weather, a commemorative button can serve as a happy reminder of good times had, or a nudge to enjoy that summer sun a little more, for Old Man Winter will be back again soon enough.

December 19, 2014

Whether you made the naughty or nice list this year, a good Santa button is appropriate for all the little boys and girls this time of year. We’ve collected our favorites jolly old elf appearances from the Button Museum collection to share with you, so grab some milk and cookies and take a look!

Santa button collection

Clockwise from top left:

Waldorf-Astoria – 1960’s souvenir button for visitors of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel Santa Claus. Nothing appeases terrified kids like a button!

Merry Christmas/Happy New Year – Circa 1950’s lithograph Santa covering two December holidays.

Cat ClauseFinley the cat, beaded and Santa-fied by customer Lindsay Bland.

Googley Santa – Homemade Badge-a-Minit button from, we’re guessing, 1975. “7T5″– Get it?

Window Santa – This painted Santa originally adorned a bottle opener ordered by Alexis Wilson-Castaldi.

Chicago Daily News – Circa 1930’s promotional button for the Chicago Daily News was manufactured by Chicago-based Parisian Novelty Co.

Come Let Us Adore Him – One of the weirdest Santa buttons we’ve come across, we’ll let this one speak for itself.

 

Fore more buttons from every occasion, check out the Button Museum’s collection.

 

 

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