Realistics

 

Buttons shaped like the actual objects they depict are known as ‘Goofies’ (especially in the USA), realistic or figural buttons. They existed, but not commonly, before the 1930s. Examples included flowers, stars, acorns and shells.

They were very fashionable for ladies for a few years from 1936. Sometime between 1940 and the mid 1950s they morphed into something for children’s clothes.

The influential designer, Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973), was largely responsible for the mania for realistic buttons. According to Wikipedia she “was also renowned for her unusual buttons, which could resemble candlesticks, playing card emblems, ships, crowns, mirrors, and crickets or silver tambourines and silk-covered carrots and cauliflowers. Many of these fastenings were designed by jean Clement, Roger Jean-Pierre and Jean Schlumberger.” She was influenced by the surrealist art movement. Her couture house lasted from 1927-1954.

http://blog.buttons.com/elsa-schiaparelli/

The Sydney Morning Herald, 6th May 1937 page 26.

Australian Women’;s Weekly, 25th June 1938 page 5.

 

Chronicle (Adelaide) 17th October 1925 page 73. Novel star shaped buttons on a morning dress.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 7th July 1934 page 9. Brown arrow shaped buttons on a golfing outfit.

1935: “Amusing” bottle shaped buttons made by an Australian for Anthony Hordern’s.

The Labor Daily (Sydney) 15th September 1936 page 9. Heart shaped buttons adorn a sleeve.

1936: miniature carrots

The Sun (Sydney) 7th April 1937 page 26. White hat shaped buttons on a blue frock.

The Herald (Melbourne) 19yh June 1937. Flower buttons on a blouse.

News (Adelaide) 6th October 1937 page 9. Musical instruments forming a small orchestra on your blouse.

Telescope buttons.
The Central Queensland Herald, 6th May 1937 p3.

he Daily Telegraph (Brisbane), 12th October 1937.

News (Adelaide), 4th November 1937 page 12.

The Sun (Sydney), 12th May 1938.

Australian Women’s Weekly, 6th August 1938 page 6. P.S. they’re NOT insects.They’re arachnids!

Herald (Melbourne) 10th Nov 1938.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1936: Two of the shrimp buttons on a tailored frock.

Examiner(Launceston), 2nd February 1938 page 10 supplement.

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1937: a dress adorned with flower pot buttons for sale at Myers.

 

Why do we love Scotty dogs so much?

An article from a pet website has some information: https://www.terrificpets.com/articles/10210965.asp

 An British artist who moved to America, Marguerite Kirmse, was very successful drawing animals,  dogs in particular, including Scotties, in the 1920s.

One early example in pop-culture were “Ric and Rac”, a Wire Fox terrier and his Scottish terrier buddy in the 1930s. They were carton characters created by Paul Abraham (professional name Pol Rab) that featured in a French newspaper. They were so popular that their images were used for brooches, housewares and ornaments. As scotch terrier/fox terrier style buttons date from the late 1930s, they may have been an inspiration.

The famous pet of Franklin Roosevelt, Fala (1940-1952), further cemented these iconic dogs into our consciousness.

From Wikipedia.

 

Advertising from (?American) magazines show more scotties. They date from 1937-1940, and were shared on Pinterest.

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Music & Dance.

School Days. The blackboard is a super cute brooch.