Button Collecting part 2
Although the founding of the National Button Society in the USA during 1938 may have been the start of formalised club-based button collecting, buttons collecting has probably existed for as long there have been buttons! After all, buttons , as we know them now, have been around since the 13th century; for much of that history they were saved for re-use, even bequeathed if valuable.
In a newspaper article from 1888 was the phrase “during the button collecting craze in America”, stating the craze was a past occurrence. It may have referred to this craze for collecting military buttons around 1885:
Or perhaps this referred to the hobby of assembling a ‘charm string’ of buttons, which dated from the 1860s until around 1900.
Some individuals collected uniform buttons and buttons worn by famous people.
This article explains how a gentleman became an accidental collector filling in spare time during the war …